A Couple in love and in business.
Who are these two love birds?
Our names are Fredo Zavarella (age 26) and Robyn Woytiuk (age 28) and we are the owners of the Tipsy Turny Trailer mobile bar in Toronto. By day we both work in the advertising and marketing field – Fredo work in accounts/project management and Robyn is a creative freelancer and designer.
Rise and Shine! Early 6:30am weekend mornings, and these two are always ready to work on their dream DIY trailer.
What is Tipsy Turny Trailer?
What is the inspiration behind this venture?
The Tipsy Turny Trailer is Toronto’s cutest mobile bar, which serves craft beverages and cocktails from a trendy retro trailer that we completely renovated and redesigned ourselves. The ethos of our company is to highlight the best of Toronto's (and Southern Ontario’s) craft beverage scene, whether that’s beer, cider, wine, cold brew, spirits or kombucha. This region has so much to offer and we want to showcase the great products that are crafted here. The idea to start the company stemmed from Robyn’s desire to live in a retro van and Fredo's love of craft beer and other local beverages.
Exterior illustration of the Tipsy Turny Trailer designed by Robyn.
Being in love with your business partner and partners with your sweetheart. How did this situation unfold?
Fredo: We met while working at an advertising agency together at the start of our careers. We went through the same internship program and connected while working on a client together.
Robyn: We shared a love of music and cheap drinks so we often would go to The Horseshoe and The Cameron House and see shows. Our first date we went to see an all girl Weezer cover band called Sheezer.
"If anything, this venture has brought us closer together because it has shown us that we can work together around a shared passion and bring an idea to life."
F+R: If anything, this venture has brought us closer together because it has shown us that we can work together around a shared passion and bring an idea to life. Sure there are tons of challenges that we’ve faced and quite a few arguments (all Robyn's fault) that we’ve had throughout the journey, but we learned how to work with each other and communicate effectively which has lead to a stronger relationship than we had before.
What are some differences you find working as a couple vs. working with a business partner sans relationship?
- We get to build something together
- We’re always connected and share the same vision
- We get to pull inspiration from our experiences together
- We aren't scared to just speak our minds as we do in our own relationship. So much open communication.
- It’s hard to turn off the business side when you’re at home
- If you disagree on something you can’t just walk away from the situation when you live in the same home!
- You have to see the other person all the time... jk that's a total pro!
"The line between love and work is quite blurred for us, so we have to constantly be mindful of when we are too heavily focused on the business and when we need to relax and spend time on our relationship."
How do you separate love and work?
Is there a separation?
F+R: Since we’re in a relationship, we’re very much on the same page regarding the vision of our business and are in constant, open communication with each other, which may be more difficult with a regular business partner. Since we’re so close, we know how to communicate effectively with each other and our personalities mesh together so well.
Couple Outfits: Play vs. Work
Fredo: The line between love and work is quite blurred for us, so we have to constantly be mindful of when we are too heavily focused on the business and when we need to relax and spend time on our relationship.
"I cant remember the last time we had a date night that didn’t lead into a full blown to do list for the following weekend of trail Renos."
Robyn: We constantly have to be conscious of how much we are discussing our business in our personal life. I cant remember the last time we had a date night that didn’t lead into a full blown to do list for the following weekend of trail Renos. But at the end of the day when we stop and look at what we have accomplished it really is worth it. We already have goals and a vision for our life and this business is a small part of our larger business venture.
What are the biggest learnings you’ve had while working together? How do you stay connected to each other?
Robyn: Getting a better understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses has been a big learning. Also, learning when it’s worth it to fight for something that you really care about or compromise for your partner.
Fredo: I think the whole process of building this business together has kept us connected. We each care so deeply about the success of what we’ve made and staying true to the vision that we collectively have, which ultimately keeps us close and reinforces what brought us together in the first place!
"...we both have such different strengths and weaknesses that work so well together."
R+F: Biggest learning for me is that we both have such different strengths and weaknesses that work so well together. Fredo is fearless when it comes to trying something new, like using a power tool that could cut his hand off… I am great at visualizing creative elements and seeing what I want in my head and explaining how it should look and feel. But we also both get so caught up in the moment sometimes so we rely on the each other to call us out on our BS and make sure we are moving forward.
Why is it important to send “feels” especially in this digital age?
R+F: We feel it’s important to send messages of gratitude since there’s a level of thoughtfulness and care that comes with a handwritten note that can’t be captured in a social media message or comment. You know that with a physical note the person took an extra step to show they care for you and want you to feel special.
Which Bonnefetti Wine Tags did you choose to send to each other and why?
Robyn: Our relationship is a little sassy and a little sweet all at the same time. Fredo and I have the ability to get so frustrated at each other and then be laughing and kissing within seconds. It's the best way to be.
Fredo: There's no doubt in my mind that Robyn is my partner for life, so starting this venture with anyone else was out of the question!
Words you live by?
– Words they live by as business partners
– Words they live by for their relationship
From the Desk of Bonnefetti
Some of you may have seen Robyn's lovely face or have personally experienced her bubbly personality while she was working at the One of a Kind Show Winter 2018 for Bonnefetti. It was here at this show that we found out about her new venture with her Partner Fredo. From that day forward, we have been glued to Tipsy Turny Trailer's Instagram Stories, where they share the complete day to day process of their DIY trailer, alongside some entertaining but loving couple quirks and outbreaks. We're so excited to be one of the first to announce that they are launching June 1st and are currently taking bookings!
Hi Robyn and Fredo,
thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. You two are definitely "couple preneuers" to watch out for. You two are the perfect example of free spirits in love brought together by a united vision with a work ethic and drive fuelled by each other. Truly inspiring.
Cheers you two. Job well done and wishing you much success, continued connection to each other and can't wait to see your truck Toby zipping around the city.
xo, Nancy Ng