Ivania Gutierrez, Chilean Charm's owner was born in Chile and lived in Sweden for four years before moving to the Triangle in 2012 because of her husband's job. She was working as a logistics coordinator for a company in Chapel Hill when she got pregnant. She was told that she had six weeks after her baby was born to come back to the job. While that's a pretty standard leave policy for many U.S. companies, she was shocked. In Sweden, workers get 480 days of maternity leave, which can be shared between the mom and the dad. In Chile, moms get six months. So she started looking for something to do that allowed her to be home with the kids and also something that inspired her. That's how her business got its start. Gutierrez designs these unique pieces. Every part of the process from the design, cutting the glass, fusion into the kiln, and the assembling is handmade. She works with a group of Chilean artisans, and Chilean Charm represents all the energy, love and passion which every unique piece is made.