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Our namesake the Baltimore Clipper Schooner, "Vigilant" sailed commercially on the world's oceans for over 130 years. For us here at Vigilant it represents superior design, durability, dependability and value. All of our wine cellars, wine racks, wine cellar doors, wine cabinets and lockers, custom cabinetry and millwork, and cigar cabinets that bear the Vigilant name are crafted with those values in mind. We build our products using the finest materials and craftsmanship for the enjoyment of our customers.

Vigilant Designs Unique Cabinetry for the Tasting Library

Posted By on November 18, 2015

The Tasting Library, a new wine tasting/retail store recently opened in Sheridan, Wyoming. Their unique concept offers customers the chance to “try before you buy;” allowing them to sample an array of fine wine and spirits before actually making a purchase.

Vigilant's beautiful metal wine racks. Photo by Ron Richter

Metal wine display racks. Photo by Ron Richter

Danyelle Heide, general manager of Star Liquor, parent company to the new Tasting Library, asked for Vigilant’s help to design custom wine cabinetry to house special wine dispensers for 44 bottles of wine and display a selection of bourbons, tequila, and single malts. The challenge: design cabinetry that would blend seamlessly with the surrounding cherry millwork and provide the functionality required to house the dispensing units and provide storage for retail stock. Vigilant created custom wine cabinetry to include open areas for the dispensing units, diamond cube bulk wine bottle storage and cubbie inserts to house oddly shaped wine bottles. They also include hanging wine glass storage, locking storage cabinets and wine display areas with LED lighting accents. The metal wine display racks provide a perfect separation between the sampling area and the bar. Real cork floors, granite counter tops and hand-blown glass pendant lights add a pleasant, homey atmosphere.

Custom cabinetry designed for the space. Photo by Ron Richter

Custom wine cabinets, storage bins and wine displays for the tasting bar. Photo by Ron Richter

The Tasting Library also offers craft brews, specialty cheeses, high end olive oil, coffees, and other items to compliment your wine purchase. In addition to wine tasting, clients can enjoy an array of light appetizers and small cheese plates.

The Tasting Library, 700 N Main Street | Sheridan, WY |307-655-5056

Vigilant Crafts Wine Cabinets for Hotel Hershey

Posted By on July 21, 2015

Vigilant partnered with Shea Design out of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Steve McNulty of Hershey Entertainment to fully revamp the Circular Restaurant at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The stunning hotel overlooks Milton S. Hershey’s iconic chocolate factory and was modeled after a hotel Mr. Hershey had visited in the Mediterranean. Vigilant has worked with Hotel Hershey in the past, previously on a custom wine cellar and cabinets.

 Wine Cabinets

Wine Cabinets in progress at our plant in Dover, NH

A series of cooled wine cabinets, made from beautiful black walnut, were fashioned to enclose the hotel’s new private dining area. The cabinets are fully insulated, with 1-3/4 inch thick solid black walnut framed, insulated glass doors and back panels with applied divided lite. A series of stainless steel metal rod bottle holders can store up to 600 bottles of Hotel Hershey’s choicest wine. Raised panel top and base cabinets nicely conceal the cooling system and ducting. The wine cabinets are dual zoned, meaning the water is cooled using ducted split systems. This enables the hotel to house both red and white wine at the ideal serving temperatures for guests. Attractive LED lighting completes the elegant look of the cabinets.

Installed cabinets in the Hotel Hershey dining room


Private dining enclosed by custom wine cabinets

Vigilant Designs Custom Wine Cabinets for Hawaiian Resort

Posted By on July 7, 2015

Vigilant constructed these custom wine cabinets for the new Bali Hai restaurant at the Hanalei Bay Resort in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii. The former Bali Hai restaurant was destroyed by fire in 2011, and we were contacted by Jim Mehta and Ed Colson of HBR Enterprises in Hanalei, Hawaii to help in restoring the restaurant. The project began in August of 2014 and involved designing a bank of wine cabinets with a capacity of at least 900 bottles of wine.


Bali Hai custom wine cabinets

Our New England craftsman built the cabinets from African mahogany with a custom finish, matched to the client’s existing millwork. They stand 12’6” tall and span a width of 117” and are able to store 960 bottles of wine. They’re also 32” deep to accommodate double-deep wine bottle storage.

The Bali Hai cabinets sport solid mahogany wine racks with a double high reveal display row and RGB color-changing LED lighting, which illuminates the cabinets with varying shades of light. A custom rolling ladder was added to allow for access to the upper most wine storage. A remote water cooled, ducted system maintains the perfect environment for proper wine storage. Because of an open-air, humid climate, Vigilant utilized special moisture-resistant materials and a high-R value glass to ensure long-term durability, efficient system operation to minimize condensation risk. These necessary steps ensure the long term integrity and beauty of these furniture quality wine cabinets.


The cabinets flaunt color-changing LED lighting

Looking for that Perfect Gift on Father’s Day?

Posted By on June 19, 2015

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and maybe you’re a little stumped on what to get for dad’s special day. Here’s a thought – what about an awesome cigar humidor? Perhaps your dad has been yearning for the perfect place to store his cigars but hasn’t wanted to treat himself. Now’s your chance!

Vigilant handcrafts an expansive line of standard electronic humidors, for 500 to 2000 cigars. From end tables to armoires and display humidors, Vigilant makes a humidor to suit most. However, if none of our standard humidors work for you, we are happy to custom design a humidor to suit your exact needs. Need inspiration? Check out the cool cigar humidor/locker we created for Wolfgang’s restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel & Resort in Bahrain. Vigilant worked with designer Nicole Gordone from Waldo’s Design in Los Angeles and Susan Tong at the Four Seasons in Toronto, CA to design this superior cigar cabinet.

Vigilant Custom Cigar Humidor Lockers

Custom Cigar Cabinet Lockers

The design needed to accommodate the clients need for individual cigar storage for its customers and a sleek-looking cabinet that would enhance the decor inside the restaurant. This unique custom humidor flaunts exterior wood framed, wavy acrylic panel sides and doors, Spanish Cedar lined cigar drawers with locks and custom knobs as specified by the client.  The exterior cabinet and interior drawer faces were finished in a custom stain to match the client’s surrounding millwork. For security, this custom humidor cabinet features both locking exterior cabinet doors and locking interior cigar drawers that are keyed separately. Looks aside, to create the perfect storage environment for the hotel guests’ fine cigars, a Vigilant Guardian digital humidification system was installed in one of the lower drawers. An electronic sensor mounted centrally in the cabinet, precisely monitors the humidity level, sending signals to the digital Guardian controller when additional humidity is needed to maintain the client’s desired level.  This system delivers accuracy to +/- 2% RH, ensuring the optimum environment for long term storage of fine cigars.

Vigilant Custom Humidor with Lockers

Humidor with “Wavy” Door Panels

So, if you’re looking to surprise dad this Father’s Day with a killer gift, check out our complete line of humidors at vigilantinc.com or give us a call.  We’d love to work with you and dad will be glad you did!

Are Hardwood Wine Cellar Doors Better than Doors Made of LVL?

Posted By on May 27, 2015

Vigilant utilizes only the highest-quality materials and employs skilled New England craftsmen to create the finest products. Our hand crafted wine cellar doors are a perfect example of the finest craftsmanship. Each door is fashioned from hand-selected, 1-3/4″ thick superior hardwood. Choose a solid poplar, mahogany or custom wood frame. No unnatural or toxic materials are used when constructing our cellar doors, as we don’t want to undermine the integrity of our product. All Vigilant wood/glass doors utilize High R Value- Argon Filled, Insulated, Tempered, Low E Panels to provide a higher R- Value than standard insulated glass panels. Each Vigilant Door is pre-hung in a 3/4″ solid wood jamb with a threshold, door sweep and door seal to help maintain the perfect storage environment for your wine cellar.

This image shows a solid piece of mahogany hardwood used in all our wine cellar doors.

Need a door in a hurry? Lead time on many of our standard doors is only 2-3 weeks. Or, if none of our standard door options work for you, just let us know and we are happy to design and build a door to suit your exact needs.

Unfortunately, our competitors don’t always hold themselves to an equally strict standard. Many choose Laminate Veneer Lumber (LVL) when fashioning their cellar doors. While these doors are called “solid wood,” they are in fact not a solid piece of hardwood but a series of thin wood strips, glued together to make the frame. These thin wood strips are fastened together with toxic glue, containing chemicals that may be harmful to the environment. This engineered wood is cemented together in the same manner as plywood, creating a random (and unappealing) pattern. Many of our competitors use only standard double paned glass, offering minimal insulation value.


Laminated Veneer Lumber is not the same quality as solid hardwood.

So if you’re seeking unsurpassed craftsmanship and a commitment to excellence, we think you’re in the right place! Just call, email or fill out a door request here to get a quote today.