WDTN Living Dayton – 2/16/2016
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Check out the Miami Valley’s do-it-yourself crafting venues.
You have pinned all the cool home decor you can find on the Pinterest social media app but have yet to try a project. Maybe you don’t really believe you are all that crafty. Or maybe you started pricing all the supplies and thought better of it.
“People love to pin all these great crafts but are too intimidated to try them,” says Chesley Booth, co-founder of Corks & Crafts. “That’s where we come in!”
Dayton is jumping on the do-it-yourself crafting bandwagon with more than 15 local venues and organizations to help you get crafty. Whether it’s your first project or you’re a DIY pro looking for some advice there are knowledgeable crafters ready and willing to make sure you get that Pinterest-perfect piece for your home.
Bringing art to you
Corks & Crafts was started three years ago by four teachers from Northmont High School—three art teachers and a German instructor. Abby Daniels, Bethany Allen, Chrissy Hall and Chesley Booth say their goal was to create a new model for DIY crafters that included functional pieces for the home.
“We wanted to help people get in touch with their inner artists and craftsmen,” says Daniels, one of the co-founders. “To go farther than just pinning a cool piece and find the creativity within themselves to do it.”
The ladies shared that initially they borrowed their husband’s power tools, but now they all have their own and they are willing to share. The group tries every project together first to look for any issues that might come up.
“I am always the voice of reason,” shares German teacher and co-founder Hall. “While a project may seem easy to the three of them I sometimes struggle, which means our customers may struggle, too.”
Once they have a project down they schedule an event. The team brings all of the supplies to the venue. “We bring it all, teach the class and do all the cleanup,” Allen says. Their events take place at various establishments in and around the Miami Valley, including restaurants, churches and community centers.
“People are amazed by what they can do,” says Booth. “We never let them leave with a bad project.”
Corks & Crafts classes range from $25-$50 and all supplies and materials are included. They offer a class a month, but can also be booked for parties.
How about some wine with that painting?
The combination of brushes and vino seems to be a big hit across the area with several locations offering a fun evening with friends. Included in the evening are individual art instruction, a new piece of artwork for your walls and you get to do it all while you enjoy a glass of wine.
Local couple Greg Kennedy and Jessica Mancz had planned to visit Raise Your Brush in Centerville for a while. So the Valentine’s Day Couples Paint event seemed right up their alley.
“We loved the idea of creating individual pieces that combined into a single artwork for us to share,” says Kennedy. “Plus, we are a bit competitive. We are still deciding who did the better painting.”
According to the couple the instructors allowed for some flexibility in things like color choices, but mostly they followed the step-by-step instructions. While the painting project was $40 per couple they also enjoyed the bar and snacks, which do cost extra but help get the creative juices flowing.
Raise Your Brush offers a relaxed atmosphere providing all the painting supplies and assures guests that no experience is needed. They can host fundraising sessions with a minimum of 20 people and will donate $10 per person. Raise Your Brush also hosts bachelorette parties, birthday parties and special occasions.
“We would love to do it again,” says Kennedy. “It was a lot of fun and a new experience for date night.”
Looking for something other than paintings and pallet projects? Then check out Cozy Melts. Located in the Fairfield Commons Mall, Cozy Melts offers do-it-yourself pottery, jewelry and candle making. With a comfortable atmosphere and your choice of coffees, teas or hot chocolate, the store features ready-made pottery and the ability to create your own pieces, including clay pendants for jewelry. You paint and glaze your pieces and the shop will fire them in its kiln in a week.
Its popular Woodwick Candles are available to make in the store. Pick a container, wax type, scent and color then pour the candle right in the store. There is a $7 studio fee for all projects with prices on individual pottery ranging from $3.99 to as much as $50. Its pottery room can accommodate large groups so bring some friends.
You don’t want to miss out on this great trend and try your hand at all of these great DIY projects. Let your creativity be free. Find class schedules and more at corksandcrafts.biz, raiseyourbrush.com, and cozymelts.com.
- Olivia Barrow
- Senior Reporter-Dayton Business Journal
Dayton’s largest brewery is taking its branding to the next level by teaming up with a local paint-and-drink company.
Warped Wing Brewing Co. is collaborating with Raise Your Brush, a painting studio in Centerville that offers a full bar during painting classes, on a Flyin’ Rye IPA-themed painting class.
Andy and Laura Carter, owners of Raise Your Brush, have created a painting that celebrates the Flyin’ Rye IPA, one of Warped Wing’s three core beers. It also features the brewery’s slogan, “Share a Pint, Make a Friend.”
The collaboration event is a testimony to the power of Warped Wing’s brand that other businesses are finding a demand for artwork inspired by the brewery. The popularity of craft beer, and especially local craft beer, means this event could likely work with several of the other breweries.
“We have not seen any other companies do a painting about the brewery,” said Andy Carter. “Depending on how this one goes we might do a series of events and change up the painting each time, but keep it about Warped Wing.”
The event will be held April 18 at Warped Wing, on 26 Wyandot St. in Dayton, at 12 p.m., with a maximum of 50 people who can sign up ahead of time at Raise Your Brush.
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- Olivia Barrow
- Senior Reporter-Dayton Business Journal
The Dayton area’s first paint-and-drink studio is expanding to a second location.
Raise Your Brush just signed a lease for a 2,000-square-foot space in downtown Troy at 7 S. Market St., said owner Laura Carter.
Carter and her husband Andy started the business in 2012 after seeing the model work in other cities. Since they opened, a half-dozen other similar studios have opened around the region, including a national chain Pinot’s Palette.
Carter said she is excited to open in Troy because of its vibrant downtown, and because all of the other studios in the area are south or east of Dayton and the northern market is still underserved.
“We’re really excited to expand into that market and start doing team building events and fundraisers in addition to our regular classes,” she said.
Carter said the space, which used to house Stafford Uniquely Sports before it moved to 104 E. Main St., will need to be built out with a small kitchen, accessible bathrooms and a cleaning room. Contractor Roger Hoover, with Non-Crisis Management, will lead the build out, which will probably cost between $50,000 and $60,000.
Carter said she hopes to make a splash in town by opening in time for the Strawberry Festival on June 6 and 7, which draws nearly 100,000 people to downtown Troy.
Raise Your Brush has five instructors, and Carter said she will be looking for a few more art teachers who want to lead classes.
Carter said the increased competition from other similar studios has only boosted her business as more people have heard of the concept. The studio’s new party room, which opened Jan. 24, is booked nearly solid until April, she said.
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New Club Merchant: Raise Your Brush
169 N. Main St. Centerville, OH 45459
(across from Benham’s Grove)
(937) 470-5487 • www.raiseyourbrush.com
Raise Your Brush is Dayton’s premier paint and sip studio. Independently owned and operated by Andy and Laura Carter, they offer step-by-step painting sessions while you enjoy a glass of wine or beer. no experience is necessary; their seasoned art instructors will walk you through the painting process to help you create your own masterpiece. Regular painting sessions are held several days a week at
7 p.m. and are open to everyone. Private parties are also available to book for special events such as birthdays, retirements, bridal showers, or just a girls’ night out. Teambuilding sessions can be booked during the day for your company, and their fundraising events are a great way to raise money for any organization. Kids’ parties are also available!
Show your Club DLM card at your painting session, and receive 15% off your next visit. You can receive this promotional certificate every time you paint at Raise Your Brush!
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By Mark Fisher | Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 07:19 AM
Raise Your Brush, at 169 N. Main St. across from Benham’s Grove in Centerville, blends hands-on art classes with wine and beer. It is the brainchild of former middle-school art teacher and Kettering native Laura Carter, who owns the business with her husband Andy.
Tuesday’s open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring free appetizers; drinks will be available from the shop’s bar, Carter said. A ribbon-cutting with Centerville city officials is scheduled for 6 p.m. Open-house attendees will receive a $10-off coupon for any session they attend in February. Raise Your Brush will open officially for business two days after the open house, on Jan. 31.
Carter holds a degree in fine arts from the University of Dayton and taught art at Smith Middle School in Vandalia for 12 years until she was laid off last spring due to the failure of a school levy.
Most Raise Your Brush sessions will focus on painting, but some will involve craft-making, Carter said. Sessions also will be available for private parties.
“Many women go to jewelry parties or kitchen-gadget parties in the evenings, just to get out of the house and have a glass of wine with their friends,” Carter said last month. “We will offer a much different experience for people to get away for a few hours, and to get creative at the same time.”
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By Mark Fisher | Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 10:09 AM
CENTERVILLE — A former art teacher is poised to launch a Centerville business that combines art classes with wine and beer.
When it opens in the coming weeks, Raise Your Brush will serve wine and beer during hands-on art sessions held at 169 N. Main St., across from Benham’s Grove in Centerville.
Blending art with wine “creates a very fun, casual atmosphere,” said co-founder Laura Carter, who will own the business with her husband Andy. “Some people are inhibited by the thought of painting or crafting. The beer and wine can give people a bit of courage.”
Carter, a Kettering native and Alter High School graduate, holds a degree in fine arts from the University of Dayton and taught art at Smith Middle School in Vandalia for 12 years until she was laid off last spring due to the failure of a school levy. She was pregnant at the time with her son, “so we figured this was probably a good time to move on and do what was best for our family,” Carter said.
She recalled a photo that a friend had posted last February of a painting that the friend had created while attending a class at an art-and-wine franchise operation in North Carolina. Carter said she looked into the concept “and fell in love with the idea.”
Most Raise Your Brush sessions will focus on painting, but some will involve craft-making, Carter said. Sessions also will be available for private parties. Beer and wine will be offered at $3 to $4 a glass, and there may be occasional ï»¿specials such as a margarita or mojito night.
“Many women go to jewelry parties or kitchen-gadget parties in the evenings, just to get out of the house and have a glass of wine with their friends,” said . “We will offer a much different experience for people to get away for a few hours, and to get creative at the same time.”
A similar business called Paint By The Glass is located at 8179 Princeton-Glendale Road in West Chester.
Owners expect to open at end of the year
- Olivia Barrow Staff Reporter-Dayton Business Journal
One of the newest social media sites,Pinterest, and the obsession with do-it-yourself decor it has spawned, have inspired a local entrepreneur to go into business.
Laura Carter, an art teacher for 12 years before she was laid off in Vandalia, is starting Raise Your Brush with her husband Andy. The business offers group art classes with the option of drinking a glass of wine or a beer.
“People can come in in the evenings for a couple hours with friends, get a glass of wine or beer, and do paintings, popular crafts — the things people put on their pinboards on Pinterest but never get around to doing,” Carter said.
Carter recently signed a lease on a 2,600-square-foot building at 169 N. Main St. in Centerville. She is currently in the process of getting permits approved, but Carter said she hopes to open in December or January. One of those permits includes a liquor license permit, as the art studio will include a full bar.
“We want to have an arts and entertainment venue where people can come in in a relaxed venue and have something to take home,” she said.
Richard Potaski, a broker with Vic Green Realty, negotiated the 5-year lease.
“I think it will be terrific because I perceive that her demographics are a little upscale, and Centerville is right in the heart of an upscale area,” Potaski said.
The trend of combining art classes with social drinking has swept across many parts of the country, especially in the South, but has yet to hit Dayton.
Cincinnati has a few offerings, and West Chester has a studio called Paint By the Glass, but Carter said she had not seen a similar studio in Dayton.