For many local residents, art is a rare form of expression. For many more, art is something that is pretty to look at, but not very easy to create. Both groups now have the chance to enjoy a relaxing evening with paint brush in hand.
In October 2013, Lori Reeves and her husband Forrest decided to invest in Uptown Art, located just off of Indian Lake Boulevard, which is a local franchise art studio that had given the couple many fun and exciting experiences as customers in the past. According to Lori, the two were looking for an opportunity to get involved with a business that allowed them to have flexible hours as well as a professional staff that knew the business when they saw an opportunity to purchase the business.
“Honestly, my husband and I were looking for an entrepreneurial adventure and we saw this business that we loved to be a part of as customers,” she said. “We also saw it was a low cost investment that had a great staff that knew the business and had flexible hours for us to run so we decided to buy it.”
Art was not something the couple was particularly skilled at, but something they loved to do regardless, according to Reeves. That passion, along with the exceptional experiences with friends and each other while at the studio, was another aspect that drove them to the business.
“We were not really artists,” she said. “What was fun for us, and so many others, was being able to go there as a group or on a date night and be able to do something that we were not necessarily skilled in, but that allowed us to be passionate doing.”
For many customers who love painting but are not able to do much painting on a regular basis, it is the existence of businesses like Uptown Art that allow for customers to feed their passion for art as well as have some great fun with friends in the process, according to Reeves.
“Painting is not something many people get to sit down and do on a weekly basis or something,” she said. “I mean, it is hard to keep a studio in your house, so it is always nice to sit down and have that two or three hours to spend with friends doing something you might not be great at, but that you enjoy doing.”
Reeves also addressed what she said is the biggest cause of concern for many non-artists looking to have a good time at a place like Uptown Art.
“I have heard people say they are no good at art many times,” she said. “Everybody goes home with a masterpiece though and they are all a little different. Our artists do a great job of going through step-by-step with the customers. It is really about getting out of your comfort zone and having a lot of fun doing it.”