WESTCHASE — From Pinterest to Etsy, everyone's crazy about crafting these days. So, Westchase resident Gina Deptula decided to help people make what they see online a reality.
In December, Deptula opened Craftology 101, a studio in the Westchase Town Center that offers classes on a wide variety of projects from scrapbooking to jewelrymaking. Participants make items at Craftology that can be taken home and used.
"With Pinterest and Etsy everyone sees all these great things but may not know where to start," said Deptula, a lifelong crafter. "I thought I'd take some legwork out of it."
The second-floor art studio, at 9638 W Linebaugh Ave., is airy and bright when you enter. On the wall in big bold colorful letters is 'Craftology.' Cubbies of art supplies line the walls and a big table in the middle of the room is set up for would-be crafters.
The studio offers weekly classes, including scrapbooking, mixed media and jewelrymaking. Participants must reserve a space to take part in classes.
Classes range from $12 for mommy-and-me crafting to $35 for a girl's night out class, where fifth-and sixth-graders make age-appropriate crafts. Supplies are included with each class fee.
As an added bonus to parents, there are early-release Monday classes for kindergarten through fifth grade. Craftology 101 also hosts private birthday parties and events.
Deptula plans to add weekly adult crafting classes soon. The classes will be three hours and crafters will be able to enjoy wine while crafting. The Craftology 101 calendar of classes changes each month.
"I love this," said Deptula, who has lived in Westchase for almost six years. "I worked in government. I'm a budget person who just happens to use the other part of my brain."
To see a full list of Craftology 101 classes, visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/craft ology101 or call (813) 920-1058.
Realtors move to West Park Village
While Craftology 101 has moved into Westchase Town Center, another tenant has moved out. The Coldwell Banker Real Estate group, Tampa Real Estate Consultants, has moved out of Town Center and into a West Park Village storefront.
Headed by longtime Westchase Realtors Dyan and Jason Pithers, the office is now in the heart of the community at 10108 Montague St., next door to the pet boutique Woof! Here It Is.
"We wanted more walkability," said Dyan Pithers, a West Park Village resident, about the move. "We feel like we're part of the community now.
The new office is decorated in an urban loft style. The decor is modern but cozy, creating a welcoming environment for people looking to get started on their home-buying journey.
In addition to Dyan and Jason Pithers, there are four other Realtors in the office, as well as an assistant. The office also provides notary public services.
Visit tamparealestateconsult ants.com or call (877) 601-8732.