PINELLAS PARK — A popular art studio where customers can drink alcohol while they learn to paint is coming to Park Boulevard.
Painting With a Twist will open at the end of this month in the 5600 block between council member Rick Butler's insurance office and Bottles Pub, the latest addition to what officials have deemed the city's "emerging creative district."
"We're hoping we can anchor and help develop that area," said Leslie Gay, a franchisee of the St. Petersburg and Clearwater locations working to open the Pinellas Park studio. "We've been really thrilled that we see it coming along."
The studio offers painting classes taught by local artists that run $35 per person for two hours or $45 per person for three hours, Gay said. Teachers take students through every step of the process, from stroke technique to which brush to use. The twist: customers can bring their own beverage to sip on while they paint.
Most classes happen in the evening, but customers can make a reservation for a class any time if there's an artist available. The studio is also open to events such as birthdays and bachelorette parties, and team building for businesses.
Along with classes, the studio will hold a monthly fundraising event called Painting With a Purpose that raises money for local charitable organizations, Gay said.
"We're always very interested in giving back to community," she said.