TRINITY — At their colorfully decorated studio on SR 54, Michelle Beres and Sharon Reis goofed off as the photographer snapped photos of the friends. Todd Pillars directed them where to stand and at what angle to hold their paintbrushes.
“Do a couple strokes, then look at me,” Pillars called out from behind his camera.
“That’s what he said,” Beres retorted, giggling.
The majority of the photoshoot involved bubbles, paintbrush moustaches and wine bottles held in provocative poses. Eventually, Pillars called out that it was time for the “serious shots,” eliciting groans from the fun-loving ladies.
“Are you more comfortable with the brush or the bottle?” Pillars asked Reis. She snored in reply.
“What kind of a question is that?” Beres said, laughing.
The photo shoot was held to send professional photos to corporate for their brochure for the upcoming Painting With a Twist annual conference in New Orleans this August. While these franchise owners were excited for the shoot, their minds were occupied by the excitement of something else.
Beres and Reis are opening a new studio in the Carrollwood area of Hillsborough County. There is a PWAT studio on South MacDill Avenue in Tampa owned by someone else but nothing exists to serve the population on the opposite side of the city.
These ladies are ready to change that with the grand opening of their new studio at 12929 N. Dale Mabry Highway, near Side Splitters Comedy Club.
Beres said that when the first opened the Trinity studio nearly three years ago, the intention was to eventually own numerous franchises in the Tampa Bay. They’re making that dream come true in May or June with the grand opening of their second studio.
“Every couple years, some people have children,” Beres said. “Others open a new Painting With a Twist.”
The business, which pairs instructional art and wine, started as Corks N Canvas in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, La. The company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist in 2009, and to date there are nearly 200 franchise locations in the country.
Experienced instructors head up each class and guide individuals through the steps of a pre-determined painting, of which there are more than 4,000 to choose from. Bubbles are blown and bells are rung when frustration peaks, resulting in the clinking of wine classes and laughter.
Every month, each studio also holds a “Painting With a Purpose” event that gives back to a local nonprofit organization. The Good Samaritan Clinic from the class on Sunday, April 26 at the Trinity location at 8351 State Road 54, Suite 112.
In the next couple months, Beres and Reis will unveil the new Tampa studio with a grand opening party. They are giving away 30 seats to the event on their Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1mkki1N.
“In Tampa, we have the university, a lot of mothers groups and young professionals in Carrollwood,” Reis said. “A lot of people from the area already come to the Trinity studio.”
The ladies hope to recruit new painting addicts that can’t make it out to their studio in Trinity or who want something a little closer to home. They couldn’t be more excited.
“We’re in our groove,” Beres said.
For more information about the Trinity or Carrollwood Painting With a Twist, call (727) 376-1112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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