Jamaica has its first “Paint & Sip” business, Creative Touch Paint Party (CTPP), located at 197-05 Jamaica Avenue and it is the only minority owned “paint & sip” in Queens. Owners Leslie Lopez, of Woodhaven, and Stacey Michael, of Springfield Gardens, celebrated the grand opening recently at its Jamaica location, where the duo displayed to the public their love for art, gatherings and fun with friends.
Just recently JCAL, had their first “Paint, Wine & Cheese Party”. For those who do not know, these “paint and sip” are big in Manhattan and Brooklyn and now Jamaica has it’s first one courtesy of these two ladies.
They not only have just “paint & sip” events, but they hold painting classes for children and a six-week long summer program for youngsters. The center also provides fitness classes, including cardio, weight lifting, yoga and Zumba-style workouts.
And speaking of Yoga, hopefully, Jamaica will get a Yoga studio, which I am still surprised there is not one.
Yes, Jamaica is changing.
Creative Touch Paint Party founders Stacey Michael (left) and Leslie Lopez (right). Photos by Ariel Hernandez
BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
From a stint on the New York City’s Board of Education to a lasting friendship, two Queens residents have opened Creative Touch Paint Party (CTPP), a paint and sip business in Jamaica that focuses on cultural pieces, following a year-long hunt for the perfect space and neighborhood for the facility.
Leslie Lopez, of Woodhaven, and Stacey Michael, of Springfield Gardens, celebrated the grand opening of CTPP at its Jamaica location, where the duo displayed to the public their love for art, gatherings and fun with friends.
“While paint and sips have become more common, we wanted to put a twist on it, creating cultural pieces that spoke to us, rather than painting sunsets and beaches,” Michael said. “We want to focus on pieces that represent us and that we’d be proud to hang up in our house.”
In an effort to differentiate from other paint and sips, CTPP provides refreshments—such as cheese, crackers and fruit—but also butler service and refills of drinks and snacks, so that the attendee doesn’t lose their place during the class. Although paint and sips traditionally involve painting while drinking wine, Michael and Lopez encourage their clients to bring their own bottles—whether it be wine, sparking water or juice.
But paint and sips are not the only events provided by CTPP. The duo holds painting classes for children and a six-week long summer program for youngsters. The center also provides fitness classes, including cardio, weight lifting, yoga and Zumba-style workouts. For clients looking to celebrate a birthday party, bridal shower or other event at CTPP, the facility also provides private venue rental space.
Paintings created by Creative Touch Paint Party clients spread proudly around the business’ new facility.
Michael said that she and Lopez are looking for new ways to serve the community.
“[We want to] be a one-stop shop close by, where you don’t have to travel to Brooklyn or to the other side of Queens [and] you can get the best service possible,” Michael said. “There’s other paint and sips. There are other businesses they can go to. But it’s not in this community. I’m proud to say that we’re the only minority paint and sip business in Queens.”
Following the grand opening last Friday, CTPP held its first class on June 3, during which clients painted “My Sister’s Keeper.”
“It’s just a good feeling when you can come to something that you love,” Lopez said. “That you can do something with art and have people leave here happy with what they’ve done.”
Lopez said that when seeking the perfect name for CTPP, the duo knew they wanted people to be creative with their art and using their own colors and that CTPP was ensuring that each person’s piece is individual to them.
“At the end of the day, they’re taking [their painting] home and hanging it in whatever part of their house that they want, so we want to make sure that they’re creative,” Lopez said. “Creative Touch stands for painting creative pieces, while using your own touch.”
The duo’s motto is: “You come in a beginner and leave an urban Picasso.”
With a goal to expand CTPP and turn it into a franchise, the women are motivated by how far they have come.
Lopez said that the fact they have their own space after operating mobile, hosting paint and sips at other venues is proof that dreams can come true.
“If you put your mind into it, you can really make it happen,” Lopez said. “From where we started, from the beginning, through the ups and downs that you really go through, not realizing that you’re going through it—to then see success. It’s proof that there’s a brighter light and you’ll get there if you don’t give up.”
Michael said that as two women, one of whom is a mother, it is empowering to own a business.
The women encourage Queens residents to drop by CTPP for a paint and sip. CTPP is open from Tuesday through Sunday and Michael and Lopez schedule events based on client requests. Beginning on July 8, there will be fitness classes held on Saturdays and, possibly, Sundays based on client interest. Although CTPP is not currently open on Mondays, Michael and Lopez are willing to make arrangements if clients are interested in attending a class or hosting an event on that day.
Creative Touch Paint Party is located at 197-05 Jamaica Ave. For more information, visit http://www.creativetouchpaintparty.com.