Name: Uptown Art
Owners: Rona Hutchinson and Kasie Lindley
Location: 2 Cherokee Blvd., Suite 100
Opened: July 13
Service: The art teachers at Uptown Art walk customers through the process of creating a painting in two- and three-hour classes. Each student starts with a blank canvas and ends with a finished painting, which could range from a sunset to a flower to a group of margarita glasses. The business hosts art classes every night, and also hosts parties and special events.
Atmosphere: All night classes are open to students age 12 and older, Hutchinson said. Birthday parties and special events are open to all ages. The company cannot serve alcohol but encourages customers to bring their own alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks and snacks. The company provides cups and bottle openers.
Prices: $35 per person, per class
Initial investment: From $10,000 to $25,000
How it got started: Hutchinson and Lindley met a few years ago, and this is the first business they've opened together. The pair graduated from Launch, a local business incubator, last fall.
Five-year goal: Hutchinson wants to grow the business' connections with the North Shore and eventually include a gallery to showcase the personal work of her five on-staff artists.
Phone number: 423-602-8580
-- Compiled by Shelly Bradbury, who may be reached at 757-6525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shelly Bradbury joined the Times Free Press as a business reporter in January 2013, after starting with the paper as a general assignment intern in July 2012. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint Hill Times. Outside the newsroom, Shelly enjoys ...
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