|Melanie and Jaye Bailey will open Painting with a Twist in Ashburn on Aug. 21. Courtesy Photo|
The fast-growing franchise Painting with a Twist is opening its first location in Virginia, with a grand opening celebration in Broadlands Aug. 21.
When Ashburn resident Melanie Bailey, who has had a long career in law enforcement, heard about Painting with a Twist, she immediately felt a connection.
"I thought, 'I would love to do that'," Bailey said.
"I am a wannabe artist and thought it would be fun to open a business that is part of someone else's enjoyment."
Her husband, Jaye, was immediately supportive of the idea and encouraged her to look into opening a location in Ashburn.
"I love the idea of seeing people be creative," Bailey said.
Painting with a Twist offers customers the opportunity to attend public parties, or book private ones at the shop or at home.
Participants can bring refreshments and learn step-by-step from an art instructor how to paint a 16-by-20 inch piece of art. Everyone in the class works on the same piece, on their own canvas. Classes are $35 for two hours, or $45 for three hours.
"The instructor teaches you step-by-step what to do," Bailey said.
Painting with a Twist was started by two women from Louisiana who wanted to bring something back to the community after Hurricane Katrina.
It has become the largest paint-and-sip franchise in the U.S., with over 150 franchises in 25 states. The company is known for giving back to the local communities where they are located, and they have donated over $1 million so far.
"The atmosphere is fun," Bailey said. "We play music and we want people to feel good and have a good time."
Painting with a Twist is at 43150 Broadlands Center Plaza, Ashburn. Visit their Facebook page for regular updates.