Dexter and Maria Troupe are bringing a really neat addition to our Madison community, and after learning all about it this week, I’m more than ready for them to swing open the doors of their new business: Wine & Design.
Wine & Design in Madison, Alabama
Maria Troupe, co-owner of our local Wine & Design, shared that “obviously we are a paint and sip”, but that this business offers five divisions that make it so much more than what some customers may be expecting this business to be.
For “little Picassos, we will have Art Buzz Kids”, says Troupe. A private room will also be available for birthday parties! Art Buzz Kids classes will be for children of all ages, and class options will be available online.
Wine & Design will offer classes where guests create take-home items that don’t involve a paintbrush. A couple of examples include door hangers/wreaths (“We’ll be offering these this fall for sure”, says Troupe.) and chunky, knit blankets. All kinds of home-related items as well as items that could be gifted will be offered.
Keep an eye out for the full class schedule online to keep up with upcoming D.I.Y. classes.
3. Paint It Forward
A play on words to the phrase “pay it forward,” this division focuses on partnering with local and national organizations to benefit the greater good. The franchise as a whole is greatly affiliated with making strides in the ALS community. As a local business, Troupe says that three avenues she’s passionate about giving back to are Susan G. Komen for breast cancer, charities that work with Alzheimer’s, and The American Heart Association.
4. Bringing the Party to You
“Our ‘On Wheels’ division is where we bring the party to you. From Bachelorette parties at a local hotel to family reunions at a park, we do it all.”
To get started with setting up a custom party at your home or the venue of your choice, visit online here to fill out a form.
5. Team Building
Wine & Design works with teams of all kinds, both in-studio or at a location of the team’s choice.
Something really unique they offer is the option to pick one pre-selected image, and everyone on the team paints “a piece of the puzzle”.
For example, a team may decide to paint their company’s logo with 20 attendees. Wine & Design would split the logo into 20 sections and let everyone paint a pre-sketched portion that the business can then all piece together.
Troupes shared that this works well for teams of all sizes and that she really enjoys seeing examples of businesses that have hung these in their workplaces.
Something else unique about Wine & Design is that they are not a “BYOB”. All beer, wine, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served in-house, making attending an event like this even easier. All guests have to do is show up and be treated to an array of beverages.
Author note: The kitchen/wine fridge area is so pretty! They’re still putting finishing touches on the area so I didn’t snap any pictures, but it’s going to be really nice.
Health & Safety
When asked about COVID-19 precautions, Troupe listed many. She says that they are more than capable of following CDC guidelines and hope interested guests will still come in to enjoy everything they have to offer.
- The room typically seats 25 people, but they will open by only seating 10 people per class (just two people per table, so keep this in mind if you attend with a party of three).
- The spacious private room typically seats 16 but will initially only seat 8.
- All employees will be wearing Wine and Design masks.
- Hand sanitizer will be placed all throughout the studio.
- All soap and paper dispensers are hands-free.
Troupe shared that they are hoping to open as soon as possible and are in the final stages of tying up loose ends, most of which are slowed due to the pandemic.
She encourages guests to follow along on social media and keep up with their website for a look at September’s calendar. All sign-ups will take place online.
Friday and Saturday nights will feature date night opportunities, which Troupe says are always really fun.
Saturday mornings will feature “something for the kids”. My oldest two daughters will just love this!
“Paint Your Pet” nights will be on the calendar, where guests will email a photo of their pets ahead of time and then come in to paint the pre-sketched version on a canvas. A similar concept is in the works where guests will have the opportunity to paint their homes. Troupe would like to partner with area realtors on this concept and encourages them to reach out to her via email to talk details.
Raven Mobley, one of five artists who will be leading guests at Wine & Design, says that the can’t encourage people enough that all skill levels are welcome.
“Lose that concept of ‘I can’t paint’ because we are all here just to have fun. Everyone can create art, and everyone can enjoy coming here. Plus, you’ll leave here with an amazing art piece. Really, we just want everyone to have fun.”
Artist Amber Chesser agreed and shared that it’s enjoyable to have fun with friends and create something at the same time.
“I’m a project-driven person, so I enjoy coming to a place like this and working on something that lasts.”
Wine & Design is located in the Village Shoppes of Madison near Publix on County Line Road, and Troupe is excited to be in an area “that is just booming”.
P.S. Did you know that Wine & Design was featured on Shark Tank and picked up by Mr. Wonderful (Kevin O’Leary)? They were recently recognized as their most successful franchise!