Painting with a Twist pairs painting, BYOB imbibing

Patricia Way concentrates while painting the background during the grand opening of Painting with a Twist on Thursday in Gainesville.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 1:43 p.m.

Painting with a Twist, a new “paint and sip” franchise, opened Thursday at 618 NW 60th St., in place of the relocated Spa Royale off of Newberry Road.

The business offers a place for people to gather for classes offered by local art instructors and the option to “bring your own bottle,” available for corporate outings, bachelorette parties, sorority functions, date nights and special events, according to a news release.

The business can accommodate as many as 60 people, including 30 in the mainroom, 10 in the kids' room and 20 in the party room. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit

Painting with a Twist was founded in Mandeville, La., in 2007 and has grown to more than 100 locations. Franchisee Cindy O'Steen opened the Gainesville location in her hometown after opening her first location in St. Augustine.

The business will host a Painting with a Purpose event each month and donate 50 percent of the proceeds to a local nonprofit, starting with a March of Dimes benefit from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20.

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