Tequila Canty Brings Her Brand of Creativity To Richmond – The Art Lounge of Richmond

by Terry Watson | March 15th, 2019
Tequlia Canty (Photos by Keesh Redd)

Tequlia Canty (Photos by Keesh Redd)

The Art Lounge studio is located in the Eastern Henrico, in the community of Richmond, VA. The dynamic and colorful establishment offers both public and private paint parties in a welcoming, affordable creative setting for the entire family.

In 2016, owner Tequila Canty started a traveling sip and paint business and often hosted private parties on location at the homes and businesses of her clients. While doing private parties she was often asked if she owned her own building to have parties. She began to realize the need for a creative space for people to visit. Soon after, The Art Lounge was born in October 2018.

Currently Canty offers affordable sip and paint classes for both adults and children as young as seven years old. These include monthly public classes, and she accepts reservations for private parties.

Some of the challenges Canty faces with building her business is increasing public awareness. Since opening, she shares there have been a little over 200 customers inside to paint. “Since we’re a new company we are striving to find ways to get the attention of other potential customers. Once customers come inside, they love it, and are excited to book another event. Getting them inside has been a challenge,” she shares.

“Our plans for the future are to incorporate not just painting but all kinds of art. Pottery making, drawing, mosaics and more.”

The Art Lounge paint studio is the first of its kind in their area. “I love being a part of the development of the community and being able to share my knowledge and love for art with new people. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings ever,” she shares.

The Art Lounge has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association of Richmond to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research On June 21, 2019. They also plan to partner with area colleges and universities and allow art majors to intern and learn the “ins and outs” of running an art studio.

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