Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
A glass of wine, a paint brush, charcoal or a candle wick go hand in hand at VIP Paints. Within the studio, experienced artists lead groups step-by-step through the creation of their own masterpiece. Depending on the evening, that might mean scenes of Chicago or the works of luminaries such as Picasso or Van Gogh. But attendees don't need genius-level abilities, no experience necessary. The painting party classes, accommodate all skill levels, though those looking to improve their abilities can enroll in one of the studio's beginner classes. In addition to painting, students can also enroll in classes in candle making and charcoal drawing. Also accommodating all skill levels, students craft 8oz. long-lasting soy candles using natural ingredients. With their choice of scent and color, students can take come their creations the same day following their 90 minute course.