What started out as a friendship has blossomed into a unique blend of businesses all under the roof of Artzy Wallz Etc. in Union.
The new business opened at 520 E. Main St. at the end of October.
Owners are Eileen Wade, Wanda Parsons and Lyn Havin, all of Union. The three each had separate businesses in addition to their day jobs.
Wade was serving as a bus monitor with the Union School District, as well as teaching paint and sip classes, and children’s art classes.
Parsons, who works in the community and economic development department with the city of Union, had a side photography business. Havin, who owns Havin Material, a ready-mix concrete company, was repurposing furniture and teaching craft and painting classes.
The three would get together “to paint and dream.”
“The three of us all just clicked on a personal level,” Parsons said. “We decided we needed to bring this all together under one roof.”
Now that dream is a reality.
Inside the Main Street studio, one wall is full of photographs and paintings for sale by Parsons and Wade. Easels fill several tables and home decor, scarves, jewelry and craft items are laced throughout the store. Repurposed furniture takes up a small section near a photo backdrop area that serves as a portrait studio.
Wade offers private and public paint and sip events, paints on commission and offers art camps and classes for all ages. She has been an art instructor since 1990.
Parsons, an award-winning photographer and graphic artist, offers fine art portraits and has a portrait studio set up in the space. She also will photograph events, real estate photos and offers graphic design work for websites, logos or business cards.
Additionally, she offers Photoshop corrections and enhancements, portrait retouching and old photo copying and restoration.
Havin offers custom concrete engraving, repurposed furniture, Christian painting classes, craft classes, floral designs, jewelry and interior design services.
Customized stepping stones, cornerstones and memorial stones are all popular options, Havin noted.
“We get to live out our dreams,” Wade said. “We get to do what makes our souls happy.”
“It’s cool to have your own creative space,” Parsons added.
The women said they love to create “with you, for you.”
“If you don’t see what you want here, we can come up with it,” Parsons said.
The store is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The store phone number is 636-744-1884. It’s online, at artzywallzetc.com and on Facebook at Artzy Wallz Etc.