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are endless. The social aspect quickly evolved into workshops such as “Abstract Floral Art” and “Cherry Blossoms”, which are usually taught by local guest artists. Another successful event where I truly understood how different mediums of art can influence each other to inspire creativity is their monthly Espressions event. Live music plays while people of different artistic backgrounds wax poetic on what art means to them while painting their pieces. For Samantha, the most memorable moments from her time with this business are the events. “Every time I do a new event and it works out really well, even after an hour after the event ended, people would email me saying, ‘That was amazing! Thanks for this event!’” Recently, Samantha organized I Heart Art, a singles mixer which takes a spin on speed-dating. Easels with predrawn artwork, are given to each female. The males then rotate and take turns to help out each female with their painting. This was a success and some of these ideas such as Espressions and I Heart Art are the result of customers’ suggestions. It’s also the same clients who have helped Samantha spread the word on the concept of art socializing. With so much support from her family, friends, and customers, she has learned that it’s a matter of trial and error when owning a business.

She expressed her confidence in the concept from the knowledge that “Toronto is an art-loving community.” One key supporter has been John Ryerson, the Art Director of Markham. She contacted the Markham Arts Council and Ryerson came to their grand opening. He wanted to do a Christmas event at Markville Mall which was, again, supported by those in the council. As a result, Paint Lounge was able to make their presence known amongst the community very early on. The success of this business extends beyond Torontonians who are looking for a new activity to try out. Corporations have also come to Paint Lounge to create team building exercises. The heads of every department for the Town of Markham mingled and painted a painting together in an environment that fostered creativity - a change from the everyday routine of working in an office with minimal chances to socialize. Samantha sees the positive effect it has on businesses that come to them for a corporate event. “In the future, when they come together, they know each other and understand each other more.” So what are the future plans for Samantha Chan? Opening a second location in the heart of Downtown Toronto is at the top of her list. Judging by the recommendations and reviews about Paint Lounge in the past year, more of us in the city will get a chance to enjoy the endless possibilities that brushes and acrylics can create on canvas. www.paintlounge.ca

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