You’re the artist at this new Webster business

25 Jul

diy studio sign

The Village of Webster’s newest shop wants you to do it yourself.

No, really. That’s actually a big part of the name. It’s called Reclaimed DIY Studio, and it’s going to be opening up in just a week or two at 21B East Main Street.

Reclaimed DIY Studio, owned and operated by husband/wife team Tracy Brucato and David Zoyack, is a locally-owned studio (Tracy is a Penfield native) specializing in wooden signs and decor which patrons make themselves.

The idea is simple, fun and creative. Individuals or groups can sign up for one of the weekly pre-scheduled classes or schedule a private class, and in two hours create a rustic piece of artwork from start to finish.

Participants start with bare, recycled pallet wood, sand it, stain it, place a pre-scored lettering sheet on it, “weed” the letters (which basically means prying them off the vinyl sheet), then paint it. At the end of the class, they take with them a unique piece of artwork they’ve made themselves.

Tracy said the idea to open the studio came to her about two years ago.

“I was a stay-at-home mom with two little girls 13 months apart,” she said. “I was constantly trying to keep them busy. We made many trips to the craft stores; that’s kind of where I got the idea to start.”

She noticed how pallet wood signs had become fashionable, popping up all over department stores and home stores and how rustic items were becoming popular for weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and bachelorette parties.

“I noticed a lot of (the signs) for the price were either very flimsy wood or cheaply made where the letters would peel off,” she said. “I thought…I can do this myself and with much better quality.” Teaching others to do it as well seemed like a natural next step.

Tracy encourages her participants to bring their own beverages and appetizers, and simply enjoy an evening (or afternoon) of fun and laughs, while creating something beautiful they can take home with them. It’s a perfect activity for a “girl’s night out” or even a children’s party, and in the future Tracy hopes to start offering theme nights for groups like nurses, teachers or church clubs.

Reclaimed DIY Studio isn’t open quite yet, but plans are to be up and running by the first week of August. In the meantime, you can find out more about them and start signing up for classes by visiting their website or Facebook page. You can also find them on Instagram at reclaimed_diy_studio.

By the way, when they do open, don’t be confused by the address. Although it’s 21B East Main, the entrance to their shop is on Lapham Park, across from Tom’s Garage and the Webster Museum. They’ve settled into the back half of what used to be the Singh Mart (and well before that, Mac 5 Bikes). Another new shop, The Press on Main is in the front half. (Click here to read my blog about that new business.)



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