The coronavirus pandemic has affected people’s physical and mental health as well as their daily lives. Businesses have closed permanently and unemployment claims in America exceed 45 million.
In recent weeks, businesses throughout metro Atlanta have reopened. Meanwhile, two best friends Eryn Jackson and Alannah Vincent started a mobile business that is certain to make anyone forget about his or her troubles. Dine & Design, founded by Jackson and Vincent in 2019 is a paint and sip experience with a ‘90s twist.
Clients enjoy a full mobile experience of painting while indulging in signature cocktails, tapas, and music from the ‘90s. The goal is to have fun, socialize with close family and friends and create art.
Last year, the two business women opened up a brick and border building of their company in Grant Park, but had to close the facility due to the pandemic. Determined to keep their vision alive, they decided to extend their services to a mobile experience where they come to you. If clients do not have the space, a venue is offered to host the experience. Jackson and Vincent are currently working to reopen the physical Dine & Design business. In the meantime, they are focusing on their mobile business.
“Eryn and I came up with this concept a couple of years ago,” said Vincent. “We grew up in the ‘90s and loved everything about that time. It was a great time and very nostalgic.”
Vincent is a seasoned professional painter and artist with hands-on experience who leads the painting part of the business with their customers. Jackson is the partier. The two friends met in college at Tuskeegee University and have been close friends since graduating.
Additionally, these ladies have experience owning and operating businesses of their own. Jackson is a franchise owner of Dapper Donuts with her NFL player husband Gabe Jackson. Vincent owns a photo booth company called Pearly Booth, which is also offered with the Dine & Design mobile experience.
“I’ve enjoyed doing art since I was a child,” said Vincent. “I am learning more how businesses operate and am learning to have the patience with the process of running a business.”
The company offers a unique and fun experience. Guests can choose from one of three packages: Let’s Be Friends, Living Color, or The All That package. The prices range from as little as $35 per person up to $73 per person. Packages accommodate party sizes of one person up to 25 people and include easels, paint utensils, end tables, food, a personal chef and DJ. There are freehand painting sessions, as well as based outlined painting sessions, where people paint all shows from the ‘90s.
“Guests do not have to do anything other than have a great time,” said Vincent. “We bring everything they need.”
Dine & Design will follow social distancing guidelines during live experiences and will provide personal paint kits for any guests who feel safer in their own home.
“People will be required to wear masks and sit six feet apart,” said Vincent. “We want to include everybody. I think people are ready to come out. Nobody is doing this. Dine & Design would be great for them.”
Jackson’s and Vincent’s long term goal is to build their mobile business nationally to other states.
“We expect people to have a good time and want to leave a lasting impression where people will do it over and over again,” Vincent explained.
For more information or to book a paint and sip event, visit www.dineanddesign.com.
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