St. Lucie West home décor studio gets OK to serve beer, wine to clientele

A new shop in St. Lucie West where people can sip wine while creating decorative wood signs and other home décor is holding its grand opening this week.

Port St. Lucie Board and Brush Creative Studio is holding special grand opening weekend workshops starting at 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at the studio at 1707 NW St. Lucie West Blvd., Suite 152.

“It is a Do-It-Yourself wood working studio,” said Susan Duffy, the owner. “People can come in and create home décor with wood, pillows, anything they really want to make.”

“It’s an instructional-based class,” Duffy told the city Planning and Zoning Commission on May 7. “They would just be able to have a glass (of wine) or a beer while they’re doing their project.”

The shop’s website bills it as a place for girls nights out, bridal showers, children’s birthday parties, corporate events, fundraisers, workshops and private parties.

Duffy appeared before the Planning and Zoning Board to request a variance to allow the sale of beer and wine within 1,500 feet of a house of worship, St. Bernadette Catholic Church.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to approve the variance.

Planning and Zoning Board Chairman Daniel Kurek said a retention pond physically separates the church from the shopping center where Board and Brush is located. “It’s to have a good time and actually create something,” Kurek said about the shop. “I’m going to have to find out where this place is. This sounds like fun.”

Patricia Tobin, the city’s long-range planning director, said the city’s alcoholic beverage code is being revised so a variance wouldn’t be needed in the future for what are known as “paint and sip businesses.”

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