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Learn to Paint, Sip Some Wine, and Have A Great Night Out At Fiddlestix

By Elisha Neubauer

Once a teacher, always a teacher or at least that's what Linda Stauffer, owner of Fiddlestix in Quakertown, Pennsylvania thought, when she decided to launch her paint and sip in 2014.

Stauffer was once an art teacher in the Easton school district until she found herself facing the sudden loss of her daughter in 2004. Wanting to do something more in line with the changes her life had undergone, she opted to open a non-profit in her daughter's name. When she moved the organization to the local YMCA in which her daughter had grown up, she found herself with some available time.

While attending a friend's paint party, Stauffer realized quickly that this was something people were really getting behind. They were having so much fun, enjoying every moment of it. However, Stauffer noticed a few lags in the concept's creative idea.

The paintings were mediocre, to say the least. Sure, everyone had a fun time while they were there, but Stauffer believed the finished product was just not something one would be happy to hang on the wall. The staff of the party didn't really take the time to educate their guests. They simply allowed them to paint, drink, and have fun? all of which were great, but they weren't benefitting from the process in the slightest.

Stauffer knew she could do better and decided to put her mind to it. It didn't take long before Stauffer opened her doors. She immediately knew what she wanted to name the place, keeping in line with memorializing her daughter.

"The word Fiddlesticks was one my daughter used in place of less appealing words," Stauffer said.

The company has two main areas of focus. One, providing a warm and welcoming environment and two, helping everyone to become a better painter while still having fun. Stauffer and her staff focus on teaching artistic elements, such as how to hold the brush, brush techniques, and how to mix colors.

Fiddlestix keeps groups to a smaller minimum than most other paint and sip experiences, trying to maintain a number lower than 18 per session. For those participating in the Paint Your Pet events held once a month, the group sizes are limited to 10 people a session.

"We want to make sure that everyone has a great experience and learns how to become a better painter," Stauffer said. "Our promise is we will never do a painting that we would not hang on our own walls."

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