If there is one thing that Morgantown is known for, it’s the partying at WVU (and our athletics).
Being ranked first in Princeton Review’s College Party School 2012 and Playboy’s Top Party Schools 2013 are not the only times WVU has been in their top 10 party school lists. With the reputation as being the number one party school, it leaves the question of, what else is there to do for entertainment in this small but populated town?
While there are plenty of other things to do in Morgantown than party, a new and entertaining company quickly grew in business last year, that brings out your creative side while enjoying delicious sweets.
Da Vinci & Dessert was started in October 2012 by Denise McGrity who was inspired after talking to her friend in Charleston, who owns Uncork & Create, a similar art service that features wine tastings and art classes. The concept behind this Da Vinci & Dessert is to create an experience for people by bringing out your artistic side, while socializing with friends and enjoying dessert food and beverages.
Three ladies enjoy their chocolate desserts during a break from the painting lesson!
Da Vinci and Dessert events bring in all sorts of crowds and people!
McGrity and her mother who own the part-time business in Morgantown supply the art supplies (smock, paint, brushes, canvas), lessons, free dessert, and plenty of creative fun for parties and groups. “It’s nice for them because they can just show up,” McGrity said about the requirements to join a Da Vinci & Dessert event. The art and dessert events are held by reservation only with a individual spot fee of $45.
Denise McGrity shows a winter themed painting for an event at The Fondue Factory, Morgantown, WV.
Da Vinci & Dessert holds open events for eight or more people at a variety of venues in Morgantown, with a themed painting chosen by Denise. Da Vinci & Dessert has held events at places downtown such as Black Bear and The Fondue Factory. Private events are also available and the party may choose their venue and painting theme. The way to attend or schedule one of these events is simple. Just go to their website, take a look at the event calendar, sign-up and reserve spots for you and your friends for for a specific night or day.
A perfect girls night out always includes friends, fun activities, and food!
Businesses like Da Vinici & Dessert tie in arts and entertainment, as well as provide an artistic and culinary experience to its members. Specifically, a college town can increase word of mouth and business pretty quickly. Students, locals, and visitors can all agree on appreciating fun group activities, artwork, and of course, the dessert! With the connections and friendships that the students in Morgantown can have and create, can and does become a form of word of mouth advertising for the business.
“I have a pretty good following right now, so I have people that are familiar with what I do and they want to come to my events, so they will keep an eye out on whats going on” said McGrity as she has a full schedule of Da Vinci & Dessert events lined up.
College students in Morgantown could have a great time at something like this, because it’s fun and different than what they are typically used to. This is perfect for a girls night out, date night, work related, or simply you and your friends wanting to paint and eat good food. Whatever the occasion, people in Morgantown now have something new and unique for them to do that not only enhances their artistic skill and ability, but brings together new crowds while exploring restaurants all over town.
Step by step instructions and advise help new painters understand and better their skills.
The finished product! Ready to take home.
*Photos taken by myself.