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A new paint and sip boutique is opening in Kenwood. See why it’s the picture perfect spot for a party, date, or a fun night with friends.

Pinot's Palette
Pinot’s Palette is expanding to a new location near Kenwood Towne Center, in the Shoppes of Kenwood.

The “Premiere Paint and Sip Party venue in the Greater Cincinnati area” is expanding its base this December.

The new Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette will be “right in the heart of Cincinnati, a hop, skip and jump from Kenwood Towne Center, in the Shoppes of Kenwood,” says Gautami “Amy” Alluru, the owner of the Kenwood location. Alluru, who has lived in Cincinnati for 17 years, worked in the corporate world for over a decade but always wanted to start her own business, so she decided to embrace the “vibrant art scene in Cincinnati.” So she opened the Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette.

There are a lot of paint and sip venues out there, but Pinot’s Palette stands out from the bunch because of its “masterful artists and top-notch customer service,” Alluru says. “We provide everything our customers need to make their experience memorable, from glasses to utensils, canvas to paint. Our studios have the sophistication that our customers expect when they walk through the doors.”


Part of a larger franchise with 128 studios open in 37 states and another 64 studios that are in development, Pinot’s Palette offers a place to unwind and relax with friends. It started out at a local studio in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas, on May 6, 2009. Since then, “we’ve created over one million paintings with our customers,” Alluru says. “And while we haven’t counted the corks, our guests have enjoyed plenty of wine with friends along the way.”

Customers can enjoy birthday parties, bachelorette parties, date nights, girls’ nights, bridal showers, corporate or team events, or even just a fun Friday night. “We offer the perfect party atmosphere filled with painting, wine, music and laughs,” Alluru says. “We take care of all your party details. You just head over to the studio to have a great time!”

Pinot’s Palette offers a variety of painting classes, such as two-hour and three-hour adult classes, children’s classes called “Little Brushes,” and “Mommy and Me” classes. Guests of all painting abilities are welcome.

“The beauty of our model is that our customers don’t need to be artists or have any experience to enjoy the experience and create a memorable painting,” Alluru says. The monthly public painting calendar, telling which classes are available each month, is posted two weeks in advance. Customers sign up for classes by selecting their painting of choice. Two-hour classes are $35 per person and three-hour classes are $45 per person.

Alluru says she hopes that the Kenwood location of Pinot’s Palette will soon become a household name in the Greater Cincinnati area, and she hopes that the franchise will reach all 50 states soon.

To learn more about Pinot’s Palette, visit

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Find your inner balance with mind, body and strength exercises at Project Yoga events held across the Tri-State. Read on for more!

Project Yoga Cincinnati will be putting on multiple free events for yogis over the next several weeks.
Project Yoga Cincinnati will be putting on multiple free events for yogis over the next several weeks.

This past Saturday, on May 2, the Athleta Retail Store at the Kenwood Mall held a mother/daughter yogi event in partnership with Project Yoga Cincinnati.

The event was inspired as a special event to celebrate mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, aunts, grandmothers and the wonderful bond women hold between one another, explains Project Yoga Program Manager and Simply Power Yoga teacher Amy Banfield.

Amy Banfield and her mother
Amy Banfield and her mother

“Through the practice of yoga, treating yourself afterwards and maybe even winning an Athleta gift card were all a great precursor to celebrate Mother’s Day,” says Banfield.

During the event, guests participated in a soothing yet fun-filled one hour vinyasa-inspired class led by Banfield herself. After the class, she says participants enjoyed treats, mini makeovers compliments of Sephora, opportunities to win a gift card as well as other goodies.

The free yoga event to celebrate Mother’s Day isn’t the last that will be put on by Project Yoga.

Beginning on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, donation classes at Benchmark Outdoor Outfitters in Blue Ash will take place every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. A cash donation of $5 to $10 is requested, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Project Yoga. These classes will be taught by Project Yoga volunteer instructors.

On June 6, 13 and 20, Project Yoga’s teachers will be a Lululemon in Hyde Park Square for free 50-minute yoga classes. These Saturday morning classes from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. will be held at the Luluemon retail store in Hyde Park Square.

Project Yoga is partnering up with City Silence to host free meditations in Ault Park beginning June 14. The free meditation Sundays will begin at 4:00 p.m. Banfield says that people can come for 5 minutes, 10 minutes or for the entire session, “people are free to come and go as they please.” Banfield adds the exact location of them within Ault Park will be determined as it gets closer.
The yoga studio will once again partner up with Atleta at the Kenwood Mall for the Solstice Event on June 21, also Father’s Day. Banfield says she will teach the free one-hour yoga class to help celebrate the start of summer, adding that all are welcome to join.

To learn more about Project Yoga and their upcoming events, visit