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July 31, 2013

A place to sip and paint

Wicked Art Bar studio makes art accessible

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Terista, now in the Navy Reserves, moved back to Danvers last year, and the two began mulling ideas for their own business. Terista wound up at a sip-and-paint studio in South Boston, and they decided to open one on the North Shore.

“We just put a business plan together, approached banks for funding,” said Gannon, who said the business is now self-funded.

“I think all the entrepreneurial spirit took hold,” said Christine Sullivan, the CEO of the Enterprise Center. “It’s wonderful. What gives me great pleasure in life is to see people grow, and I see it in the entrepreneurs at the center.”

Sullivan said Gannon “caught the entrepreneurial bug.”

“I think the art bar is a wonderful idea and I want to go myself,” Sullivan said.

About Wicked Art Bar’s bar

The bar in Wicked Art Bar has a wicked story behind it. Using all reclaimed materials to stick with the aesthetic of the building, it was created by friend Tim Thurrott, a craftsman who lives in Lynn, Gannon said in an email.

“(Thurrott) used 200-year-old barn beams in the construction of the main part of the bar. A few of the steel hooks (for hanging a bag on) came from an old mechanic shop in Salem (Mass.). Some of the other metal accents came from a lobster warehouse in Revere. The reclaimed butcher block top were once student desks at Harvard University, and the main beam framing was once part of wood frames used for shipping sections of bridges and other industrial steel and concrete structures.”

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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