Greeley local and friend open Loveland DIY business with a twist – Greeley Tribune

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Two years ago, Kelly Pinkal realized she had outgrown the normal bar scene and was looking for something fun to do on her birthday — something that wouldn’t land her around a bunch of drunk 20-somethings.

Pinkal, who lives in Longmont, started searching on Google for options for her and a few friends.

The group, which was scattered over northern Colorado, decided to travel to downtown Denver to Upstairs Circus, where adults can go to make a craft and have a drink.

But what started as a simple Google search to find something fun for a birthday celebration led to a business endeavor.

“On our way back, we thought this was so much fun,” Pinkal said. “And as a joke we said, ‘We could open one of these.’ I thought northern Colorado needed some adult entertainment that’s fun and unique.”

She and her friend, Christina Sandoval, joked about it, but the two were teachers. They liked their jobs. But life changes came for Pinkal, and the idea seemed like less of a joke and more like an opportunity.

Sandoval, a Greeley native, and Pinkal began sketching up a business plan last May.

In June, the pair opened DIY Creations, 5625 McWhinney Blvd., at the Outlets at Loveland.

“We’re a social crafting tavern,” Pinkal said. “We’re kind of like a paint-and-sip, but we have projects ranging from woodworking to jewelry making.”

They offer about seven project options on any given day and provide all the tools and materials necessary to finish the crafts. Oh, and there’s a full bar.

Pinkal said when someone comes in, they can choose their project and instead of having an instructor, they are handed step-by-step instructions. That’s intentional.

“I remember being with an instructor thinking, ‘Gosh, we went on a date night, but we did no talking,’” Pinkal explained.

The instructor-less set up allows everyone to go at their own pace and to have a really good date, party or team-building experience.

Pinkal also said every time she went to a paint and sip with her husband, they ended up with two similar paintings, which is why they change their projects up regularly and offer a variety.

The range of projects also allows for some options, and some may even appeal to men more than women. This way, a couple can decide to make something different, or even work on a project together.

Pinkal said they come up with a lot of project ideas from Pinterest.

She said often people look at that DIY section on Pinterest and think they can do the project quickly and easily, but halfway through they find out they’re missing a tool or they need a certain kind of nail. Then it becomes an all-day affair and sometimes doesn’t turn out like the pictures — anyone who’s looked at a “Pinterest Fails” post knows this to be true.

At DIY Creations, they provide everything a crafter needs and it takes the stress away from Do-It-Yourself projects.

“We just hand them all the materials, a step-by-step guide and then all the tools are on the table,” she said. “They get to sit down, do it and then we clean up.”

Sandoval said they make everything customizable, too.

“It’s going to be your own creation. You can make the colors match your house,” she said. “I want to make sure when people walk out the door they’re happy with what they leave with.”

For those who aren’t very crafty, Sandoval said they’ve put together a great staff to help everyone through the process.

“It can be intimidating if you’re not a crafty person to come in an make these projects,” Sandoval said. “But we have people here to help you so that when you leave you feel like you’re successful.”

The ladies said the goal is to make it fun and easy, as well as appealing to adults who are looking for something outside of a typical bar.

“I don’t want to just go to a bar and get drunk,” Pinkal said. “To do a craft and be able to drink — that’s a better atmosphere.”

Sandoval agreed.

“It offers the opportunity to do something that’s social but you don’t have to go to a bar,” she said. “It’s something different and you get to take something home.”