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State laws force paint-and-sip business to close

State laws force paint-and-sip business to close

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SOMERS — A paint-and-sip art studio — where adults would sip wine while painting — has closed after its owner learned the concept runs afoul of state liquor laws.

Agnes Friedlander said she will continue to do private parties after closing her business, Paint Party Girl Art Studio, 1711 Green Bay Road, last week.

In August, Friedlander approached the Somers Village Board for a Class B license, which allows for beer and wine on premises, after someone reported to village officials she was operating without one.

Initially, the board was hesitant to grant her a license, citing development plans and a limited number of licenses.

But the board determined the business could continue to operate without a liquor license if customers brought their own alcoholic beverages.

However, according to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, statutes prohibit the consumption or sale of such beverages on premises of such businesses, including a recently added provision for painting studios.

“Somers told me at a public meeting that they are allowing me to conduct BYOB events, but the state of Wisconsin informed me that carrying in alcohol is illegal and that ... Somers misinformed me because they assumed I'd be leaving at the end of my lease in February,” Friedlander wrote on her business’ Facebook page. “What a ridiculous mess.”

In a message to the Kenosha News she said she is seeking potential sites in Illinois or downtown Kenosha.

Village Board President George Stoner said Monday he was not aware that the business had closed.

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