Historic Downtown Brighton gets an infusion of art, wine with Creative U

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — A new business in Brighton’s historic downtown hopes to inspire creativity in Brighton residents over a glass of wine.



Creative U, 43 N. Main St., puts its own spin on the wine-and-painting classes that are popular throughout the metro Denver area. 

Owner Lisa Garbett, who is a former art teacher, was encouraged to start the business by her friends after they visited similar businesses in Denver. She said the businesses in Denver would only offer painting or only offer ceramics with pre-made pieces.

“I feel like those places are trendy and they burn out over time, and I wanted to make a place that was sustainable,” she said, adding that Creative U will be offering handmade pottery classes in addition to painting classes. 

Those interested in attending the classes don’t need to have any art experience in order participate.  Garbett will be giving very simple, guided instruction in her classes and that customers can expect it to be a more social atmosphere. 

The  business is slated to open this weekend and Garbett said the response from the community so far has been “fabulous.” She said opening the building during Culturefest generated a lot of interest in the business and that she has already scheduled a number of birthday parties and classes. 

“People are just so excited that they get to stay in Brighton and do something like this,” she said. 

Ten people are needed to fill a class and painting classes cost $35 per person and that clay classes start at $40. The first glass of wine or beer is included in the cost. 

Those interested in attending classes can visit the website www.creativeu.co to see what classes are being offered and sign up for a class. Those interested in scheduling a private class or booking a party or event can call Garbett at 303-654-0373. 

A ribbon-cutting event sponsored by the Brighton Chamber of Commerce will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. July 11 at the business. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and seat reservations can be made on the Creative U website.


Contact Staff Writer Crystal Nelson
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