After being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pinot’s Palette in Bay Shore announced it is shutting down for good this week.
Owner Karen Norris said in a release that the last day of operations at the 61 W. Main St. store will be Sunday.
“The global pandemic has not been kind to small businesses, especially those in the arts & entertainment arena,” Norris said.”We are saddened to announce the closing of our Bay Shore location.”
Norris opened the store back in May 2016 with her husband, Brian, and they were the first to bring the “sip and paint” franchise to Long Island.
Five years later, they cultivated a community of painters of all ages and created a space that “brought joy and relaxation and happy smiles,” Norris said.
Norris expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support from the Bay Shore community over the years that allowed her team to transform the storefront into “a beautiful, bright and safe space to paint and create memories.”
Gift cards are still valid for bookings, merchandise or paintings in the studio.
Until closing, for those who want to own a piece of Pinot’s Palette Bay Shore history, the store plans to sell all 16×20 artwork and glass artwork for $10 and good/large format canvases and wood frames for $20.
The painting studio will continue to host in-person parties until June 13 and virtual parties/take-home kits until the end of the month.
East Meadow Pinot’s Palette will accept Bay Shore gift cards for in-studio classes after the closing date.
“May you all still find time to have some creative fun in your week; encourage your children (as I will do) to express
themselves through the arts; and find places to gather with your friends, family, and coworkers,” Norris said. “Please do continue to support local businesses — just because doors are opening, and masks are dropping, does not
mean many small business owners are ‘out of the woods,’ they will need your support to recoup and recover.”
Read Norris’s full statement on Pinot’s Palette Bay Shore’s closing below.