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La Grange BYOB businesses to hit 2 year anniversary

LA GRANGE – Since opening the La Grange Bottle and Bottega in June of 2012, the owners said their business adds a new and fresh adult activity to the community.

The BYOB La Grange business, at 1 W. Harris Ave., provides its customers with a night of creative canvas painting paired with adult beverages.

"It's a happy atmosphere," said owner Paul Lefaivre.

Although Paul and Meg Lefaivre's shop opened in 2012, Bottle and Bottega has been around for several years, with two original locations in Chicago, according to Meg Lefaivre.

"We were both really excited and just decided to dive into it," Meg Lefaivre said.

For its events, customers are provided with all the art supplies, canvases and project directions necessary to complete their masterpiece. Bottle and Bottega also offers wine glass painting, mixed media, melted crayons art and more.

"Our guests want to learn how to do each of those [paintings]," Meg Lefaivre said.

Typical Bottle and Bottega events cost about $35 per person and last for three hours, Meg Lefaivre said. The studio, which holds about 75 people, either hosts two simulatenous events or one large event.

"It's incredibly important to us to have low ratios [of customers] versus instructors," Meg Lefaivre said. "That's why we suggest people register in advance."

Since opening, Paul Lefaivre said the La Grange community has been a great location for the business.

"It's been great and very well received," he said. "The community has embraced it and been fantastic."

As for Bottle and Bottega's future, Meg Lefaivre said she and her husband are just enjoying being a part of an industry that brings joy into people's lives.

"We feel really blessed to still be here," Meg Lefaivre said. "You see businesses come and go, and I really hope we'll be here for years to come."

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