A New Found Gem in Downtown Wake Forest. Buy or Create Art

By Kelly Lane

Exploring: It was a beautiful day in the middle of the afternoon on Friday, and I just Needed to go for a walk outside. Walking around downtown Wake Forest is a nice afternoon break from an office setting, as cute as it is. I decided to go a different route that day and ran into a little liquor store/bar called Freddy’s Bottle Shop. I spoke briefly with the gentleman working there and it seems like a great little place for a local beer selection in the cold cases, or room temp on the aisle shelves. It’s a very small spot and I am definitely coming back for an after-work draft, for sure.

Local beers, anywhere that I am at the moment are usually my first choice, always. IPA seems to be my go-to, but maybe I’ll have to branch out a bit after seeing this huge selection. Wine is also stocked-a-plenty in this bottle shop.

(Photo of Freddy’s is from a Google search)

Moving on, I continued walking a bit and saw a sign to my left that read “The Makery, est. 2023, a creative space”, something like that. I was immediately interested in what that meant, “a creative space”. This place blew me away right upon entering because the works of art that are presented at the entrance are eclectic and of various elements. Local art is displayed on the walls throughout the space and in the conference room.

I walked around the open space that is used for classes, some of them free (more on that in a minute). The pieces range from oils, acrylics, chalks, to wood carving among others. Whatever medium someone wants to use (for the most part, let’s not get crazy) is allowed in and the artist may rent a spot to work on their pieces. There is a monthly membership also available where you get full access to their materials, machines, workspace, wifi, and coffee! Do you want to teach classes there, too? Ask them about it.

I promise I am not selling this to you, I am in utter excitement that this opportunity is available in an area that I have no problem driving to and there is no commitment. …or I can just walk in periodically and look at the newest displays and see what is available for purchase. If you read last week’s blog, you may recall that I gave a shout out to AK Pottery Studio and how I am in love with collecting handmade pottery pieces when I visit a city. I have used my “latte” mug (don’t hate) from AK every morning since my purchase.

Now, on to the classes: check their website for the most up-to-date calendar. The great-and-knowledgeable-Kim-who-works-there promised me that the calendar is updated in real-time and correct at all times (always double check with them if you have any questions). From there, you may purchase a ticket if needed and find any other information you may need. Many classes are all-levels and include the materials. The very next event is this Saturday 11/11/23 at 10am-11am for all-level—“Little Makers: Drawing and Acrylics” –learn drawing and painting techniques, and it is FREE! Click here to rsvp.

I would love to explore my inner flows through maybe clay some day, what about you? Mention it in the comments below. Thankssss.

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