We sat down with Ami, the owner of Hammer and Stain Palm Beaches, for an informal interview about how it all began.
So, tell me about your journey to owning Hammer and Stain Palm Beaches?
"I took my first wood and paint class in 2017 and it completely changed my life. I had been experiencing high levels of stress both professionally and personally, and I was looking for a creative outlet. I just happened upon the idea after seeing a picture of the class on Facebook. The workshop was an amazingly different experience for me. By creating a piece from beginning to end, I felt truly empowered. Plus, I got to experience it in an environment with other people that love to create as much as I do. It was different than doing my crafting at home. It was exponentially better!"
What made it better?
"I've often wondered why women don't have more hobbies outside of the home. We spend so much time taking care of the family and sometimes we lose ourselves in that process. Hammer and Stain Palm Beaches gives women a hobby - it gives us a space to tap into our creative sides outside of the home. And what's even better is that you can come alone, with friends, or bring your family to share in your joy of creating!"
Do you have to be crafty to go to your workshops?
"Absolutely not!! That's the best part of it all! Novice or expert - everyone is welcome!! We all end up working together so you can learn from each other. It's not necessarily about the piece - it's about the experience!"
There are several "paint and sip" studios in the area, why Hammer and Stain?
"Hammer and Stain is unique in that we are not a franchise and are independently owned. This allows me complete creative freedom and the ability to offer projects that meet the specific desires of my guests in South Florida. We also offer the most variety in project offerings of any other DIY studio in the area - we have everything from single wood planks to shiplap signs to porch planters and beverage tables. And I continue to work on new designs and concepts regularly. I never want our designs to feel stale - they should always feel fresh,new, and exciting!"
What do you want others to know about you?
"I grew up in Jupiter - went to Jupiter High School and then went to undergrad at UF, but I've been living in Dallas for the past 16 years raising a family and practicing audiology. Moving back home to Jupiter and opening up Hammer and Stain in my hometown is a dream come true. I feel so grateful to be able to do what I love every single day. I love it all - from picking out the lumber, cutting the wood into pieces, designing the artwork, setting up the workshop, and even sweeping up the messes. It's crazy to think that a short time ago, I'd never even heard of wood and paint classes, whereas today I'm actually running one. There's this quote I saw and it rings very true for me today...
"We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realize that we only have one." Let's just say I'm living my second life now."