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May 19, 2016 3:31 EST

Uncork’d Art – Eat More…Drink More…Paint More…Have More Fun! A “paint and sip” art studio that offers step-by-step art instruction and wine in a fun atmosphere

iCrowdNewswire - May 19, 2016

Uncork'd Art

Uncork’d Art

Eat More…Drink More…Paint More…Have More Fun!



Uncork’d Art was founded in 2011 by the husband and wife duo, Alabaje and Yavette Francis with the intent to provide a creative way for people to connect and spend a day or night out with friends and family. The company started off as a “paint and sip” art studio that offered step-by-step art instruction and wine in a fun atmosphere. Customers were provided with all art supplies needed to create and take home their very own masterpiece. Uncork’d Art, offered in restaurants and art galleries, soon gained popularity and established a strong presence in the Tri State area (Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia). The company was voted best of D.C three years in a row by Washington City Paper, and went from servicing 1,000 patrons in year (an average of 83 patrons per month) to 3,500 patrons in a year (an average of 391 patrons per month). This was accomplished all with little marketing efforts, minimal upfront capital, no established storefront, and no walking traffic.

Alabaje and Yavette wants to expand the successful paint and sip model into an art-themed restaurant where we offer paint, wine and a tapas bar. In doing so, they would also expand the company to a restaurant storefront in Adams Morgan and eventually other areas in the DC Area.

At its core, the Uncork’d Art experience is a social destination in which humans connect through eating, drinking and painting. With our expanded vision, Uncork’d will be a more versatile environment in which patrons can enjoy a quick bite and drink from our tapas and wine selection, hang out, or let their creativity run wild while painting in our paint pit. During the week, patrons may also choose to partake in our popular Just For Fun paint and sip public and private classes that have become popular in the DC area. Uncork’d Art is welcoming, colorful, energizing and fun with an artsy décor. Art and Socializing is everywhere!


Nominated and recipient of the Best of D.C. Readers Choice Awards, City Paper

MARCH, 2013

Nominated and recipient of the Best of D.C. Readers Choice Awards, City Paper

MARCH, 2014

Recipient of the Small Business of the Month award, Ondeck Loans

MAY, 2015

Recipient of Yelp “People love us” award

JUNE, 2015


8 of my closest friends went to celebrate a birthday. We all agreed it was the best time we’ve had in years. The instructors were not only talented and helpful, they were a whole lot of fun!! They encouraged our work, photobombed us and made sure we left with a product we loved. I would highly recommend UnCork’d Art. I’m going back!!
Zena B.Customer
Zena B.
Wanted to find a event to take my good friend to for her birthday! A coworker came across this event and suggested Uncork’d. Wow what a find!! Had a wonderful time!!! The atmosphere was great, music was on point. The instructor Ramsey was absolutely fabulous. She was energetic, funny and a sweetheart!! Loved her!!! I felt like I knew her forever!!! She provided detail instruction so that this novice painter was able to follow along with ease. The whole team was very attentive and it was a great vibe!!! I wo
Abigail W.Customer
Abigail W.
I’ve done a number of painting classes around town in the past few months, and I think Uncork’d is my favorite. I have done two classes there, where we painted Van Gogh’s Almond Trees and a Monet Lily Pad and Lotus painting. It’s neat that although we are all painting the “same” thing, and there is a fair bit of instruction, everyone’s painting turns out totally different…. I think that the level of instruction at Uncork’d is superior to other similar wine+paint classes in DC.
Meredith C.Customer
Meredith C.




Alabaje Francis
Alabaje Francis graduated from Trade Technical Culinary art school in Los Angeles, CA. He is a certified professional chef with over 10 years experience in the restaurant and catering business. He has always been interested in projects cultivating creative expression, and has extensive experience in executing, catering and planning events, including events at art galleries and art shows. He considers himself an artist with an entrepreneurial spirit. He brings a good mix of backgrounds and other pertinent skills that has prepared him for this expansion: • Extensive knowledge in the food and hospitality service • Experienced executive with an depth understanding of successful business operations, especially in the paint and sip and restaurant industry • Visionary leadership skills with the ability to demonstrate perseverance and flexibility
Yavette Francis
Graduated from Harvard University with a M.A. degree in Education and has extensive experience in project management, branding, and curriculum development.


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Alabaje Francis

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