Splash Studio Stays Virtual After Closing During Pandemic
Owner said the company was forced to innovate to survive the pandemic.
Splash Studio the wine-and-paint bar on the East Side has closed, but a virtual option remains.
The bar now offers take and make kits on its website, which allow customers to purchase materials to create works of art and follow along with a video instructor. The company also has virtual sessions where customers can paint along over Zoom.
Though, co-owner Marla Poytinger said there are plans in the works for Splash Studio that will be revealed soon. Closing Splash Studio and her other businesses during the pandemic was scary, she said. But it forced the company to innovate, becoming “a gift that keeps on giving.”
The business first opened in March 2012 in the Historic Third Ward. It relocated to the East Side in 2019 to be closer to the rest of Bars & Recreation businesses.
Bars & Recreation facilities has already reopened NorthSouth Club and AXE MKE to the public, while Nine Below is open only for private events.
The company also opened a fully virtual business known as Head Space Trivia in 2020. The business allows customers to play trivia games with their friends without leaving their homes.
Poytinger said that the pandemic has been a rollercoaster thus far, but she anticipates that upcoming months will continue to see a return to normalcy.
The building Splash occupied is a one-story, 93-year-old commercial building addressed as 1819 E. Kenilworth Pl. The 4,669-square-foot stall is listed for lease through Jones Lang LaSalle broker Joe Carollo. Other tenants in the building include Erik’s bicycle shop and Fusion Poke restaurant.