larchmere-based DIY paint studio expands to second location in rocky river

The popular DIY paint studio Metheny Weir has opened a new Rocky River studio to better serve west side customers. The new location, which opened in late summer, is housed in a storefront at 20254 Detroit Road, near the Old River shopping area and the soon-to-open Whole Foods store.
 
The move was driven by demand for the Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan line as well as painting classes, say co-owners Kim Metheny and Sue Weir.
 
“We have a bunch of customers who make the trek over to Shaker from Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake and Avon, so we think there’s a great opportunity to grow here,” said Metheny in a news release.
 
“We’ve spent 15 years learning how to create great custom finishes and worked in hundreds of fine homes around Cleveland,” added Weir. “Now we’re sharing the secrets we’ve learned and teaching folks how they can reinvent furniture, kitchen cabinets or almost anything all by themselves.”
 
Metheny Weir’s eastside studio has long been a destination for DIY’ers. The Larchmere shop is at once a paint store, working studio and classroom, and visitors love the funky, easygoing vibe of the entire district.
 
The House Warmings, a home décor business that is co-located in Metheny Weir’s Larchmere studio, will also offer its furniture and collectibles in the new Rocky River location.
 
Metheny and Weir are Shaker Heights moms who met in 1998. At first, the startup was housed in a basement, but soon it outgrew that space and expanded into a storefront. The Rocky River store represents the next leg of their expansion.
 
Both locations are open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 am until 6 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 10 am until 3 pm.
 

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Lee Chilcote is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Shape of Home and How to Live in Ruins. His writing has been published by Vanity Fair, Next City, Belt and many literary journals as well as in The Cleveland Neighborhood Guidebook, The Cleveland Anthology and A Race Anthology: Dispatches and Artifacts from a Segregated City. He is a founder and former executive director of Literary Cleveland. He lives in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood of Cleveland with his family.
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