Pips New Owner - Meet Tracey McGrath

Now known simply as Pips, the former Pips Painting Pub is under new ownership after the previous owner, Cathy Bontadelli and her husband, Jim, are retiring and moving home to Alabama.

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Pips New Owner - Meet Tracey McGrath

Now known simply as Pips, the former Pips Painting Pub is under new ownership after the previous owner, Cathy Bontadelli and her husband, Jim, are retiring and moving home to Alabama.

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"It is with a very heavy heart that I am leaving," Bontadelli said. "I grew up in the Downriver area, and it was my dream to open a door for hardworking people in high-stressed jobs, to walk in and leave it all behind."

Bontadelli opened Pips Painting Pub opened in 2012 after she became involved with the concept in Alabama in 2005.

The Wyandotte business, at 113 Maple St., offers step-by-step painting instruction and offers all the supplies potential artists need. Customers also can bring in beer and wine to enjoy while they create as well as snacks.

web pipsAlready an artist, Bontadelli was enamored with the business idea that everyone can paint and benefit from the activity, especially those with high-stress lifestyles.

"It's a positive impact on people's lives," she said. "It's a fantastic getaway."

Bontadelli added that one of her favorite memories of Pips is every single time painters finish their work for the evening. The same people who said they couldn't possibly paint wind up with work they can be proud of hanging at home.

"That's the reward at the end of every night," she said. " ... We have great customers, and it's the impact, the positive impact, that it makes on people's lives that's in my heart."

And with wonderful instructors and staff to boot, Bontadelli said the decision to retire was truly a difficult one.

"They are the heartbeat, and they have done a phenomenal job," she said. "I couldn't have done it without them. They are second to none and we truly have the best instructors."

In fact, one of Pips' current employees, Tracey McGrath is the new owner, and she intends to carry on with the same spirit that Bontadelli has for the past five years.

And that starts with the business' name change to Pips, which stands for "People Inspiring Painting."

The name is simply to reflect a change in ownership and a continued attitude that everyone is welcome, however.

McGrath, who has been working at Pips since it opened, said it's especially important to her that everyone feels just as welcome and continues to make special requests.

"We want everyone to keep having fun," McGrath said. "We might try some new ideas we got cooking, but nothing is in the works just yet."

As fundraisers have always been a big part of Pips Painting Pub, those nights will not only continue but also expand to be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

For more information about Pips call 734-282-7477 during its office hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Located at
109 Maple Street & 113 Maple Street
DOWNTOWN WYANDOTTE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://thepaintingpubp.blogspot.com/


 
 

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