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Chugiak Couple Launches Paint A Scarf Pub in Local Restaurants and Bars

New night-out activity for Anchorage, Palmer, and Wasilla


Tiffany Winsor of Anchorage tries her hand at scarf painting.

PHOTOS by Lauren Roberts / Courtesy of Paint A Scarf Alaska

A local business is putting a new twist on the paint-and-sip craze.


Paint a Scarf is bringing silk scarf painting into local restaurants and bars. Their new offering is called Paint a Scarf Pub.


Sisters Summer (L) and Dee Hudson paint scarves at Williwaw Restaurant.
(Photo by Lauren Roberts)


Hundreds of restaurants around the country sponsor canvas-painting nights, but this Chugiak-based business is the first in the nation to offer scarf painting as a night out activity.


“Scarves are popular, beautiful and so useful,” said Gina Murrow, founder of Paint a Scarf. “Our guests keep coming back because they have so much fun.”


Gladwyne Yenter creates a silk scarf at Paint a Scarf Pub.
(Photo by Lauren Roberts)


Murrow has been offering three-hour painting experiences at her log cabin home in Chugiak since 2013. Paint a Scarf Pub is a quicker, easier, and less expensive version of that.


Painters can choose from four designs. They watch a 10-minute training video on a tablet computer, stretch their silk on a painting rack, spray it down with water and start painting. The training and painting process takes about an hour.


Drying scarves on the patented upright scarf drying rack invented by David Murrow.
(Photo by Lauren Roberts)


While their scarf dries painters are encouraged to order food and drinks from the host establishment.


Gina’s husband David invented and patented an upright scarf painting rack that helps blend the colors on the scarf. “We’ve made silk painting very simple,” David Murrow said. “Most of our guests haven’t painted since grade school, and they’re amazed when they come back and see how beautiful their scarves are.”


Mother and daughters with the scarves they painted.
(Photo by Lauren Roberts)


The Murrows have big plans for Paint a Scarf. “We’re hoping to franchise this all over the country,” Gina said.


Paint a Scarf Pub currently operates on Sundays at Williwaw and Tuesdays at 49th State Brewing – both in downtown Anchorage. They operate alternating Wednesday evenings at Evangelo’s in Wasilla and Turkey Red in Palmer.


Reservations are recommended. www.PaintAScarf.com/pub.


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