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This and That Studio

by Georgia Fojo

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Are you looking for a cool and creative way to have some fun? This and That Studio in Longwood makes creating your own custom wood signs fun and as easy as 1-2-3. 

“Don’t worry if you don’t think you have the patience or talent to make that unique sign you’ve seen on Pinterest,” says studio owner Julie Fortenberry. “Our studio can take your idea and turn it into something you will be proud to hang from your mantel, put on your desk, or give as a gift to someone you love.”

Well-known among friends and family for her crafty creations, Julie began selling her wares at craft shows throughout the state before turning her passion into a full-time business. This and That Studio is now her second home, and it’s a happy and creative corner for all ages to enjoy.
Whether you want to design a family monogram or display your favorite quote, any idea can be transformed into a custom wood sign. Julie and her team make it easy for customers by preparing their signs ahead of each paint party. They cut and sand fresh wood, build the signs, cut all the stencils, and lay the design out for you. Then, you select your own colors and paint your unique design in the studio.

This and That Studio offers a variety of options including open paint night parties scheduled on specific days (registration is required) or private paint parties ideal for groups, birthday parties, corporate team-building events, a girls’ night out, or any special occasion. Customers are welcome to bring light snacks, drinks, and spirits to enjoy while creating their masterpieces. On-location paint parties are also available by request.

“We’ve worked with local community groups like the Girls Scouts to help them raise money for their troops,” says Julie, who was a troop leader herself for several years.

This and That Studio also supports the Wounded Officers Initiative. For every custom wood flag sign made, $10 is donated to the cause.
In addition to hosting paint parties, This and That Studio fulfills special orders and sells ready-made signs in store. Julie has also been trained by paint company General Finishes and can paint furniture pieces including kitchen cabinets, vanities, dining sets, and more. 
The family-owned-and-operated studio recently relocated to 180 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Longwood and is open on select days of the week for walk-in customers.

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