Couple behind Texas Wine & Wood in Plano keeps busy with board painting shop

Husband and wife Blain and Thanh Bastow started their Texas Wine & Wood business a month before they were married in 2017.

Husband and wife Blain and Thanh Bastow started their Texas Wine & Wood business a month before they were married in 2017.

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As Blain and Thanh Bastow recall, they were well into the process of planning their wedding in 2017 when a unique business opportunity presented itself.

A month before they were married, they secured a storefront in Plano and opened a board painting studio.

The couple has run Texas Wine & Wood in Plano for two years while working separate full-time jobs. In April, they opened a second location in Dallas. They teach most of the board painting classes together, often working 100-hour weeks to make it all fit, Blain said.

“I have had a number of businesses since college,” said Blain, a commercial property manager. “I’m just always trying to work for myself. I’m driven to be free of employment, I guess. And I love people. I love talking with people. I love interacting.”

Texas Wine & Wood specializes in helping customers paint their own boards with special designs and messages to hang up in their homes.

The company supplies instructors, design options, raw materials, templates and a workspace. Customers may bring their own beverages and, with advance notice, even work with the instructors to prepare custom designs.

At the end of each party, the customer walks out with a custom board they selected, stained and painted themselves.

The company’s signature event is “Brunch and Boards,” a weekly session on Saturdays with breakfast food and complimentary bottomless mimosas. All other events feature a bring-your-own-beverage policy.

At the original Plano location, all board-painting sessions are done by appointment. The couple does not have the time or staff to keep it open for walk-ins. Walk-ins are an option at the Dallas location because they have a near-full-time staff member working there now.

Thanh said the couple’s packed schedule is part of the draw. She prefers to stay busy.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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