As Cameo Plaza, 1004 Highway 4, Arnold, launches a summer concert series, owners welcome two new businesses as well: Artsy Parts and Rossgelato.
Artsy Parts is a lifelong dream come true for owner Mona Baroody
“I was once asked, ‘What is it that you truly want to do?’” Baroody said. “Well, that was easy. I wanted to create art all day and get paid for it.”
That desire planted the seed, and when the opportunity presented itself to open an art supply store/learning center, she jumped at the chance.
“It’s so much more than supplies,” Baroody said. “I want this to be a creative community center where people can be inspired and create without doubt. After all, we were all born with artsy parts.”
While the store carries an array of art supplies for beginners to advanced artists, it is also a gallery with local artists’ works for sale, from horseshoe art to beadwork, pastels to poured acrylic.
Baroody welcomes groups to come to the social area of the store and create.
“Bring your knitting, your painting or curiosity, and enjoy creating in a group,” she said.
On Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m., an “any medium open studio” is offered with no formal instruction, but plenty of artist support.
Throughout the year, Artsy Parts will hold classes in Zetangle, beadwork, watercolor, torn paper collage, polymer clay, wire-work jewelry, acrylic pouring and more.
With a background in special education, Baroody hopes to add art classes designed for children with special needs, as well as courses for parents with their children “to enhance their connection through art.”
Artsy Parts is open Monday through Saturday, noon-6 p.m., closed early on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
For more information, visit artsy-parts.com or call 736-7336.
Next door to Artsy Parts is Ross Gelato; not the average take-and-bake pizzeria, as owner Bryon Ross also offers gelato, ice cream and barbecue.
While the gelato is from Wisconsin, the pizza dough is all Ross.
“I make it fresh every morning and hand-toss each crust,” Ross said of the seemingly lost art.
Sauces range from barbecue to white sauce, marinara to pesto, and the toppings are too numerous to list. Ross Gelato also offers gluten-free and cauliflower crusts.
Having been in the food industry all his adult life, Ross, a father of five, hopes to pass on his wisdom to his children.
“This is a family business,” Ross said. “I’m hoping to hand it down to my children one day.”
The store itself is a musical walk down memory lane; the walls are decorated with four generations of music in the form of vinyl records, some dating back to Victrola days handed down to Ross from his great-grandfather.
Though Ross enjoys all aspects of his chosen profession, he especially looks forward to the Saturday evening concerts at Cameo Plaza.
“The concert nights are super fun,” he said. Plus, he said he gets to show off one of his culinary skills. “I get to barbecue on concert nights. People bring their chairs and drinks and I provide great barbecue.”
Ross Gelato is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Orders can be called in, walked in or placed on Facebook at RG2go.
For more information, visit rg2go.xyz or call 213-7212.
The Cameo Plaza concert lineup can be found on cameoplaza.net.