On The Road: Dish It Out

By Liz Horton - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - "This is neat, I love this place, I mean the location is great, the setting in this old house is beautiful," said Roy Tam a visitor at Dish it Out, a local pottery painting shop.

"It's fun and it's a good outing if you don't know what to do," said Lydia Anderson.

Dish It Out is the brainchild of owner, Alicia Toal, who grew up painting pottery with her mother.

"Well I enjoy painting ceramics, and I thought I could bring that joy to everyone else," Toal said.

Here, you'll find children and adults painting, tiling, and smiling seven days a week.

"It's something you do for the family, if you want to keep a memento," Tam said.  He brought his son to capture the size of his hand. It's a way to remember his second birthday.

"We have mosaics, we have beading, we have glass fusing, and we have pottery throwing classes," Toal said.

Olivia Anderson brought her girls for a special day out. "It lets them use their creative arts side and lets them interact with each other while they're painting and spend time with each other too," she said.

"I have a lot of moms tell me how awesome it is that they can bring their teenagers in; they don't talk to you at home. We come in here, we start painting something, and they open up," said Toal.

At six dollars per hour, its an affordable activity, for a priceless moment.

"Anyway we can get the arts in children and let them express themselves and have a memento to take home too, of pride, I did this, I painted this, it's always a good thing," Anderson said.

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START:  1 Julian Price Pl, Charlotte, NC 28208-5211 US

1. Start out going NORTH on JULIAN PRICE PL toward W MOREHEAD ST/US-29.  (go 0 miles)

2. Take the 1st RIGHT onto W MOREHEAD ST/US-29.  (go 0.39 miles)

3. Take the 3rd RIGHT onto FREEDOM DR.  (go 0.46 miles)

4. FREEDOM DR becomes S CLARKSON ST.  (go 0.13 miles)

5. Merge onto I-277 N/US-74 E via the ramp on the LEFT.  (go 1.58 miles)

6. Take the NC-16 S/KENILWORTH AVE exit, EXIT 2A, toward THIRD ST/FOURTH ST.

7. Take the KENILWORTH AVE ramp.  (go 0.19 miles)

8. Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CHARLOTTETOWNE AVE.  (go 0.39 miles)

9. Turn RIGHT onto E 3RD ST/NC-16. Continue to follow NC-16.  (go 1.28 miles)

10. Turn LEFT onto MIDDLETON DR.  (go 0.04 miles)

11. 117 MIDDLETON DR is on the LEFT.  (go 0 miles)

END:  Dish It Out, 117 Middleton Dr, Charlotte, NC 28207 US

TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 9 minutes | DISTANCE: 4.56 miles