Festive happenings entertain us and ease the sameness of everyday, and planning something unique and fun is part of the enjoyment. Enter Ebony Brunson and Design Studio by Blackbird—“If you want a unique experience, we are the place to be!” Since opening on Main Street a year ago, Blackbird has taken flight.
Blackbird is an event space masquerading as an extension of your living space to host functions tailored to your needs including consultation, planning, custom decorations and takeaways. “It’s a blank canvas for people to add their own color and idea,” Brunson said.
The 1,200-square-foot space is contemporary, primarily white and silver with touches of fresh lime green on the doors and in plantings throughout the space. The space lends itself to special dinners, baby showers, birthday parties (youth or adult), graduation celebrations, girls’ night out and business meetings.
And now it’s also an exhibition space. “Journey: An Emerging Artist Showcase” invites artists of any medium to submit their work and use the gallery space for an evening of exhibiting and networking. The first artist exhibition will be held on Friday, March 8, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Brunson grew up on the eastern shore of Virginia in Temperanceville. “I had to use my imagination, growing up in a small town. Blackbird is personal to me,” she said. In her first year, she has learned a lot.
“Being a small business is hard work,” she said, “a lot of sleepless nights. However, I see it as an evolution—introducing new concepts to business.” Her two daughters, 11-year-old Camryn and seven-year-old Chloe, are learning the business as well, she said.
Her husband, Amos, handles handyman and financial planning duties, having previously been the branch manager at the Kentlands Capital One branch. Brunson has worked in the corporate world for more than 15 years. She credits this experience for her customer service skills—hearing and understanding needs, and the importance of taking extra time to cater to the personal touch.
Brunson hopes to also work in the community. Her summer focus will be to develop a mentoring program for elementary age at-risk girls called the Blackbird Club. She envisions a group of five to 10 young girls whom she can “mentor and give back like others have done for me—this is my passion project.” Themes will be teaching life and interpersonal skills and etiquette—preparing them for life and to be good citizens.
Workshops and networking events are also planned. Her Designology series for brides focuses on budgeting and do-it-yourself projects. A workshop series planned for the fall will cater to mothers and other women with community forums and discussions on parenting skills and motherhood expectations.
Visit www.studiobyblackbird.com for all that Blackbird has to offer.