Barrel + Beam, Curio Design Studio and Pine Moss Art turned a hobby into a hustle

NEGAUNEE TWNP, Mich. (WLUC) — As the cliché goes, if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life. It turns out that becoming a hobby in a stampede is a full-time job, in and of itself. Just ask Marina Dupler of Barrel + Beam, Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio, and Megan Zahorik-Cesternino of Pine Moss Art. While they can tell you that too, they’re glad they took that leap.

While Zahorik-Cesternino technically has a different full-time job, his chalk art has literally exploded. It is currently featured on a large wall at Barrel + Beam.

She talks about her work and her beginnings here.

Pine Moss Art begins a chalk piece for Upper Michigan Today.

Barrel + Beam is Dupler’s full-time gig, and Harlow took a job designing the brewery a few years ago. Harlow and Dupler share the hard work they’ve done this work.

Marina Dupler of Barrel + Beam and Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio explain how their side jobs turned into full-time gigs.

As a professional, Harlow knows that some people need design advice, but understands that not everyone needs or can afford full home help. Harlow offers one-hour rapid-fire design sessions. It shows what could happen during these sessions.

Curio Design Studio demonstrates its “rapid-fire” design sessions.

Zahorik-Cesternino shares his final design, and Dupler teases the upcoming chalk art you’ll see at Barrel + Beam.

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Joseph E. Golightly