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Drink and paint at the soon-to-open Studio Cellar paint bar in South End

Time to get your drink on and paint a masterpiece — or something resembling art.

A paint bar called Studio Cellar will open in February in South End at 1800 Camden Road, Katherine Peralta reported. That’s near the East/West light rail station.

What to expect at the new studio:

– Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks you can purchase on site.

– Art supplies provided with each canvas purchase.

– Freedom. You can paint whatever you want or select one of the paintings in the studio and follow the instructions.

– Food. The plan is to partner with a nearby restaurant to serve apps and snacks.

– An event space available to rent.

The plan is to get the studio open by Valentine’s Day.

“It’s a huge day for us and a great date night experience,” said Charlotte Gaskins, who opened the first Studio Cellar in Columbia two years ago.

Here’s a video from the Columbia location so you can get a feel for the vibe.

A couple other things …

It’s not just your imagination: Rent is going up everywhere. Average annual rent nationwide was $1,244 in the fourth quarter of 2015, up 4,7 percent. Charlotte has the 24th fastest rent growth at 5.6 percent. Why the growth? Easy: Apartment supply hasn’t kept up with demand. It’s a good thing so many apartments are being built in Charlotte, right? Speaking of …

Work to start on Crescent NoDa mixed-use development Jan. 27. The development, which will be adjacent to the 36th Street station on the light rail extension, will include 344 apartments, 7,500 square feet of retail, a dog wash and an outdoor terrace with skyline views. Crescent is keeping busy. The company just broke ground on Crescent Stonewall Station, better known as the development that will bring Whole Foods to uptown.

Photo: Katherine Peralta.