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Nightlife profile: Neha Negandhi 

Taking it back to her roots, Neha Negandhi returns to Charlotte bringing with her one innovative business plan. After years of living in Atlanta and embracing the "sip and paint" experience, Neha teamed up with her sister Monika to launch a novel nightlife venue. Introducing The Wine Palette (1308-C The Plaza; www.thewinepalettenc.com) — where Charlotteans can indulge their inner artist, as well as their inner wino. Nestled in beloved Plaza Midwood, The Wine Palette invites even novice artists to come together in creative harmony. The studio comes fully equipped with art supplies and fun-loving instructors to get you started along your visionary journey; all you need to bring is the wine.

Creative Loafing: So you've set up shop in Plaza Midwood and added a new venue to the eclectic nightlife scene. Tell us more.

Neha Negandhi: The Wine Palette is a place where you can shed your everyday life attire and slip into your creative clothes. It's a great way to unwind in the evening hours and get your creative juices flowing after the work day. The Wine Palette is for everyone. We really love the idea that you can stop by after work, enjoy a glass of wine, and let your imagination bloom. You can splash paint on your own canvas, and afterward venture out amongst the nightlife crowd and paint this town red.

After you discovered the venue idea in Atlanta, what made you decide to bring it back to Charlotte?

Monika and I knew right away that the venue was the creative outlet Charlotte needed. Thus began our all-embracing journey to get here. We brought our idea to Midwood Mania to see what sort of response we could generate. Plaza Midwood welcomed us with open arms, and they've continued to make us feel right at home. The community has been so embracing, so supportive, so gracious ... I really can't think of enough wonderful synonyms.

How do you think The Wine Palette will contribute to the nightlife scene?

We want to give back to the nightlife industry. Monday night is service industry night, and all industry employees will receive $10 off a class with proof of employment. We also want to mix nightlife with a good cause. The community has been so supportive, we want to give back. Once a month, Monika and I will use class as a way to do that by donating 50 percent of all proceeds to a local charity. We feel strongly about supporting the local charities. In June, we raised money for United Family Services; and in July, we're raising money for Promising Pages. Eventually we want to go mobile and bring art classes to schools and other places to give back to this Charlotte neighborhood of ours.

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