"Meet the Merchant" was created to introduce the individuals behind the boutiques, restaurants and galleries in Historic Park City. This month we introduce you to the new owner of The Paint Mixer, Jill Johnson. A life-long Park City resident, Jill was thrilled to take over The Paint Mixer two months ago.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a Park City girl, through and through. I love the mountains and am now raising two children, Nils and Ivy, in the same beautiful playground that I was raised. I even convinced my die-hard Chicago husband to set his roots in our mountain town! I grew up skiing, later competing in moguls, and adventuring in Summit County and beyond. I worked with my dad, Jack Johnson, for several years and then moved to Chicago to pursue my husband and a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and ended up with both!
I ended up on Main Street when I met Nicky Lecher, the founder and former owner of The Paint Mixer. After several conversations and getting her blessing, I was able to purchase the business. I am honored to be included in the incredible depth and breadth of merchants on Main Street!
- Tell us more about your business.
The Paint Mixer is located in the Marriott Courtyard area just off Main Street. Our Park City Studio is located at 738 Main Street. In addition, we have a studio in Sugarhouse, as well as our “Van-Go” Mobile Studio that is available for off-site creative experiences. We offer step-by-step painting instruction with our talented team of artisits set-to music and laughter. We also provide fun and accessible wine & beer education for our 21 and over classes. I have been incredibly fortunate to adopt an expressive, talented and passionate team of hosts and artists. Please join us anytime for a creative and playful experience.
Describe Historic Park City in 5 words.
- What is your favorite time of year in Park City? Why?
I truly love all seasons… the quiet of our “mud seasons” and the frenzied and fun pace of winter and summer. But my absolute favorite is an epic snowstorm that blankets the town and allows us to ski the boyant perfection of Utah’s champagne powder (It’s even better during Sundance, because the town is busy but the mountains are ready and waiting).
- What are your favorite businesses on Main Street?
I find myself amazed at all the businesses that have been thriving for years and those just beginning on Main Street. I really like to get lost every once in while and visit each store. There is so much to see on Main Street.
Dolly’s has a special place in my heart, simply because I grew up going there to pick out a book or to pet the cat. It’s hard to pick, because I respect all of the restauranteers, merchants, club owners and other entreprenuers. I love going to see Jane at La Niche and hearing her saracasm and stories, visiting my dear friends at the Eating Establishment, having a drink at No Name or HighWest, dreaming of what to wear at Mary Jane’s, Lululemon and Cake, wishing I could remodel my entire home at Rooted or getting lost in the endless talent pool of artists that take my breath away with their imagery, imagination and innovation at each gallery. And the restaurants… honestly you can’t go wrong. But my absolute favorite moment is dancing with my girlfriends when the music is good and the atmosphere is electric!
- What is your favorite time/holiday on Main Street?
The month of December is incredible with the lights and the excitement of the holiday and the season ahead. Not to mention the Santa Crawl, Santa on Main and other favorite moments.
I also love Savor the Summit. This event always reminds me of our rich community that thrives in Park City and I personally love when Main Street is pedestrian only and the cars are removed for the day. It is a special time of year to see Park City locals mingling and enjoying the abundance our town offers.
- Something we would be surprised to know about The Paint Mixer?
I like to juggle several passions. I can see where The Paint Mixer can go in the future, but right now it’s really terrific! I am an Art Therapist and work with Survivors of Sexual Assualt, the Wounded Warrior Project at National Ability Center, active military at Hill Airforce Base and children with epilepsy. I am a Mountain Host at Deer Valley and love to feed my ski addiction by being an Ambassador for Volkl, Soul Poles and Bogner and Fire+Ice (so fun and sassy). I love to spread joy and usually that happens pretty easily because I snort when I laugh and that tends to do the trick.
- What do you do on your day off?
Play with my kiddos, laugh with Matt, my husband, hang out at home or with friends. Play in the snow in the winter, enjoy the trails in the summer and be amazed my Utah’s endless outdoor adventures.Jill describes The Paint Mixer as creative and playful education with wine! Sign up and create your own masterpiece.