O’Flannary’s Empprium

O’Flannary’s Empprium on West State Street is a place to purchase decorative art or to lear to create it yourself.

O’Flanary’s Emporium is a gift shop and painting classroom on West State Street, Redlands — a couple doors west of Saverino’s Italian Deli.

Judy Coates, the owner and internationally acclaimed art teacher and speaker, named her business after her grandparents.

In 1986, Judy opened O’Flanary’s in a 100-year-old former Santa Fe train station in HIghland near Patton Hospital. Twenty years later, wanting a more small-business-friendly community, she moved to a storefront in Redlands on Tennessee Street. Three years ago, she moved her Emporium to its current location on West State Street, primarily for the ambience of the area and good parking for her customers.

Judy took art classes in high school. Although she liked art, she wasn’t interested in the kind of art to which she was exposed. At 19, she stumbled upon Decorative Art (formerly known as tole painting) and knew that was the type of art she wanted to pursue. That was 40 years ago, and she is still in love with it.

The left half of the Emporium is the gift shop. Judy sells her painted products and her exclusive original decorative art design packets, as well as decorative art by other locals. In addition, she carries products from other local crafts artists such as greeting cards, aprons, table runners and antiques.

Paint, paint brushes and other tools necessary for decorative art can be purchased at the Emporium. Vintage furniture, kitchen utensils, and home décor are also for sale. Although she does not sell gift wrap, she will beautifully gift wrap items purchased at the store during the holidays.

The right half of the Emporium is the painting classroom. Judy and three other local teachers offer beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. Classes last three to six hours. She hosts lunchtime “mystery painting” classes where the students do not know what the final product is until well into the process, but trust it is certain to be beautiful. Seasonal painted-sign classes for both indoor and outdoor décor are offered three or four times a  year. Many of her students have been with her for 25 years or more.

Judy has written six decorative art instruction books, numerous design pattern packets and magazine articles. She is a much sought-after teacher and speaker who travels all over the world providing decorative art lectures and seminars.

At these seminars, she meets other teachers and brings non-local teachers to Redlands a couple times each year so locals can benefit from teachers to whom they would not otherwise be exposed. The next invited teacher seminar is July 7 and 8.

Kids painting classes take place during the summer on Wednesday afternoons. Judy also hosts private “decorative paint and sip” parties for wedding showers, birthdays, office get-togethers, girls’ night out and other occasions. You can call the Emporium or visit the store’s Facebook page for class and party details.

Judy is a founding member of The Gypsy Tolers, a local decorative artist group. Gypsy Tolers have a holiday boutique every autumn. The boutique was held at the Redlands Mall for many years, but now is a one-day event at the Mission Gables House on Eureka Street in Redlands. This year, the event will be Saturday, Oct. 12. In addition to the 12 members of the Gypsy Tolers, other local crafts artists will have items for sale.

Judy gives back to the Redlands community in many ways. She is the invited Christmas decorator for the Burrage Mansion. She also decorates the Mountain West Financial Inc. office on Idaho Street for the holidays.

She makes Christmas stockings for the Loma Linda Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit and sells her decorative art at Santa Claus Inc.’s annual Christmas Tree Lane fundraiser.

Judy’s motto: “Beautiful things begin with a paint brush. Create. Inspire. Restore.”

O’Flanary’s Emporium

  • Where: 631 W. State St., Redlands.
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday  through  Saturday. Sunday and Monday, by chance.
  • Information: (909) 793-9712
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