Tracy's actually started as Tracy's Place. It started with a dream that Mary-Ruth Tracy had. She wanted to create a space where people could gather, connect, and reconnect with their creative selves. Tracy’s Place was founded on being comfortable, cozy, and inviting.
Wondering how's Tracy’s Place became the name for a wonderful studio? Mary and co- owner Jeff had three teenage girls. One night whilst they giggled among themselves about the craziness of having 3 teenage girls at once, they started proclaiming that they were Tracy’s Bank, Tracy’s cab, Tracy’s Buffet. They both got quite are realized that the name for their new business has to be Tracy's Place.
Tracy's Place began as just an art studio that offered a few adult beverages; but quickly turned into a coffee shop and an art studio combination.
In early 2020 Mary-Ruth decided that they needed more room for her business. It was rough getting a new studio during a world pandemic but she succeeded!
During the move it just felt right to rebrand to Tracy's. And thus Tracy's Coffee, Art, and Wine blossomed. They have successfully created a comfortable, cozy and inviting place to gather in Arvada Colorado.
Mary-Ruth Tracy Owner and Instructor
Mary-Ruth Tracy's story starts when she was a kid. She would watch and learn as her mom painting on anything and everything she could get her hands on. The passion for art and creating beautiful things came naturally to Mary-Ruth, since her mom and grandparents were also very creative and artistic.
Mary-Ruth has become very proficient in teaching art to people of all walks of life. With her years of working in retail and service jobs, she has achieved excellent people skills. The combination of being a creative person and her love of people is how we now have Tracy's in Arvada.
In fact, Mary-Ruth would have big parties at her house were her friends and family would come over and just craft or work on different art, for hours. One afternoon, her and her sister were drinking a nice cup of coffee talking about opening a studio for families and friends so they have a place to be artistically inspired.
With her husband Jeff by her side, Mary-Ruth began the work of preparing to become an owner of a paint and wine studio. The work was long and sometimes hard, albeit was worth every single sleepless night. With a great deal of hard work; August 5, 2016 was the day that her dream finally came true.
Mrs. Tracy strives to have a business that feels like a cozy and welcoming friends house. The same feeling as when she hosted the crafting parties. She has trained her staff to always be welcoming and kind to our guests as well.
The core of her business is to help people reconnect or connect completely with each other and with their creative nature. In February of 2019 we added coffee shop to our repertoire at Tracy's Place. The combination of coffee scents in the air and the fun projects, grew Mary-Ruth's business to be come an award winning place to gather in Arvada.
In July of 2020, right in the middle of a world wide pandemic, Mary-Ruth and Jeff Tracy moved their coffee, wine and art business into a bigger better location (just around the corner from their first business home). With faith and grit, they have become a prominent couple in the community. Mary-Ruth is very involved with several networking groups as well as Chambers of Commerce. She can often be seen at several community events, whether offering her services, or just heartfelt support.
That my friends is how Mary-Ruth Tracy became the owner of Tracy's Coffee * Art * Wine.
Jeff Tracy Owner and Bartender
Jeff works many jobs while supporting Mary-Ruth and the growth of Tracy's. He comes in on his days off and in the evenings when classes are booked. He helps serve and maintain the high quality customer service that we are known for. With a sense of humor and a little teasing he keeps every guest smiling. He provides our guests with everything they need while here, whether it is more to drink, fresh water, or more materials.
Jeff has a degree in environmental sustainability from Echo Tech of Colorado. However, he chose to stay close to home and is working for the United States Postal Service. He is enjoying it, and the commute very much. He has two other side businesses that he is simultaneously growing along with Tracy's. Jeff is an entrepreneur with a heart of gold.
Not the painter of the family, but still very creative in helping to paint many of the "couples" paintings available. As well as many of the "Beaded Tree of Life" samples that we have. Jeff really enjoys the string art projects the most though. Being the only guy most of the time, we think it has to do with the hammer and nails... very manly.
Karen Kucera Manager
Karen is our manager extraordinaire. She helps keeps things running smooth and in the direction that Mr. and Mrs. Tracy envision. She has been a part of Tracy's Place since before Mary-Ruth's dream became a reality.
Karen states "I have been a crafter my whole life and never afraid to try new things. Experimenting with new mediums and techniques is a passion of mine. I have worked in many different fields, bringing a lot of different skills to Tracy's. The diverse landscape of my career paths has given me the ability to meet anyone where they are at. I feel strongly that this combination of love of crafts and people puts me in the perfect setting as manager.
Mary and Jeff have trusted me to take on the community aspect of Tracy's philanthropic goals. I coordinate and decide what and who we donate items to. I have also helped Mary create new projects to teach. I look forward to continue helping her grow her business for many years to come."
Karen has started teaching some really fun and unique classes of her own. Check out the resin and paint pour classes on our calendar. You will walk away with a new crafting addiction.
Cheryl Harris Instructor
I have been drawing, sketching and painting since I was in my teens. I have taken many courses and just learned techniques on my own. I went to San Jose, CA in 2003 for the One Stroke Certification course, passed, and became a One Stroke Certified Instructor. I taught in Michaels and JoAnns until the programs disappeared. I love to teach at my daughters business (Tracy's Place).
I began beading and jewelry making about 22 years ago. The Bead Trader, a local bead shop and almost the only one in the Denver metro area, offered classes in the home for you and some friends. I hosted one of these and was off and running. I have been beading ever since.
I now own Honey Designs LLC. I paint on birdhouses with mostly flowers, flowers were always part of the design, and I make jewelry. I have evolved somewhat in what I paint on, such as wine glasses, vases, etc. I also paint on caps with a Colorado theme and they are quite popular in the mountain shows that I participate in. I love painting on fabric and would like to do much more of it, but haven’t found the one thing that works yet. I create gourd art in a variety of ways. I also continue to take painting classes, as it will always be one of my loves.
I participate in Arts and Crafts shows throughout Colorado. I also have several items available in Tracy's Place for sale. I not only enjoy getting to sell my work, but I enjoy meeting and talking to the people at the shows and in my classes. I have met some wonderful people out there. I look forward to meeting you.