The first Nailed It DIY studio west of the Mississippi River

The first Nailed It DIY studio west of the Mississippi River

There’s a new spot on the south side of Butte where you can pull up a bar stool, sit at the bar and have a beer with friends like you can at any other joint in Butte.

Only here, there are art bidders, not bartenders, and the banter and laughter mixed with the buzz and buzz of hand drills and sanders, most people who come on vacation have wooden home decor or whatever else they’ve made.

Kellie Fivey, owner of Nailed It DIY Studio, and her team, from left, Brenda Johnson, Grace Gransbery, Courtney Cashell, Nevaeh Waldman and Kesley Fivey at the new store during its grand opening Nov. 16 in Butte.

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At this Nailed It DIY studio, the first such franchise west of the Mississippi, most projects will initially involve wall art—various designs and labels that can say anything, with personal touches if you choose. But the DYI (do it yourself) list can grow.

“They have specialty buildings where you can make a planter pot or a recipe stand or you can make cornhole boards,” said Kelly Fyffe, who opened her studio at 83 Sportsman Way. “We started slowly, so initially here, you’ll see a lot of basic projects versus moving on to more complex projects. But we’ll get there.”

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Fivey has been a prosecutor in Butte-Silver Bow for 15 years and that doesn’t change, but by nature, she was looking for something else.

“I’ve always been a very cunning person,” Fifi said. “I’ve always loved being creative and couldn’t stand still so I started looking for different franchises. I didn’t really know what I wanted.”

Business owner Kelly Fifi opened a Nailed It franchise in Butte. The shop offers an open studio with ready-made logos or images and a variety of colors for projects. Fivey says the space is great for group activities for families, friends, and offices.

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I came across Nailed It DYI Studio, which started in 2014 as a concept by Misty Grant and Shannon Evans in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They summed it up in a 2019 story in Voyage ATL, an online magazine in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

“We are a DIY studio where customers come to create custom projects without the hassle of sourcing all the supplies themselves,” they said. “Imagine walking into a real Pinterest board with every piece of DIY wall decor you’ve ever had right at your fingertips, just picking the pattern and colors you love and creating it with your own hands.”

There are now more than 30 Nailed It DIY studios—11 in the Carolinas and more in states including Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. And now there’s one in Butte, Montana.

“There are different handcraft-type franchises, and this is the one I like best,” said Fifi. “I really liked their projects. I really liked what their studios looked like.

Nailed It DIY Studio is celebrating its grand opening at Butte

Nailed It DIY Studio in Butte opens November 16. This is the first shop to open in Montana for a popular craft franchise, and owner Kelli Fivey says the shop is a fun way for families, friends, and local businesses to connect while making crafts.

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“What really got me into this is, in the end, I was going to have more control over it than most, especially with pricing options,” she said. “I wanted to be able to make it affordable for anyone. Even if you live paycheck to paycheck, you can still come and do an affordable project.”

There is all sorts of information about the studio on their website – – Including opening hours, private and group reservations, youth parties and other offers.

You’ll also find hundreds of projects to choose from, including those geared towards weddings, seasons, babies and kids, dogs and cats, and good USA and sports. There are projects that support Montana and Bute, too.

“Someone is hopping online because they know they want to get in,” Fyfe said. “They browse through projects. They pick a project and book their seat at the craft bar. What I do in the background is I take that order, cut out the stencil, cut the wood and set up your stations.”

When you arrive, the materials are ready at your seat and you go to work staining, nailing, stapling, and painting. All materials and tools are on hand, including hair dryers for drying paints and stains quickly, and there are “art tenders” to help you along the way.

Fifi says they know their stuff.

Nailed It DIY Studio is celebrating its grand opening at Butte

Customers are greeted with options to bring their crafting visions to life as they enter Butte’s Nailed It DIY studio.

Megan Thompson, Montana Standard

“They literally have to know how to do a project from start to finish,” she said.

You can order a beer, wine, soda, or even an energy drink (the kids especially love them, says Fifi) and there’s chips, salsa, peanuts, candy, and other things for a snack.

Fivey visited the Nailed It studio in the East as part of her franchise training and loved the atmosphere. It’s been running here since it had a “soft opening” a couple of weeks ago.

“We had one group of four ladies that I’ve known for a long time,” said Fifi. “The whole time they were laughing, they were remembering, they were chatting. I just sat them all together, which I think is important — to sit with your friends. It was so much fun.”

The studio celebrated its “grand opening” last Wednesday night and over 50 people packed the venue.

Fifi and her husband, Bob Fifi, own the building on Sportsman Road, two blocks behind Walmart. It is part of their business, Elkhorn Electrical.

Bob literally turned a large section of the building into a studio. The oak bar is in a solid U shape, the lighting is bright with softer, understated accents, and the place is full of all kinds of decor you can make and break with.

Not only are kids welcome, but you can book times and projects just for them. Men can come too, of course, and there’s a large hanging TV in the corner next to the real bar as an added incentive. Bob added that.

“I think it was for football matches, so the gentlemen who do drugs here, if they don’t want to sit in the hand bar, they can certainly sit and watch a match and they’ll just make their ladies happy,” Feifei said with a laugh.

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