This downtown Manteo boutique/gallery/studio is all about the art life! Owner/artist Mary Ellen Lee makes this her working studio, inspiring others to be creative and surround themselves with beauty. She offers opportunities for her customers to be an artist, meet artists and shop for the work of local artists. Mary Ellen offers weekly Wine &Whales craft classes on Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.; stop in to make hanging whale ornament. You can also book the space for up to eight people for parties, clubs, girls’ nights and more and bring your own food and drinks. Mary Ellen also hosts other events, such as storytime, cooking classes and popup art events, in her large studio. Or stop by anytime to make a shell craft or book a private art or craft lesson. The shop sells shell and driftwood art, stained glass, paintings, jewelry, body care products and the whole collection of Suzanne Tate children’s books.