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Cooking, painting and glass work are among the great date ideas at Metrowest

Westburg – Tucked in an industrial building near the downtown roundabout, there’s a shop with a treasure trove of handmade items, many local: cutting boards, greeting cards, and bags, arranged on shelves, tables, and walls within the small space.

Owner Holly Kinney named the shop, Elsie Kaye Glassworks, because of her daughter’s pronunciation of her daughter’s initials — L, C, K — although some customers still think her name is Elsie.

Kenny started taking flame classes for making glass beads when her daughter was young and Kenny wanted to take some time for herself. She started making glass beads and giving lessons from her basement before moving to the Westborough space.

more: Check out our online calendar for other fun things to do in MetroWest

Kenny hopes to move soon to a new location with greater visibility and event space.

Although things have been quieter since the pandemic, the store is offering a full schedule of classes this fall including tasting books, essential oils, silver rings and a silver stamp, as well as glass bead making for teens and adults.

Sheila Chikwai, resident expert and educator at Elsie Kaye Glassworks in Westborough, during a glassmaking class, September 29, 2022.

She said that mastering glass bead making is all about “practice, practice, practice.” “It takes a while to start flowing… It’s really about controlling the glass and using gravity.”

Here are some unique date night ideas from around the MetroWest.

Elsie Kaye Glassworks – Glass Bead Making Pairs


classLight your torch with this 2-hour introductory course for couples that will teach participants how to make glass beads using a tabletop torch. All materials are included in the class cost.

Participants in a recent class on glassmaking at Elsie Kaye Glassworks in Westborough include, from left, artist-in-residence and educator Sheila Chikwai of Natick;  Nancy Park of Lancaster;  Surrey Bitex by Auburn;  and owner Holly Kenny, September 29, 2022.

cost: The price depends on the category. Rekindle Your Flame is $150 per couple.

When: There are upcoming sessions in October and November.

where: 3 Union Street, Westborough

Musa Paintbar – Couples Drawing


classCollaborative class where customers can draw two halves of a single piece of art.

cost: Varies by project. $39 for the double photo and $45 for the Disney upcoming couples drawing class.