Our Story

Colors & Cocktails was established in February of 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia out of Lauren's desire of wanting a consistent career as a military spouse! In Virginia, Lauren grew Colors & Cocktails to 1,200 clients.

In 2016, Lauren and her husband received orders to Battle Creek, Michigan but moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan as Kalamazoo is a very art-focused city!

So, just like that, she moved her company to Kalamazoo, Michigan! Colors & Cocktails open its first studio in 2018 at the Park Trades Center in Downtown Kalamazoo.

Several months later, the studio found a new home on the Kalamazoo Mall, expanding into art classes, boutique shopping, and displaying a gallery of work from local artists and Colors & Cocktails team members!






Meet the Team

Lauren Parker Lasater

Owner, Founder, Art Teacher

I'm Lauren Lasater the founder, owner, artist, and art teacher at Colors & Cocktails: The Mobile Art Party! I launched Colors & Cocktails in February of 2014 in Virginia Beach, Virginia out of the desire of wanting a consistent career as a military spouse! I created a company that I could take my art teaching abilities with me no matter where we get stationed! In Virginia, I grew Colors & Cocktails to 1,200 clients.

In 2016, we received orders to Battle Creek, Michigan but moved to Kalamazoo, MI; a very art-focused city! So, just like that, I transferred my company from Virginia Beach to Kalamazoo. A few wonderful years have passed, and we have fallen in love with Michigan and all it has to offer! Josh is now out of the military, we have decided where in the world we want to live—and we chose Kalamazoo!

Josh, my loving husband, is now a Veteran of the US Navy and has an amazing job working at Stryker. Our family has grown by one this year with our sweet 3 lb. Red Toy Poodle, Rosie!

I'm having so much fun teaching a wide variety of art classes both in-person and online! Grab a drink and come join the fun! Cheers! 🥂

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Rosie

Hello World! I’m Rosie May and I am a teacup poodle pup! My mommy, Lauren, is the shop owner at Colors & Cocktails Downtown Kalamazoo on the Kalamazoo Mall! She teaches art and I get to look cute and play in the studio all day! Stop by and see me! 🐶 ❤️ 🐾

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Kayla Kennedy

Art Instructor & Retail Associate

I was born in China & raised in Grand Rapids, but now I live in Kalamazoo to study Art Education at WMU. I like to incorporate scientific motifs, flora, & fauna throughout my art because of my interest in nature & curiosity of how things work. Teaching, fostering connections, & promoting creativity is something I am very experienced with and passionate about. I am the first Colors & Cocktails employee, joining our team in October 2019, and I am excited to continue learning, spreading positivity, and making art fun and accessible for anyone.

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Lauren Martens

Art Instructor & Retail Associate

I am a 20-year-old artist who has always had a passion for art and crafts of all kinds. As an avid animal lover, I always enjoy creating art centered around my pets, in digital art, sketches, and paintings. My job at Hobby Lobby has fed my crafty spirit for years and I'm excited to bring my passion to Colors & Cocktails as an art instructor.

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Samantha Sjoerdsma Noel

Art Instructor & Retail Associate

Hello! My name is Samantha! I am a mom of 3 from Mattawan. I have two wonderful step children and one of my own. I spend most of my time with my kids or working with resin or other fun DIY crafts. I am so excited to join the Colors & Cocktails family!

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Lulu Shehadeh

Art Instructor and Retail Associate

Hi friends I am Lulu, I love art and crafts since young age, then I fell in love in Macrame and opened my small business; @luluauthenticmacrame. I grew up in the country of Jordan but have lived in many Middle Eastern countries. My husband and I moved to America 3 years ago (for his job) and love it here. We have one adorable son named Zade - he is 18 months old. 

Throughout my business I met Lauren and started selling some of my pieces at her cute Colors & Cocktails shop, every time I visit it i feel happiness because of it's vibes! And now joining the Colors & Cocktails team make me excited to feel these vibes on a regular basis!

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Sophie Lever

Art Instructor and Retail Associate

I am a rising junior at the University of Rochester in NY, where I am majoring in Political Science and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies with a minor in Studio Art. I am a member of the varsity dive team and in my spare time, I love ceramics, drawing, watching Marvel movies, and hanging out with my 2 dogs. I'm excited to join Colors & Cocktails because of the fun atmosphere and the ability to continue doing and spreading art everyday!

Chelsie Fall, SHRM-CP

HR Specialist

By nature, I am a social person and have always been interested in human behavior. I realized early on that if people need to work then we should enjoy it and decided that my mission was to change the way we think about employees in the workplace. This is all about creating a people-centered, high performing, innovative culture and shifting our initiatives from the traditional practices we have always implemented in the workplace. My work is my passion, but my "why" is my favorite people of all; my husband, two young children, and our sweet dog, Rylie. 

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Michele Coy

Bookkeeper, Leadership Coach

I empower individuals through various methods.  Personal Growth and Development Training’s are a virtual training in which a small group of individuals read a variety of John Maxwell books and discuss how the teaching impact our lives.  The classes range from four to eight weekly sessions completed in person or virtually, via Zoom or Free Conference Call line, that last approximately one and half hours per week. These are very powerful sessions in which personal growth is incredible.  Personal coaching sessions are another method in which I work one-on-one with people to discover what limiting beliefs are holding them back from becoming their best selves.

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