'A bigger, better b' Studio B to relocate on 30A in mid-2014

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Of making the move to 30A, Colleen Duffley said it is her "great escape."

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 06:31 PM.

Studio b. is coming back and it will be bigger and better than ever, said owner Colleen Duffley.

"We'll have a cafe, a full-time culinary school and full-time staff," she said excitedly over the phone. "It's going to be a new b."

As a freelance photographer and creative director, Duffley has been lending her artistic talents to national brands doing everything from photo and commercial shoots, branding and logos. She's traveled extensively around the world for her job, but when work brought her to 30A, she knew she wanted to create a home-base in the area.

"I shot Seaside for 'Southern Living' and fell in love with it," Duffley said. "I had a studio in Dallas and thought 30A would be a great escape."

Wanting to bring the "big city art" Duffley is exposed to regularly while working, she founded Studio b., "an artist's colony" in 2005.

"We brought artists to this area that had never even been to the U.S., we were once called 'The Sundance of the South,' " Duffley said referring to annual independent film festival. "It raised the bar for creative people in the area."

While the Studio b. name has lived on through events and traveling art shows, the brick and mortar location closed in 2011.

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