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KidCreate Studio

Name: Andrea Jones

Location: GREER, SC 

Type of Business:
Kids Art studio studio for kids 18 months to 12 years old

What does your business do?
Kids Art studio with 1000+ course curriculum that offers classes, camps, workshops,home school, art parties, birthday parties, and on the go studio for community organizations. We feel that our Art program will be a natural extension that allows kids by creating art to build confidence, problem solving skills, and social skills helping them to excel academically.

When and why did you start the biz?
Opened October 2018: I wanted a business that afforded the ability to give back to the community that my family and I live in through the expression of Art. I have noticed that the availability of Art in schools is diminishing. I thought what a wonderful and fun way to expose kids to Art.

How Many People are in your Company?

Where's your office?
Open Vibrant Multi-color(Orange,Green,Yellow,Blue) retail space with polished concrete floors that has retail area/ waiting area supplied with art kits, games, projects and supplies. The studio space is furnished tables/ chairs for 48 kids, sinks for clean up, magnetic wall for group drawing of murals, multi-color carpeted story time area with mascots Arty and Crafty(parakeets).

What's the toughest part of running your biz?
Our Challenges to date have been marketing a new brand in our community and being an advocate for those organizations who want and need our program but, have limited funding. Therefore, we have continued to work diligently and deliberately to build a sound foundation so we can offer scholarship opportunities to organizations for field trips, workshops, home school and art classes.

What's the most fun part?
In the months that we have been open, its been really fun to see the kids enjoying themselves, making a mess while making art -- being really afraid to make a mess and once we explain its okay they really enjoy getting paint all over their hands and on the aprons and squeezing clay through their fingers and painting their creations. Watching kids faces light up when they mix up slime in a bowl and holding it in their hands as it spills all over the tables is so exciting. And Comments like This Make it all worthwhile: "My daughters did a camp there today and they both had the best time. One daughter said “I wish I could turn back time, so I could do this day all over again. It was so fun!” The instructors had wonderful personalities, the studio was clean, inviting, and allowed creative vibes to flow. The girls brought home beautiful art! Looking forward to our next visit."

Anything you would have done differently?
Be more deliberate on how you use your down time during construction and build-out to begin marketing and networking to build momentum/ excitement pre-opening.

What's next on the horizon for your biz?
Our plan is to be able to open another site within 18 months....

What advice do you have for others?
Make sure you determine how you are going to market to your target audience and what platforms ie Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, or Direct-mail... Really scrutinize your budget to evaluate total cost of ownership and think about "Profit First" management because you can spend everything you make in a blink of an EYE.

How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
Idea Cafe can be an good advocate to seek solutions, network, get support/ business ideas from others who have been successful. I think the most impactful thing is having a virtual resource at your fingertips.

School (where, still in school, degree)?
North Carolina State University BA Business Management

Prior jobs or business?
Licensed Real estate Agent and Broker Arise: Turbo Tax Specialist Marketing Manager: Nortel Networks Manufacturing Supervisor: Bibb Corporation

Favorite Food?
Cinnamon French Toast

What are your pets' names?
Sophie and Simon Miniature Schnauzers; Parakeets Arty and Crafty

Do any of these pets help with your biz?
Yes the Parakeets are our Studio Mascots

Is there any one person or event in your life that led you to go into business for yourself?
I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 15/16 years during that time I have spent time with my kids exposing them to all of the activities that our community had to offer. Once our kids were able to attend pre-school or grade school, I have also spent some of that time volunteering in the classroom as time or the need presented itself. Since our youngest child was about to enter middle school I felt it was time to re-enter the workforce; however, I wanted to do something that was fun and kid related as I have enjoyed being around kids and really wanted to share experiences with kids of means and those who aren't always fortunate to experience different things.

Anyone you publicly want to thank?

Contact Info:
Andrea Jones
2456 Hudson Corners
GREER, SC 29650



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