EASTON — Board & Brush Creative Studio, located at 314 North Aurora Street Suite A, held their grand opening on Monday, Sept. 9, giving attendees a first look inside the studio to get creative juices flowing.
From the outside, it looks like a charming shop with an artsy feel. Once inside, there’s no mistaking this is a place for creativity to blossom, DIY confidence to take hold, and memories to be made.
Inside, large windows on two walls let in loads of light, with seating for 36, with the Easton location a BYOB studio. This studio is owned by the mother a daughter, of Melessa Shiffer and DeDee Cole.
“We want (guests) to have a good time while they are here, enjoy the experience of making something themselves for themselves, also to take away something that is a high quality product that they are proud to hang in their homes,” Shiffer said.
Prior to this, Shiffer was a clinical scientist working for a large healthcare company, a career that involved long hours and lots of travel.
“I remember calling DeDee while away on a trip and telling her I was going to walk away from my career to start a craft business,” Shiffer said. “Less than a week later she called me to ask if I’d heard of Board & Brush.”
The pair drove two hours to the nearest Board & Brush Studio to try a workshop. Shiffer also said that when they were at the workshop, Shiffer and her daughter said in unison, “We can do this, this is right up our alley.”
While owning a business wasn’t something on their wish list, it was the opportunity to teach others how to create things that really appealed to them.
“The sign always comes out as it should, plus you get to take it home that night,” noted Cole.
The instructor-led format of the workshops during which attendees are guided through the in and out of power tools, paint, art and assembly, with all materials supplied by the studio. Each workshop lasts about three hours and attendees can select from hundreds of design templates, with new ones added each month.
The company works with top graphic designers around the country to create the designs, most with a vintage farmhouse look. A workshop cost is $68 and pre-registration is required.
Cole, will be keeping her day job as a physical therapist assistant at the local hospital; and using the business venture to feed her creativity.
“I love crafty stuff and making things and hanging them on my walls,” Cole said.
Shiffer will take care of business operations while Cole heads up social media marketing and both will instruct classes. Cole’s daughter, Erica Cole, will help too when she’s home on college break from the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington.
“She thought it would be really cool to have three generations in the studio,” Cole said.
Shiffer and Cole are on a mission to keep the new location up and running before considering a second location. Both mother and daughter also made a point to give back to the community, having already made donations to local schools and the humane society.
Area nonprofits should contact studio directly if interested in fundraising workshop.
“We definitely want to serve the community that we live in,” Shiffer said. “If things work out, we could open a second one. The Board and Brush franchise is not sitting still. They are evolving, and we hope to be here for many years to come.”
For more on the new studio and to register for a workshop to create your own home décor piece of art, log on to boardandbrush.com/eastonmd or call 410-690-7545.