Queen Creek Business to Hold Grand Opening March 7
By Donna Hall
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. The Queen Creek, Ariz.., Board & Brush Creative Studio, located at 21137 East Rittenhouse Road, Suite 104, is holding its grand opening Saturday, March 7 from 4-6 p.m. with gift bags for the first 50 people and a chance to win a private VIP sign-making party for six valued at more than $400. Stations will be set up to show the steps in creating a sign, a nice touch for those new to Board & Brush, plus the studio will be decorated with lots of signs to get the creative juices flowing. Cupcakes, light bites and drinks round out the festivities. Workshops start the next day. The grand opening event is free and open to the public. 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/queencreek.
You need not be a master craftsperson to sign up at the Queen Creek studio, with novices feeling right at home at Board & Brush thanks to the instructor-led format of the workshops during which attendees are guided through the ins and outs 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.
The studio is owned by the mother/daughter duo of Donna Hall and Kristen Murray, both residents of the area. The two have an easygoing rapport, evident the moment you meet them. That closeness, coupled with their shared love of DIY projects, led them to take the ownership leap together.
It was Kristen who introduced her mom to Board & Brush, coaxing her to attend a workshop with her. That was after Kristen had taken her husband to a workshop for a date night. “I was interested in owning a studio, yet I didn’t want to do this by myself, and we agree on so much, so it was an easy choice to partner with my mom,” explained Kristen. Donna recalled the sign she created at that first workshop read Adventure Awaits. “It was prophetic in a way,” said Donna.
By day, the women have careers that are quite opposite of this venture. Kristen is an x-ray technologist but is also quick to point out that she used to manage a pottery painting studio. Donna has been in insurance sales for 25+ years and says that Board & Brush is her creative outlet, her “happy place” as she calls it. Donna also noted how much she enjoys teaching her insurance team and seeing them succeed, which is very much the Board & Brush model as well. “It’s wonderful to see the light go on, so see them proud of what they’ve created, that’s so fulfilling,” said Donna. Kristen admits her favorite part of the workshop is the reveal, when the stencil is removed to show the artwork. “That’s the moment it all makes sense and workshop attendees are so excited, especially those who didn’t think they could do it,” said Kristen.
As for division of duties, it’s a 50-50 proposition, with both instructing workshops and handling day-to-day operations. “We’re all in and we’re in it together, we work well that way,” said Donna.
The Queen Creek Board & Brush is located in the downtown district in the Cornerstone Shopping Center with lots of easy parking. Workshop attendees will know they’ve arrived at the right shop when they see the yellow doors. Inside, the studio has an artsy, industrial vibe. Tables are arranged to allow for plenty of elbow room.
Both women noted the growth of the community as a bonus for their business. “There are lots of new homes going up, many with the farmhouse style for which Board & Brush is known, and the Welcome Home sign for the front porch would be perfect,” said Kristen.
About Board & Brush Creative Studio
What started as a holiday “girl’s night out” in Hartland, Wis., with wine and crafts in the founder’s basement turned into a business idea and then a reality in March of 2015. The founder of the company, Julie Selby, has a passion for helping women and couples follow their dreams to be business owners and empowering workshop attendees to try a DIY project to put them on a path to new confidence and creativity. Board & Brush Creative Studio was ranked one of the top 50 fastest growing franchises in the U.S. for 2019 by Entrepreneur magazine, followed up by inclusion in the magazine’s 2020 Franchise 500 list. Board & Brush, with more than 250 locations in 41 states and counting, offers a wide variety of hands-on experiences including workshops, private parties, bridal showers, bachelorette gatherings, corporate events, and fundraisers. All projects are a flat fee and include everything needed to leave with a piece of art that looks professionally made. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at a workshop. The company’s website is http://www.BoardandBrush.com. Board & Brush Creative Studio has its corporate headquarters in Hartland, Wis.
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21137 East Rittenhouse Road, Suite 104, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
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