Purple Twig just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Amazing Art Class in Los Angeles. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Most Amazing Art Class” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Purple Twig: Purple Twig is a small-mom-owned business that focuses on teaching sophisticated and exploratory art to children that is age appropriate for ages 2-10 years. We are so much more than just paint.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
PT: Our art classes for children help kids with critical thinking as well as creative thinking. We pride ourselves in fostering problem solving skills and verbal skills while building self- confidence.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
PT: I have been teaching art to children through institutions for 8 years before opening Purple Twig. I wanted to have the freedom to teach children in many ways, whether it be a one time workshop of making dream catchers or teaching a class on Russian Constructivism for 6 year olds. It was important to me to open a space that was community oriented, offering classes for families, camps, bake sales and parades for kids to participate in.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
PT: Coffee- definitely.
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
PT: I have so many wonderful supportive families and many of them donate materials to us, from mints tins, to beautiful fabrics to potion bottles to printmaking stamps and ink. We really love and appreciate all the support from our families.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
PT: There is so much cleaning and organizing happening in the studio on a weekly basis.
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
PT: Teaching Art is the best way for me to relieve stress.
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
PT: If we don’t get enough families participating in any of our programs I change it anticipating the community’s needs.
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
PT: I have gotten so much good advice but I think the best advice to follow my intuition but also remain flexible.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
PT: I have also gotten a lot of bad advice. One was to raise my prices because people will think they are getting more if they are paying more. (I didn’t follow this advice) I want to be affordable to families without sacrificing staying open.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
PT: YES! YES! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and I’ll offer 10% off any Winter after-school-drop off class.
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Photo credit: Samara Caughey