Sticky Art Lab just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Awesome Art Class in San Francisco. 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 Awesome Art Class” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Sticky Art Lab: I think Sticky visitors appreciate having unusual and exciting reuse materials at their fingertips, and the gentle support and suggestions from the Sticky facilitators. They have the time and freedom to experiment, and to find a creative way of expressing their ideas.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
SAL: It takes many hours to sort and curate what sits on the shelves. The organizing appeals to our collective sense of tidy-ness, and we enjoy working on it together. If you ever want to drop off reuse items or help us sort or organize, just drop us a line!
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
SAL: Sticky Art Lab started as a dream place for me (an arts educator) to bring my own young kids, several years ago. It started as a Family Open Lab, then other programs grew out of it, including parties and an After School Program. Our big commitments are to creative self-expression, and a focus on using less resources for a healthier, less stressed planet.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
SAL: I like to start with a hot cup of water with lemon, then toast and coffee!
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
SAL: Some of our awesome customers have become our super awesome art facilitators!
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
SAL: I suppose when a person doesn’t understand all the work that goes into a business. It is constant.
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
SAL: Give myself space. Breathe. I have been known to lay down on the floor and put my feet on the wall. Ahh!
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
SAL: Be Positive Power! Not only my bloodtype, but also my mantra. When I am positive, it affects those around me, I get more done, and the day doesn’t seem as long.
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
SAL: Two things: Do what you can. And, speak and act from your own experience.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
SAL: Put the paint higher so the kids can’t reach it.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
SAL: Two for One entry during the month of December for Open Labs. Wednesday-Saturday 10-1.
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Photo credit: Sticky Crew 2015