Illumination Learning Studio engages and enlightens young minds through their interactive learning, music, and arts programs. Owner, Molli Piper recently took the time to speak with us and tell us what makes them totally awesome!
Red Tricycle: Congrats! Your community recently voted you the Most Awesome Afterschool Program in Seattle. What do your customers value most about your business?
Molli Piper: The opportunity for their children to learn each day through the amazing cultural arts classes we offer.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
MP: We are a family owned and operated business.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
MP: We had talked about starting a family business for many years. One day our son called and explained how he waited in line outside of a school at 4:30 in the morning to get our granddaughter into an after school program. He explained that there was such a big need out here for quality after school programming.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
MP: Coffee, kids smiles, and hugs!
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
MP: When we first opened our business I wore many hats, one of which was cleaning lady. I was cleaning one Saturday morning and a family from our program stopped by to help me clean! They said they wanted to give back to us for making such a wonderful difference in their community.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
MP: Wanting to be able to provide programming to all of our neighboring areas who want it (West Seattle, Magnolia, Queen Anne). We currently have 4 locations and lots of determination to reach as many families as we can. It won’t be a pet peeve for long.
RT: How you keep your stress levels down?
MP: Breathing, breathing and more breathing…
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
MP: I am a Social Butterfly! I love people and will say hello to everyone!
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
MP: You have to be able to laugh at yourself!
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
MP: You’re the child’s teacher, not the other way around.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
MP: We would like to offer readers who have children interested in music to come for a complementary music evaluation.