At Pachis Art Studio, little ones are given all the tools for artistic expression and let loose, under the guidance of highly trained and encouraging teachers, to explore the dazzling world of art. This is not your typical art studio but rather a “creative space” for self-expression and the development of confident, creative individuals. Is it any wonder that Pachis was your Totally Awesome pick for best kids art class in SoCal? Owner Juliana Flores recently took the time to chat with us about the inspiration behind Pachis and how she balances her new mom title (her daughter is less than a month old!) with the business. Read on:
Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do you think your customers value most about your business?
Juliana Flores: I think the casual and warm environment that I offer at my studio is what keeps parents coming. I try to treat my customers as if they were guests in my house, get to know them and their children so they can trust me as their art teacher.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
JF: Well, I started writing the art curriculum I teach when I was in college. After working with children for such a long time I realized that children needed to be exposed to art more often, that art should play an important part in their daily lives. Art would help them become more sensitive to others, to express themselves and learn about other cultures and art forms around the world.
So finally, my husband and I were talking about opening our own business that would not only help me implement my philosophy about art and children, but would also allow us to start a family because of the freedom that comes with being a business owner. So in 2012, we opened Pachis for the first time in Normal Heights, in March of 2013 we moved to Liberty Station and in September of 2013 we had our first child, a beautiful baby girl. So far, it’s all worked out as planned and we’re really happy and grateful for that.
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
JF: Be patient, owning a business comes with a handful of responsibilities, ups and downs but it’s definitely worth it if it’s a dream and something you feel really passionate about.
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
JF: I’ve only been a mom for 6 weeks so I don’t have many tips to share, but I can tell you it’s been a bit stressful because I want to be the best mom for my daughter as well as continue to see my business grow and be successful. I am fortunate to have much support from friends and family, a husband with a very flexible job that help us accommodate to our needs as parents and business owners. I’m learning a lot more about prioritizing, being flexible and understanding in all aspects of my life on a daily basis as well as highly enjoying my new role as a mom.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
JF: As a business owner, being featured in Red Tricycle and continuing to see those smiles on my students after every art workshop I teach.
As a parent, I’m just in love with my little one.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
JF: Yes! 15% off any of our services: Art Workshops, Mini art and music program, and Birthday parties.