Board & Brush Creative Studio, located at 851 McArthur Street, Suite B, is locally owned by Pamela Posch and Lisa Ellison, will hold its grand opening open house Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9-11 a.m.
The DIY wood sign and home décor art workshop chain will offer 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. There will also be a breakfast biscuit bar and beverages. Visitors will find a studio decorated with lots of signs to get the creative juices flowing, and staff will be on hand to demonstrate the steps in making a home décor sign. The grand opening event is free and open to the public.
Later that day, the studio will be holding three make-and-take mini-workshops at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and those require registration. Regular workshops start the next day.
For more on the new studio or to register for a workshop, log on to www.boardandbrush.com/manchester.
The array of design options at the Manchester studio includes signs, trays, backyard games, totes, doormats, planter boxes, benches and more, with new releases issued on the first of every month. You need not be a master craftsperson to sign up for a workshop, with novices feeling right at home at Board & Brush thanks to the instructor-led format 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 “Pick Your Project” workshop lasts about three hours and costs $68, with pre-registration required. The owners plan to add premade signs for curbside pickup and virtual workshops after the holidays. The studio will have masks on hand should any workshop attendees want one as well as ample supplies of hand sanitizer.
Not their first
This marks the second time the owners have joined forces to open a business, having previously run a successful seasonal consignment venture together. They’ve also helped each other with major home renovations, proof they’re not afraid to take on a project. “We tend to get our hands dirty quite often,” laughed Posch. “We like to do most of the work ourselves.” The two met at a garage sale in their neighborhood years ago and the friendship was instant.
While Posch’s career has included creative pursuits in visual marketing, Ellison, the self-described more analytical of the two, put her master’s degree in human relations to work in building her resume. While that mix of skills makes them perfectly suited to jointly run the Board & Brush studio, Posch admits it took some wrangling on her part to get Ellison on board with the idea after the two first attended a workshop at a studio about 30 minutes away as something to do on a Saturday afternoon. “I like to think I keep us in the clouds while Lisa keeps us grounded, yet our work ethic is the same and we work well together,” shared Posch. They emailed the corporation the very next day to inquire about bringing the concept to Manchester.
“Our town is fairly small, the area doesn’t have many entertainment options, so this is going to offer our residents a new way to get together and we’re also hopeful it will be the start of business diversity and growth for our community,” said Ellison.
Workshop attendees will find both Posch and Ellison instructing workshops, and their children will be pitching in at the studio too, making it a true family affair. The interior design of the studio is a nod to industrial style with 15-foot ceilings, stained concrete floors, exposed ductwork and lots of interesting task lighting.
Finally, given both owners have been active PTO members in the community and know firsthand the needs of families in Manchester, they’ve already made donations to the local children’s advocacy center and are hoping to hold a toy drive at the holidays. Other local non-profits interested in hosting a fundraising workshop at the Manchester Board & Brush are invited to contact the studio directly.
Board & Brush Creative Studioes started as a holiday “girls’ night out” in Hartland, Wis., with wine and crafts in the founder’s basement and turned into a business idea and then a reality in March of 2015. Board & Brush has more than 250 locations in 42 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.