Art Studio Franchise Kidcreate Studio Continues to Expand in Virginia!

Art Studio Franchise Kidcreate Studio Continues to Expand in Virginia!

Kidcreate Studio is growing throughout Virginia! We’re extremely excited to introduce Meera Patel, one of our newest franchise owners, as she prepares to open a Kidcreate Studio location in Ashburn, Virginia with her husband, Nishil Patel. With years of experience in both business analytics and being a stay-at-home mom, Meera dreamed of becoming a small business owner, and has found the perfect opportunity through our art studio franchise.

Prior to discovering Kidcreate Studio, Meera spent a majority of her professional career doing analytical work. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston, Meera worked at both non-profit agencies and an oil and gas company. However, she realized she didn’t find her true passions in this field of work. 

“I have always wanted to be a small business owner ever since I was in high school, but I never took the leap,” Meera claims. “I knew that I wanted to be able to sell a product or service that I strongly believed in and that I would want to buy or experience myself.”

But first, Meera wanted to start her family. She decided to become a stay at home mom when her daughter, Ayna, was born in May of 2015. With her daughter now four years old, as well as her two year old son Saiyan, Meera began researching new career opportunities to fit her new lifestyle and passions. She knew she wanted to incorporate entrepreneurship with her hobby of crafting. As one of her favorite pastimes, Meera loves seeing children experience fulfillment in completing a project and being able to show it off. She sought out a business that would promote and support creativity in kids, allowing her to feel happy and motivated to go to work every morning. Once she started researching, she discovered Kidcreate Studio. With two young children of her own, she saw how Kidcreate Studio was something she would utilize with her own kids, and loved how art was incorporated with education. 

Being a resident of Northern Virginia, Meera saw how the area was perfect for introducing our art studio franchise. As a very family-oriented community, there are numerous young families looking to engage their children in educational programs that spark their intellect and creativity. “In Northern Virginia, there is tremendous diversity, and there are countless young families who are looking for new experiences for their children, and we truly believe there is no offering like Kidcreate Studio in the market,” Meera states. As a member of several mom groups in her community, she saw that fellow mothers wanted art classes and opportunities that were comparable to the popular dance and tumbling classes available. Parents wanted to let their children get messy and creative, but in a way that wouldn’t turn the inside of their homes upside down.

As she transitions from being a stay at home mom, Meera knew for certain that she desired a new career that would allow her to balance her work and family life. Her two children are both beginning school in 2020, so Meera saw that she would possess more time in her schedule. But, she wanted to be available for her family for meals, after-school activities, playing outside, bedtime, and more. Seeing Kidcreate’s ability to offer great work-life balance simply furthered Meera’s interest in becoming a franchise owner.

“The cherry on top is that our children can come to the studio and participate in the classes when I need to be there to get my work done!” Meera expresses. “Compared to other businesses, we are excited that our children can be heavily involved in helping us grow our Kidcreate Studio business in the long-term. It would be a great opportunity for them to learn about responsibilities and entrepreneurship at a young age.”

As she prepares for the opening of her Kidcreate Studio, Meera possesses a bright vision for the start and future of her art studio. She hopes to focus a large portion of her time on the sales and marketing aspect, especially with building On-The-Go partnerships. With her husband working as her business partner to handle the financial side of the business, Meera is excited to finally start her own business with our art studio franchise.

Meera and Nishil are planning to open their Kidcreate Studio in Ashburn, Virginia, by early 2020. We can’t wait for Meera and Nishil to spread the joys of Kidcreate with their community, and we’re excited to see their start and growth!


If you’re interested in exploring the art education space and are looking for an entrepreneurial career that offers work-life balance, opening your own Kidcreate Studio could be the opportunity of a lifetime! Click HERE to explore our franchise page, and learn how you can get involved with our art studio franchise just like Meera did!

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Kidcreate Studio is Coming to Alexandria, Virginia!

Kidcreate Studio is Coming to Alexandria, Virginia!

After years spent building a career in the corporate world, Diane Greenbaum realized she wanted to explore a new professional journey that allowed her to combine her business experience with the scheduling flexibility to spend time with her family. When she discovered Kidcreate Studio, Diane knew that our children’s activities franchise was the perfect fit for her.

Realizing her current goals in life no longer matched the goals she set for herself in the past, Diane decided that she was ready to move on to a new career path. With a three year old son now in her life, Diane sought out opportunities that integrated her strong business background with an increased work-life balance. “I started thinking, if I wanted to do something on my own, what would that look like?” Diane wondered. “Pondering that eventually led me to the children’s activities space.” She recognized how she had recently established a close network of mothers in the community through her son, and saw that a career opportunity lied in the realm of children’s activities and education. “Considering the network of moms and moms in business I’d grown since having a child and knowing all of the services and things you utilize as a parent, I thought it was a great space to explore.”

But instead of choosing to start completely on her own, Diane looked for a children’s activities franchise that had already established its brand reputation. Thus, she found Kidcreate Studio. Diane saw immediately how our children’s activities franchise lets our franchise owners find fulfillment in bettering their cities by bringing families and communities together while also enjoying the benefits of creating their own schedule. Seeing our commitment to enriching the lives of children through art, Diane also decided that our franchise would be a terrific complement to the family-oriented nature of her community in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Alexandria is a beautiful area where people heavily invest in their children’s development, not just educationally, but experientially,” Diane states. “Parents here want kids to learn in different way and want those experiences to add value to their child’s life.” Kidcreate provided the perfect program of allowing children to engage in art education through experience by being hands-on and having fun. Since partnering with our franchise, Diane is actively exploring real estate options in the Alexandria community to find the perfect location for her new art studio. 

Not only is she excited to grow her studio’s physical location, Diane is looking forward to taking advantage of our On-The-Go Studio to bring art to children throughout the Alexandria community. Through our On-The-Go program, we can send our art teachers directly to any location, whether it be schools, recreation centers, or summer camps. Diane wants to expand her reach and influence to offer our art services to as many children in the community as possible. Currently, she is exploring her partnership options with youth enrichment programs in her community through local elementary schools, preschools, and public recreation organizations. 

Diane also holds great aspirations in growing and building her Kidcreate Studio outside of Alexandria as well. She hopes that her Alexandria location will be the first of several Kidcreate Studios she can bring to the Washington D.C. metro area. “Within two to five years, my goal is for this location to be running smoothly to the point where I can open two more locations in the D.C. area,” Diane expresses. “I’d look at areas like Fairfax and Loudoun County in Northern Virginia, and maybe Bethesda or Upper Marlboro in Maryland. There’s so much potential here.”


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Arts and Crafts Franchise Kidcreate Studio Featured on Charlotte Today!

Arts and Crafts Franchise Kidcreate Studio Featured on Charlotte Today!

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With summer in full swing, Kidcreate Studio demonstrated on TV how kids can stay engaged and active during the long hot days! Our arts and crafts franchise was recently featured on Charlotte Today, the popular NBC lifestyle morning program based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jerry LaMonica, owner of a Kidcreate Studio franchise in Rock Hill, South Carolina, joined hosts Colleen Odegaard and Larry Sprinkle to walk them through a DIY candy beach art project and talk about all things Kidcreate!

Before jumping into the craft project, Jerry described Kidcreate and our unique purpose as an art studio solely for children. Detailing our mission to provide accessible art to kids from 18 months old to 12 years old, he emphasized the goal of our franchise to work with both children and the local community to provide as many art opportunities as possible. “We do classes, camps, workshops, birthday parties, field trips… You name it, we do it,” said Jerry about the multiple activities Kidcreate offers. He also talked about how he specifically likes to partner with parks and recreation centers as well as local YMCAs to host events and camps that will bring art enrichment to the community. 

After giving a rundown about Kidcreate and the numerous events going on with his studio, Jerry walked the two hosts through the quick and easy process of building the crafty beach project. Utilizing supplies like marshmallows, candy, and cake frosting, Jerry brought up the fact that the tools required for our art projects are incredibly simple and accessible for all, stating that this is “all easy stuff that you can get from your pantry or your local grocery store”. As the two TV show hosts coated their cardboard rounds with colorful cake frosting, Jerry discussed the incorporation of art education in every aspect of our arts and crafts franchise curriculum. “Every class, every camp, every workshop, there’s a piece of art education. Whether it’s a material we’re using that’s a little bit different, like papier mache or plaster, or maybe it’s an artist like Picasso or Van Gogh, there’s always something that the kids are going to learn, even though they’re making art with candy,” Jerry says. “They’re learning without really knowing they’re learning, so it tends to stick really well.”

We want our art students to have fun while they learn and create, so incorporating candy and play into our curriculum holds great importance to us. Like Jerry said, we strive to find the perfect combination of having fun while also learning all about the joys of art education, technique, and history. 

Jerry also expressed how Kidcreate wants to get children to tap into their creative potential and reach to think outside the box. Referencing the beach project, he poses the idea of how kids could consider what a beach in space could look like. By using simple and fun craft projects like the beach scene, children can explore the wonders of their imagination, learn, and, most importantly, have fun! 

Lastly, Jerry highlighted the benefits of the technology and device-free nature of our arts and crafts franchise. He speaks on how the children not only get to unplug from their technological devices, but by being hands-on and creating their own art projects, the students discover a new side of creativity that they would not have uncovered otherwise. He brings up the benefits his own children receive from exploring with art as he says, “I have two small children myself. They just light up when you spark that creative part of their brain when you get them thinking about things that they have not thought of before. We are truly doing things they have not done before.”

Host Larry Sprinkle asked a question that other community members unfamiliar with our studio may be asking themselves. “What can we expect when we come to the studio?” Jerry answers,

“Just fun. And getting very, very messy.”

Jerry opened his first Kidcreate Studio location this past November with his partner Eric LaMonica, and they are slated to open three more locations across North and South Carolina in the near future. Congratulations to Jerry for doing a wonderful job representing and showcasing Kidcreate Studio on Charlotte Today!


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From 1 to 14: Behind Kidcreate Studio’s Franchise Growth

From 1 to 14: Behind Kidcreate Studio’s Franchise Growth

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Ever since launching the very first Kidcreate Studio location in 2007, Founder and Chief Creative Officer Lara Olson knew that she wanted to spread the joy of quality art education across the country. Given her personal experience struggling to find art classes for her son, Lara wanted to create something that would give other parents what they were seeking to support the creativity within their own children. Now, with multiple locations under her belt, Olson is ready to continue expanding our craft franchise across the US.

Kidcreate began in Eden Prairie, Minnesota twelve years ago, starting as only a few locations across the state of Minnesota. Lara launched the very first Kidcreate Studio for her own elementary school son, as she saw how he was struggling in his academic classes. Although he had trouble in school, he thoroughly enjoyed his art classes. These classes, however, were only offered a couple times a week, and Lara could not find supplementary art classes for him in her community. Thus, Lara established the foundation of our craft franchise. From the beginning, Lara knew expansion was the goal for our future as a kids art studio franchise. Therefore, in 2017, we launched the opportunity for individuals to franchise with Kidcreate. But we’re not looking to grow ten-fold in just a couple years. 

“We’re not going so fast that we lose our minds”, Olson explains.

So, since our start 12 years ago, we’ve successfully grown our Kidcreate family from a few individual locations in Minnesota to 14 franchises across the country, ranging from Colorado to North Carolina. To stay committed to the quality and success of each individual location, we have made sure to keep our growth slow and steady. Our organic and maintained growth allows us to sustain the integrity of our business while also supporting the growth of each individual franchised location.

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While we continue to work on the steady growth of our franchise across the nation, it’s important to note our current events internally! With summer in full swing, we can see the busy and flourishing success of our multiple Kidcreate locations. Our year-long services include art classes, summer camps, and art retail items; but, our summer art camps are truly experiencing dynamic activity. Our weekly art camps are consistently bustling with excitement, and continue to bring life to our arts and craft franchise. One of the highlights of our camp is the designated “messy time”, where we encourage campers to explore their own creatively messy art projects. We know kids have a lot of energy that want to release, but parents don’t want to have to clean up the messy consequences of these artistic explorations. Our camp provides the perfect opportunity for the kids to get hands-on with their creativity while providing a sense of relief for parents.

“The kids get to [release some of the energy], but it’s not messing up the kitchen table”, Olson says.

Overall, we’re extremely excited to see where the future of Kidcreate takes us next. Alongside our current fourteen operating locations, we are currently looking at 20 more locations to open a franchise. As a long-term outlook, we envision opening 50 to 100 franchise locations across the country in 10 years. 

So, what are we looking for with these additional franchise locations?

We’re always looking for individuals who truly understand the importance of children’s art education and want to provide children in their community with an life-enriching art experience. A great Kidcreate Studio franchise owner will possess a business-savvy entrepreneurial spirit, a teaching background, crafty parenting experience, passion and knowledge about the arts, or community leadership— or maybe all of the above! These types of individuals not only have the potential to achieve the utmost success through our craft franchise, but will likely achieve personal fulfillment from being able to run their own business. All in all, we simply want to offer the ability for individuals to help spread our mission and provide access to art for all children. We’re eager to see the new individuals and opportunities we encounter in our future as we continue to further our goal of opening many more Kidcreate locations across the US!


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Kidcreate Studio Looks To Share Their Art Education with Dallas, Texas

Kidcreate Studio Looks To Share Their Art Education with Dallas, Texas

Signing thirteen new location in 2018 alone, Kidcreate Studio is proud to see our franchise gaining increasing national traction. With four new locations set to open in the upcoming months, we are now setting sights on expanding our craft franchise and art education impact into the Dallas, Texas area. We see the potential of opening up to ten locations in Dallas, having already opened a Texas location with owner Vanessa Cancel, who saw the perfect opportunity in investing with Kidcreate given the family-oriented culture of the Texas community. 

“In my opinion, Texas is very family-oriented,” Cancel said. “Parents love to expose their children to a lot of things, from sports to nature parks. Parents are always looking for options and love their kids to be out and about instead of indoors. Many are also aware of the benefits of art and being creative, and they want to expose their kids to all of that.”

Kidcreate Studio President Brent Dowling sees Dallas, Texas as the perfect area to continue expanding Kidcreate’s impact with art education, given the mix of demographics as well as the gravitation of Dallas customers towards brand stability in franchises such as Kidcreate. In a technology-driven world, parents are constantly seeking technology-free opportunities to engage their children’s creativity, whether it be sports, nature, or arts. That’s why Kidcreate’s curriculum, geared toward children aged 18 months to 12 years, provides opportunities in creativity, independence, and self-confidence in a truly tech-free environment. 

Dowling argues, “As in most other cities, many parents in Dallas feel their kids are spending too much time looking at screens. We offer the unique opportunity for parents to drop the kids off for a class or camp to enjoy all kinds of enrichment activities. A lot of kids don’t have access to art, and that type of education can really build their self-confidence and lasting life skills. Our partners have a strong desire to better the community, and to feel like they’re providing a service for kids that will make a real difference in their lives.”

Kidcreate Studio makes opening one’s own location of the craft franchise efficient and impactful in order to create the best relationship between the business, franchisee, and the community. With initial investments ranging between $97,900 and $218,250, studios are built on a simple turnkey “business in a box” model to help ensure success for the franchisees. Kidcreate is also the only art program to operate on a 2-in-1 business model which offers both in-studio and on-the-go classes, birthday parties, and camps. Our unique on-the-go programs have proven to be very popular with consumers and they continue to grow as a revenue stream for franchisees, as the flexibility allows for franchisees to establish close partnerships with nearby schools and businesses. This creates four revenue streams for Kidcreate franchisees– in-studio classes, on-the-go programs, art parties, and retail sales. These distinct revenue opportunities heavily influence the reason why Kidcreate possesses one of the highest net profit margins in the industry. 

Kidcreate also works hard to create flexibility and ease in the lives of the franchisees. Kidcreate makes the opening and launch process of each studio as easy and stress-free as possible. Each studio has an average launch time of four to six months, and Kidcreate ensures that each owner receives in-person training at the corporate office, assistance before opening, and one-on-one support for the full first year of business. In addition to providing the opportunity to run a profitable studio, the flexibility of the in-studio and on-the-go classes allows for owners to create their own work schedules and experience a positive work-life balance. 

From the flexibility of work scheduling to the guidance through opening a studio, Kidcreate works hard to ensure each individual Kidcreate studio feels comfortable and able to make a meaningful impact in their community. Kidcreate Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Lara Olson, involves herself greatly in assisting owners in training and establishing the success of their new studios in order to fulfill this dedication towards the success of the franchisees and exemplifying the brand’s family-focused model. 

“I oversee our fantastic launch program, so our franchisees get a lot of love from me as a founder and a lot of direction for their business,” said Olson.

So, whether you’re a first-time business owner or a veteran entrepreneur, our craft franchise provides support from the very step. Entrepreneurs, crafty individuals, or teachers looking for a change will all fit in our family here at Kidcreate. The ideal Kidcreate franchise partner in Dallas will simply be genuinely passionate about making an impact in their community and spreading the importance of children’s arts education. 

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