Jamie Clark has years of experience gained by working with her father and husband.
She has always felt comfortable around tools. Her father saw to that.
“I remember him teaching me how to use a lathe when I was probably 7 or 8,” she said. “He was always very inclusive in letting me do stuff with him.”
The pair worked on such projects as making windchimes and end tables.
Her husband and his family are also avid woodworkers, even renovating homes and adding on additions to houses. That was when the big guns came out.
Now Clark helps others become accustomed to those skills she knows so well. Clark purchased Board & Brush in August of last year.
‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing!’
Board & Brush Creative Studio, in Suite 300 of the Burlingame Shopping Center, 3703 SW Burlingame Road, welcomes its guests to bring snacks – including wine and beer – settle in for the evening and get their creative juices flowing.
The business offers do-it-together experiences, including, private parties, bridal showers, bachelorette gatherings, corporate events and fundraisers. All participants pay a flat fee and receive everything needed to complete their projects.
Clark said she loves to see people’s confidence skyrocket after they finish projects like wooden signs and plant holders.
“‘Oh my gosh, this is amazing! I love this! I’m coming back. I already know the next item I want to make,’ customers say. ‘I’m ready to get scheduled,'” Clark said.
‘It was a really fun first experience’
Bobbi Shin was a longtime customer, holding her first party in April 2019, two months after the location opened.
“To celebrate my birthday, we did a private party, and I had about 30 of my friends in there,” she said. “It was a really fun first experience having all my family and friends there.”
Since then she has completed about 30 projects. Although she usually chooses larger wall hangings, she has completed wood storage boxes and planter boxes.
Among her favorite projects are two nutcrackers. They are more challenging works to create.
“I obviously forgot how challenging it was because I thought, ‘I love this one so much I need another one in different colors,'” Shinn said about her second nutcracker. “Everyone was laughing at me because I went into the studio with a diagram printed out, a picture of the stencil and labeled all the colors.”
The organization helped her match the colors to her Christmas tree.
Shin has worked at Board & Brush as an employee since the beginning of January,
“I can actually be at the studio and help others create and not have to take home projects with me,” she said. “I love to be there. I love seeing what everyone does.”
‘If you can follow directions, you can do this’
Deena Robinson, an employee since the business opened in February 2019, instructs classes in the evening and on weekends.
“We listen to music and make projects and meet new people,” she said.
The business has a lot of regulars, but new guests do come often. Robinson likes to hear them express pride in what they create.
“I tell them, ‘If you can follow directions, you can do this,'” she said, “‘And the hardest part is picking out paint colors.’ The majority of new guests say they will be back. “
Typically classes are held on evenings and weekends. Most are three hours long, but a few shorter, make and take, family-friendly classes are offered as well. All prices are listed on the website, and guests must preregister.
‘Just about anything for anybody’
The store’s owner said she likes how no two projects look the same.
“We can have people choose the same theme,” Clark said. “You make it look the way you want it to look.”
The projects can involve a variety of color schemes, wood distressing and stencil techniques, modern or rustic farmhouse styles. Themes involve seasons, home, family, sports, hobbies, holidays and travel.
With hundreds of designs available there is, “Just about anything for anybody,” Clark said.
Customers can also purchase items made by the team and take home kits they can make by themselves.
Shin said working at Board & Brush allows her passion for home decorating to express itself, and it serves as a stress relief.
“I just happen to get paid for it now,” she said.
The company issues new designs on the first of every month, with the latest releases themed to all things spring.
While the business doesn’t have scheduled hours yet, guests can reserve a spot by visiting the website.
Named the No. 1 franchise in the DIY / Paint & Sip Studios category for 2022 by Entrepreneur magazine, Board & Brush has more than 250 locations in 43 states. It also operates in Japan.