Female-led business teaches do-it-yourself crafts for home in Topeka -

Female-led business teaches do-it-yourself crafts for home in Topeka

Jamie Clark, owner of Board & Brush, 3703 SW Burlingame Road, Suite 300, on Wednesday paints over a stencil on a wooden box she will use to store items.

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, a do-it-yourself business, offers guests open studio time and workshops to create wooden signs and gifts.

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’

Bottles of paint are set up for guests to use in their creations at Board & Brush.

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.

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