Create & Escape DIY Creative Workshops!

Create & Escape DIY Creative Workshops! Empowering women across generations through creativity.

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Project Description

Empowering women across generations to…. Unleash Their Creative Spirit with Us!

 Founded in the greater Boston Area in 2017, sisters & friends brought together by their common love of getting crafty together decided they would take their passion of DIY projects to the next level. After attending a terrible Art workshop/ paint & sip night out with another company we decided we could do it better! This other company didn’t offer any assistance, the products were poor quality, the instructor was rude and we felt like we spent $50 for a terrible experience. Instead of complaining we decided to start our own company offering mobile “Pop Up” DIY Art Workshops that catered to women at local restaurants, bars and private events. We focus on Personalized Wood Signs & Sea Glass Art Frames.

We are as grassroots as it gets! We are family based & women owned which you will see from us sisters working together, to our parents helping at workshops and helping collect sea treasures at the beach for our workshops to our own children helping at our events. This has been a great example to our daughters that you can do anything if you work hard, be kind, be humble and have passion to do what you love!

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We based our business on 3 principals.

#1 Offer an incredibly fun & interactive workshop! Our host are fun and makes sure everyone walks away with a unique project that they are proud of. Unlike a paint and sip canvas workshop, Create & Escapes allows our guest to pick their project so guests walk away with a truly unique piece! Many guests come by themselves and use our workshops as a way to meet new friends. Our workshops are filled with no strangers but rather friends you have not met yet! Some come as group and make it their girls night out! It’s encouraging, filled with laughter! Everyone is helping each other out with encouraging words of positivity. We love what we do and it shows! Our outstanding customer experience has our guests signing up for their next workshop before they leave. We have an extremely high rate of repeat customer and glowing reviews on Facebook!

#2 High Attention to Detail! We work hard to ensure every last detail is attended to from our pretty welcome kits, to our high quality of materials and all the extra we provide are at no additional charge from ribbons to handles. We source beautiful, natural & colorful Sea Glass that make your projects POP! We believe in the power of saying yes to customers and take on any custom request. We offer 100% satisfaction promise because you work hard for money and it’s hard to finally get some free time from work and home life to actually get some "me time" so we want you to know you will have a great time… we know it and we guarantee it! If you aren’t satisfied, we invite you back to create again on us! (Fact, we only have had 1% come back due to not being happy with their project)

#3 Keep on Swimming & Stay in Your Lane! We keep on thinking of new and innovative projects to keep our guest coming back. We are hyper-focused on what we do well and keep true to that. We don’t worry about the competition but rather focus our energy on at fine-tuning our guest experience.

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Our Customer Base:

  1. -99% Women… some of the ladies do bring their sons, brothers, boyfriends & partners and they all have a great time too! Everyone is welcome!
  2. -Age 25-70 is our typically audience but we find we have a wide variety of all ages! We do kid’s events and senior events too!
  3. -Locations… we have found guest travel up to 1 hr to attend our workshops!
  4. -Who Comes to our workshops…. a wide audience of guests that are looking for a fun & relaxing night out! Its peoples ‘me time”,  some people do yoga to relax and our guests like to create to unwind from the everyday! Some like to unwind with family friends and some come by themselves as a way to meet new friends.

Now Our Goal…. What brought us to IFUNDWOMEN.COM is that women reacted so passionately & positive to what our company has to offer women that they immediately think we are franchise or part of a licensee agreement. We are not a franchise… this is all uniquely us!

 Due to the power of social media and women across the country are seeing our pictures on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram people want to join our company and bring Create & Escape to them in their town, city and state…. Whether it’s in California, in Florida or in Ohio they want the Create & Escape experience too! This got us thinking that we need to update our business model to expand to other parts of the country with our Mobile Art Pop Up Shops so more women can unleash their creative spirit with us! We also want to expand our online retail platform for those guest that want a “make & take” art kit mailed to them or a ready made personalized creation mailed to them as well.

 

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 Expanding the Mobile Pop Up Art Workshop model women would be able to sign up as an “Art Manager”. This is great for working Mom’s, a stay at home Mom looking to get back to work on her own terms & timeline, a Side hustle or anyone looking to empower women in their area due to their love of art! You make up your own hours at nights and on the weekend to fit your schedule. We intend to provide our "Art Managers" with a welcome kit of materials, supplies, marketing materials, instructions on how to market, on going support & host your event signupson our website as we build the Create & Escape brand together! Sign up as a backer of Create & Escape and empower women across generations to Create & Escape everywhere!

 We did just launch a retail space for pop in classes and workshops in Peabody, MA.

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Meet Lisa Enderle, Wendy Minton, Patty Wall and Debbie Thibodeau of Create & Escape DIY Party Specialist in North Shore

From BostonVoyager.com

http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-lisa-enderle-wendy-minton-patty-wall-and-debbie-thibodeau-of-create-escape-diy-party-specialist-in-north-shore/

November 13, 2017

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lisa Enderle, Wendy Minton, Patty Wall and Debbie Thibodeau.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
We are four sisters that love taking on DIY projects! We find whenever we head out for a ladies night it is a fun-filled night filled with laughter and great memories. We started our business after attending a DIY party for another company and walked away from the experiences that night saying ‘We could do this better!” so that is exactly what we did. Some DIY party companies were lacking attention to detail, high quality products and most importantly they were lacking outstanding customer service. We saw this missing in the DIY Party market place and decided to turn our passion for DIY projects and our passion for providing outstanding customer experience into Create & Escape!

We are North Shore girls that love the beach so we started with Sea Glass Art Parties. We tried to think of every last detail to create an evaluated customer experience for all our guests. These details are seen in our welcome kit, our beautiful displayed tables and our Beach Buffet that has unlimited amounts of sea treasures for you to use in your projects. We want each guests to walk away saying “Wow, that was such a great time, let’s do this again!”. We also offer satisfaction guaranteed to all our guests so if they are not happy with their project they can remake it for free. We find less than 1% of our guests need to remake a project but there is a level of security knowing that they can should they not be happy.

We are truly a family based company and even our parents will help us search for local sea treasures from sea shells from Niles Beach and Sea Glass collected from Pavilion Beach in Gloucester. We try our best to collect our sea treasures locally but we also source beautiful & colorful sea glass from all around the world including Australia, Florida, California and Maine. Many of our guests will bring their own treasures such as beach sand, shells and sea glass they collected on vacation and incorporate it into a design or sea treasures they children collected and turn this into a beautiful keepsake.

We have expanded our business to DIY wood signs and include offerings of farmhouse style signs, pallet signs and wood rounds as well as a wide variety of customization options. We have also included bath and body products which include DIY bath bombs, sugar and salt scrubs. Guests have enjoyed our events so much we have expanded to offer private parties, social gatherings, fundraisers, school events, birthday parties and corporate events.

All our events are hosted at local venues such as Beauport Hotel & Castle Manor Inn in Gloucester and other restaurants and hotels in or around the Boston area. We have expanded recently and have started booking venues in NH as well.

We look forward to keep focused on constantly evolving to find new DIY projects and to continue staying in our lane focused on our main 3 principals of having outstanding products, creating an engaging evaluated customer experience and above all to have fun!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There have been a few struggles along the way but we try to look at them as learning experiences! We grew from 0 to 100 mph basically overnight so it was hard to keep up with all our requests. We had a few hiccups in sourcing the best products but once we found our current suppliers it has been smooth sailing.

The biggest challenge has been getting our website revamped to include a booking option for our events vs. having another website host our site and another host our bookings. This is still a work in progress and we look forward to launching it soon.

We also do so much advertising on Facebook we are looking for ways outside of Facebook to promote to other audiences.

Please tell us about Create & Escape DIY Party Specialist.
We offer DIY parties at local venues or homes. We provide all the products, materials and instruction so guests walk away with a product they made! If you can DIY then we can offer it at our parties. We are not afraid to tackle any project or challenge. We are creative and can work with a variety of budgets. We provide a relax and fun environment so guest can have a night or afternoon out to have fun!

We call our events Sip, Mingle & Create parties and we now offer Create & Shop events where we offer a shopping experience from local crafters/vendors for our guests.

Recently we invested in high quality equipment and now offer vinyl designs, custom made shirts, signs, home decor and accessories for all our customers for their special events such as weddings, birthdays & parties.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If we had to start over I would have gotten our website up and running before we launched. I believe all the lessons learning along the way build your character as a business owner to who we are today so there isn’t much else I would change. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in only a short period of time. We are four individuals that each brings a unique skill set to our company and together it is magic!

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Let our designer make you a unique, one of a kind, custom sea glass creation using sea treasures from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Each sea glass creation will be custom made and unique.

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T-Shirt inspired by Shameless (comedy television series). Send size details to Wendy at: Createandescape@outlook.com

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Bring your family (up to 4 guests) to enjoy a day out creating custom wood signs. Each family member will leave with their own unique 10x10 in. wood sign!

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A private party for up to 8 kids at our Workshop. Each child will leave with their own unique 8x10 in. Sea Glass or 12x15 in. Wood Sign

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A private session for up to 8 people at our Workshop + Private Wine Tasting! Create an 8x10 in. Sea Glass or 12x15 in. Wood Sign

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Social Media Shoutout + Hand-written thank you note from our founders

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#ThrowKindnessAroundLikeConfetti 10x10 in. Hand Painted Wood Sign

10x10 in. Hand Painted Wood Sign :Throw Kindness Like Confetti

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$100 Gift Certificate towards any Create & Escape Workshop

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$75
#SurpriseSeaGlassArt

Let our designer make you a unique, one of a kind, custom sea glass creation using sea treasures from Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Each sea glass creation will be custom made and unique.

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$100
#ShamelessPlug

T-Shirt inspired by Shameless (comedy television series). Send size details to Wendy at: Createandescape@outlook.com

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WIN_9434
$100
#FamilyTime

Bring your family (up to 4 guests) to enjoy a day out creating custom wood signs. Each family member will leave with their own unique 10x10 in. wood sign!

0 Supporters
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$350
#KidsParty

A private party for up to 8 kids at our Workshop. Each child will leave with their own unique 8x10 in. Sea Glass or 12x15 in. Wood Sign

5 Left
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$500
#MimosasAndMakers

A private session for up to 8 people at our Workshop (+ Mimosa Bar!) to create an 8x10 in. Sea Glass or 12x15 in. Wood Sign

0 Supporters
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WIN_9450
$500
#LadiesNight

A private session for up to 8 people at our Workshop + Private Wine Tasting! Create an 8x10 in. Sea Glass or 12x15 in. Wood Sign

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$500
#VIP for a Year

Your Choice of 1 Create & Escape Project a month for 12 months $500

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$1,000
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Your Choice of 1 Create & Escape Project per month for 2 years & 20% off for life $1000

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