Board & Brush is one of Wichita's newest entertainment options that is already growing in popularity. Whether you're looking for a new option for Girls Night Out, a birthday party, Valentine's Day plans, or just time with friends, their team promises to deliver a rewarding DIY experience that results in a decorative piece you'll be proud to display in your home. Co-owners Tami McCue and Ginger Wilson are long-time friends and business partners, who also operate a mobile healthcare practice and a cupcake truck. Learn more about this female entrepreneurial duo and their latest, and most creative, venture.
Please tell us a little bit about your company.
Board & Brush is a DIY woodworking workshop that allows clients to create custom wood signs under the instructions of our class leaders. Our workshops can turn even the least crafty person into a “DIY Master,” all without having to purchase your own supplies and make a mess in your home. Workshops typically run 2.5 hours and cost $65 and you leave with a piece of art you will want to display in your home.
From Girls Nights Out (we are a BYOB establishment), to children and teen parties, to corporate team building events (which are priced lower at $35 per person), we have something to offer everyone and invite you to give us a try.
What about your organization are you most passionate?
We are definitely most passionate about the quality of the product that is produced in the workshops. Our company has a hand in adding something to the homes of our customers, and our staff does an incredible job lowering the anxiety of people who aren’t as comfortable in the DIY space, which yields quality pieces of art.
Why did you join the Chamber?
We joined the Chamber before we even opened our doors. We knew making connections with other Chamber members would be key in our marketing strategy. We have not yet been able to get involved (the response to our opening was overwhelming – thanks, Wichita!), but we definitely plan to use the Chamber as a resource to grow our business.
What is the best thing about working with businesses in the Wichita area?
When we opened for business in October of last year, we were overwhelmed by the support we received. In fact, we were holding three sold-out classes each day during the week leading up to Christmas! Wichitans are also willing to try new things, and ours is definitely a new concept in this market.
Describe a recent success or win.
We have wins each day when our customers love what they create in our studio. Our promise is that you will leave with something you love or we will make it right.
Do you have an upcoming event, program or product launch that might interest our members?
Ours is a fun and different idea for date night, and we have three Valentine’s Day specials coming up. On Feb. 2, we are having a Make-and-Take event with three small projects available. No prior registration is required for this event and the cost is $15. It will be family friendly and those age 6 and up are invited to participate. On Valentine’s Day, we have a special where couples can come and complete one regular project and one small bonus sign for $75. Then on Feb. 9 & 15, couples can complete two full-size projects for $100.
We also have a Realtors Program to supply realtors with “closing gifts” for their homebuyers. Through this program, we partners with local realtors to present a custom wood sign for new homeowners to hang in their home.
What is something people may not know about you or your organization?
#1: That we exist to offer Wichitans another entertainment option.
#2: Class attendees can all do different projects and you do not have to book a private party. Just go online, pick your class date and project, then show up ready to have a great time.
Where do you see your organization in five years?
In five years, our hope is that we are consistently busy hosting full workshops. Full classes are fun for the instructions and participants alike.
Is your company involved in any community/civic activities?
We love partnering with 501C3 nonprofit organizations on what we call Fundraiser Nights. Essentially, we will designate a workshop time where 20% of sales will be donated to the partnering nonprofit.
Is there anything else you would like to include?
Board & Brush is located in The Douglas Design District, directly across from The Anchor, and steps from Old Town. We are also served by the Q – the free trolley that travels Douglas Avenue. Come visit us!