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Name: Mahsa Ghavamian
Occupation: Owner and founder
Years in Business: 22
Town in which you reside: Hopkinton
Family: I am married to an amazing man and have one daughter
Name of Business: Canvas n Cup
Business address: 189 Main St., Milford
Business phone number: 508-381-2360
Business website: www.canvasncup.com
In three sentences, share how you ended up in this line of work: It all started with a desire to spend more time doing something fun with my daughter. I bought some canvases, and started painting at home, while waiting for dinner to get ready! When my daughter saw how much fun I was having, she wanted to paint with me, instead of watching shows on her iPad! She followed my instructions step by step and, boom – she had a masterpiece of her own making. My 7-year-old became an artist, just like that. I bought her a small easel, then some canvases, and right there on that small kitchen counter, we created our very own art studio. Watching how my daughter reacted to the opportunity to be creative, and to engage with me in this activity, inspired me to create a space in town where families can pull away from their individual screens, and do something affordable and fun as a family. I figured, if my daughter and I can do this together and have so much fun, why not create a space where other parents, children, friends, community groups – everyone – can do the same. If my daughter and I can become artists, so can everyone else!
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What are two memories from your career that stick with you the most? One particularly memorable moment was a fundraising event I held for a group of active military personnel, with members of their families, who were raising funds for Family Resources Group 181, which supports spouses while their husbands and wives are deployed overseas. Hosting 40 active military service members and their families at my studios was an absolute honor! The second memorable moment was teaching 100 eighth-graders at Stacy Middle School in Milford during the “Heritage Week.” It was the realization that once children are encouraged and empowered, they can thrive and flourish beyond belief. I was so incredibly humbled that children were fighting for seats in my class, and I knew right away that I am on the right path to build a valuable business in the community.
What do you like most about your work? What do you like least? My work is extremely versatile. One day I could be hosting fundraisers and team-building events for large companies, and the next day I could be hosting a birthday or bachelorette party for a more intimate gathering. Every day is different, and so are my clients and students. I have a lot of fun interacting with different age groups, creating a variety of canvas, wood and ceramics art pieces. What I like least about owning a small business is being in a chronic state of stress. One of the biggest challenges is that, as sole proprietor, all responsibilities of every aspect of the business rest on my shoulders. From doing the setting up/cleanup, scheduling and other to administrative duties, customer contact and followup, bookkeeping/financial management, complying with regulatory requirements, to all types of technical chores, all of them are my responsibilities. However, what keeps me going is believing that I am offering a unique experience to my clients, and seeing those clients smile and enjoy themselves.
What makes your business or profession unusual? When people hear about our business they think, Oh great… another paint place! Canvas n Cup is not just another paint place. Our business is committed to making a difference in the community. We proudly sponsor many fundraising events to promote charitable causes and give back a generous portion of our profits to charities of choice. In addition, our studio offers a very welcoming space, which can accommodate everyone. Our space offers an exclusive spot for people of all ages to create arts and crafts, without feeling intimidated or out of place! We have comfortable tables and chairs, so everyone, kids, seniors, and people with mobility constraints (including those in wheelchairs, with walkers, etc.) can easily come in and join the party and create their masterpieces. In addition to the studio, Canvas n Cup offers a warm and upbeat tea / coffee lounge with futons, cushions, Keurig machines, bar accessories and tasty treats, which immediately makes everyone feel at home. This will allow a group of children to do arts and crafts in the back studio, while parents and guardians can enjoy some adult conversation with their friends in the front lounge!
What advice do you have for someone who wants to open a business? Take it one day at a time, but stay the course. Make sure you give it your all, because that’s what it takes. Never compare your business model and approach to others. You are unique, and that’s what makes you stand out from other businesses.
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