Kidz N Art is set to open in New Town later this month and will offer art classes, leadership lessons and more.
After working in the corporate world, owner Shaunda Armstrong said she wanted to follow her dream of opening a children’s art studio that combines aspects of painting and other art forms with lessons on entrepreneurship, STEM, history and more.
Although her lifelong passion for art and working with children were big drivers in opening the childrens’ art studio, she said she was also inspired by her own children.
“I have three children, and they are all very talented but one is a very creative mind, and the other is a very quantitative mind — (one likes) engineering and the other one is into all types of art and music, and they’re very strong on both sides of their spectrums,” she said. “Then my daughter is a combination of both, so Kidz N Art is a pure reflection of our family and who we are.”
A grand opening celebration is set for the art studio on June 22, which will feature tours of the studio along with mini canvas painting, balloon artists, face painters and more. After it opens, Kidz N Art will offer regular open studio time along with a wide range of special events and creative sessions, she said.
Special programs planned for the art studio include a slime lab, where children learn science facts while making their own colorful containers of slime, and “sip juice and paint” sessions that combine traditional painting lessons with story times, math challenges and more.
“I just really want to stress the importance of creativity, because I’ve worked in corporate America for a long time, and to solve a lot of these problems, you need to think out of the box,” Armstrong said. “If you can capture them young and let them know that it’s OK to think out of the box, and that it’s OK to come up with different ideas and to not be afraid to share those ideas, it will help them as they go through life.”
Kidz N Art is located at 4345 New Town Ave., Suite 107B, and the grand opening is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22.
After it opens, Armstrong said Kidz N Art will offer open studio hours Tuesday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays during the summer. A rotating list of special programs will be offered before or after open studio time.
For more information, visit www.kidznart.com.
Mayor Paul Freiling and the rest of City Council presented the city Economic Development Authority’s 2019 Business Appreciation Award to Cardinal Survey & Design owner George Cunha at the board’s meeting Thursday.
The award honors Williamsburg businesses that have been open for at least five years, have less than 100 employees and have indicated continued growth. Previous recipients include Quirks of Art, The Jefferson Restaurant and Sal’s By Victor.
The local land surveying company has been open in Williamsburg for nine years and specializes in land surveying, planning, 3-D imaging and civil engineering, the award nomination states.
“They solve problems for their clients, provide extra attention to detail, affordable pricing, personal pricing and fast turnaround times,” Freiling said. “Who wouldn’t love all of that? They are flexible and think outside the box to solve client issues.”
Since Cunha first launched the company, he said Cardinal now serves the entire mid-Atlantic region, and recently acquired Berkley Howell in the Lynchburg market and will soon announce the acquisition of another Richmond-based company.
Although he doesn’t live in the city, Cunha said he’s happy to be located in Williamsburg, and thanked the board for the award.
For more information about Cardinal, visit www.cardinalsurvey.com.
Area real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer has announced a number of new and renewed lease transactions in Williamsburg:
» MCV Associated Physicians renewed its lease of 4,400 square feet at 1162 Professional Drive. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR and Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR handled the lease negotiations.
» Colonial Engineered Solutions leased 2,047 square feet at 223 Bulifants Blvd. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR handled the lease negotiations.
» Comfort Keepers renewed its lease of 1,494 square feet at 205-B Bulifants Blvd. Andy Dallas, CCIM, SIOR handled the lease negotiations on behalf of the tenant and Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR represented the landlord.
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