Kinsley Mull spent a lot of time with her two young daughters at Noah's Art when the family lived in Charlotte.
"I just have such fond memories being at Noah's Art with my girls," Mull tells me. "The first time I ever took one of my girls to Noah's Art was when she was two years old. We really kind of grew up over the next couple of years, spending time together and making memories."
When Mull moved to Raleigh about 18 months ago, she called up the Charlotte location and asked whether they'd open a location here.
"He said, 'Well, you should open a Noah's Art in Raleigh," Mull said of the conversation. "We thought about it for a little while and we decided it was just a great idea."
The Raleigh location opened in September in the Falls River Town Center in north Raleigh. It offers classes, camps, birthday parties and parent's nights out. Programs are offered for kids ages 2 to 10. Noah's Art offers art programs, camps, more for kids
Business ownership wasn't a completely new experience for Mull. She had owned a women's clothing boutique in Charlotte for several years before her younger daughter, now 4, was born. And she's always had a creative side. She grew up playing piano and has worked as a photographer.
"It seemed like a great fit," she said of the business.
Mull loves that the programs offers kids "total freedom." Classes start out with some instruction on technique as they begin a project, but kids are encouraged to express themselves. Kids usually make two to three projects during a class.
The open, airy space is covered with colorful paint splatters and children's pictures hanging up on the walls. There's a small play area with toys for any down time.
"I love that it was a place where kids' creativity was really encouraged," she said. "It was a place where we could build kids up and let them create what they wanted to create and feel good about themselves."
Noah's Art's next session begin this week. And Mull has planned a Parent's Night Out from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, for kids ages 3 and up. Kids can take part in several art projects, eat pizza, play games and watch a short movie. It's $35 for the first kid and $20 for additional siblings.
For details about all of Noah's Art's programs and to sign up, check out the website and watch my video interview with Mull.
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