Kathleen Goerner was previously a science coordinator in Humble ISD, but an opportunity to own a franchise that was a match for her passion and abilities was just too good to pass up.
This week she opens Pinspiration Houston Heights at 3004 Yale St., Suite #900 in the same center that houses Whole Foods Market. It is a studio where customers can create crafts and artwork, including paintings.
“I was a teacher for 20 years,” Goerner said. “I love people and I love teaching.”
She also loves to craft.
“People can come here, and we have all the supplies and people to help them,” Goerner said. “We call them muses.”
The brainchild of Phoenix, Arizona, resident Brooke Roe, Pinspiration was the solution to a real-life problem, according to the company's website.
People wanted to do the things they saw on Pinterest, but they lacked space, tools and supplies. They also were afraid to mess up and didn’t want to clean up.
There are now more than 50 franchise locations around the U.S.
“People pay by the craft,” Goerner said. “There is everything from candle making to string art to splatter painting. The splatter room is what people seem to think is the most fun.”
Individuals are welcome as well as parties, corporate groups and bridal showers. A VIP room is available by reservation.
“I want people to feel inspired and relaxed,” Goerner said. “It’s an escape from stress. Working on something makes your heart happy.”
Goerner said the new business is a big career change but that she was ready for it.
“I know I will enjoy spending all of my time here,” she said.
Her adult daughter is her business manager, and Goerner also looks forward to help from her teen daughter, too.
The location, just off North Loop 610 in Independence Heights, was ideal for a franchise location, according to Goerner.
“It is nestled in a high-growth area,” she said. “I like the artist vibe and the community there. You can see the shop from 610.”
There is a parking lot behind her corner, which Goerner hopes will be a spot for outdoor events and food truck parking.
“I want to be a part of whatever is happening,” she said.
For more information, visit Pinspiration Houston Heights on Facebook or www.pinspiration.com.