BLUFFTON — Betsy and Dan Lee had always envisioned opening their own business, but they never knew when that day would be. However, after attending an annual get-together with girlfriends two years ago in Wisconsin, Betsy Lee knew it was time.
“I was super excited because I had been following Board & Brush on social media for a while and I just thought it was such a cute idea,” said Betsy Lee. “But when we got to the studio and had such an awesome experience, I was hooked and I was like we are doing this.”
Board & Brush is a do it yourself studio with over 200 locations. The company provides instruction, tools and materials for people to make signs in two- to three-hour workshops.
Two months after attending the workshop, the Lees met with the franchise and moved ahead.
Some of the few challenges they faced were obtaining a wine and beer license, finding the right location and working out the financial funding.
“Opening a business is not easy,” said Betsy Lee. “However, we had a lot of patience and persistence. There were definitely times that we felt that it just wasn’t going to happen. But we thought that if we just stayed positive and kept our eye on the target and kept working we knew that we would break through some of those barriers.”
Two years later, the couple held their official grand opening Nov. 8 at 562 N. Main St.
“It was super amazing,” said Betsy Lee. “Honestly it felt like a wedding. You’re working towards this huge goal and then all of these people come to see what you put together — friends, family neighbors. It feel very validating and we had so much support.”
Those who are interested in attending a workshop are encouraged to fill out the required registration online at boardandbrush.com/bluffton.
“I feel very strongly that people do not take time out for hobbies anymore, not the way that maybe our parents’ generation did,” said Betsy Lee. “I hope that this can be a happy place where people can come in, relax for a couple of hours with their girlfriends, a date or their spouse and then go home with a one-of-a-kind piece of home decor that they created and are proud to hang up on their walls.”
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