Business Name: Branch Out & Jasperz Java
Location: 1116 Oak St. in beautiful downtown Conway
Date opened: October 2011
Number of employees: 11
What type of business is it? Entertainment Art, Boutique and Coffee Shop
What specifically does your business do? Our teachers instruct painters step-by-step to creating a masterpiece, and memories, in the company of friends, family and the public (who soon become close friends) while sipping on a dirty monkey, or bring your favorite bottle of wine, and enjoying 20 percent of boutique items during paint classes.
Owner or Manager Name: Beth & Robert Yockey and Hannah & Russell Dorsey
Why did you decide to open this business/location? To encourage entertainment art, for all ages, as a medium to uncork your inner artist. Not artistic? A little nervous? Don’t worry! It’s fun, easy and totally stress free.
What is the best part about owning/operating this business? Being independently owned and operated we are able to listen to our customers. We are now offering "Pinterest Nights," or as we call them "Dames of DIY" and we are introducing paintings on wood and wine bottles because of what Conway has asked for!
What has been the biggest surprise that has happened since opening this business? Our move to downtown Conway! Because of Faulkner county’s love and support, which can be seen on our three graffiti walls, we needed more space for community events. We also wanted to add to the nightlife of downtown Conway, since Branch Out never sleeps, for patrons to paint a masterpiece, shop late while waiting for a table or grab a coffee after dinner.
What is the best piece of advice you received before going into this business? Patti Stobaugh, owner of pattiCakes and Stoby’s, once told us to make sure we take time for ourselves and our families so that we can rejuvenate to encourage everyone to branch out.
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting out in business? Be unique. Offer something to Conway and Faulkner County that isn’t found in other local establishments. Our uniqueness comes through expression in entertainment art, or social art, and our retail items that tell a story (locally made, one-of-a-kind gifts, and products with purpose), and our coffee products are mission minded and freshly roasted in northwest Arkansas.
What makes your business unique to Conway and Faulkner County? We provide a creative, fun outlet in a stress free environment to Paint. Sip. Shop. with family, friends and the public.