By Emma Wolff
Crafters of all skill levels rejoice: Craft Nights, located at 3241 E. Shea Boulevard, just re-opened for in person learning and their team couldn’t be more excited.
In March 2020, the pandemic forced Craft Nights to close its studio doors in order to keep guests and employees safe. However, co-owners Heidi Koffman and Jennifer Racer found a way to keep the community crafting thanks to pivoting to meet customers’ needs.
“During the stay-at-home order we developed to-go adult and kids’ crafting kits that were available for curbside pick up or shipping,” says Koffman. “We saw the need for all ages to have projects to work on in an effort to help escape the stress of the world. Once we realized things were going to be different for awhile, we adapted and started offering virtual classes, too.”
Now that many COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, Craft Nights is open again for in person classes. All sessions are instructor led with step-by-step directions for each crafting project, making it perfect for crafters of all skill levels. Craft Nights offers a ton of classes from canvas painting and string art to acrylic pouring, painting and planting classes. They also have a do-it-yourself sugar scrub bar that can be added to any of the classes.
“We believe our classes remove the intimidation factor from crafting,” Koffman says. “Oftentimes people want to try a new skill but just don’t know where to start. Coming to a class takes away the pressure of figuring out which supplies to buy and how to begin. We also provide the experts in case crafters need any advice or help along the way.”
Another fun perk to going to a crafting class? Anyone 21 and older is welcome to bring their favorite adult beverage to enjoy while crafting, too.
Not only does Craft Nights offer a variety of classes, they also host private parties. This is a great option for bridal showers, birthdays, and more. As long as there are a minimum of 12 guests, you can choose your favorite crafts and host a private event.
In order to keep visitors safe, there is limited capacity at the studio to ensure social distancing. “After the new CDC guidelines and talking with instructors, we ask that if you are unvaccinated, you wear a mask, and those who are fully vaccinated will have the option of wearing a mask or not,” Koffman adds.
“We are thrilled to welcome back the community for in person classes. We love seeing people learn and express themselves creatively,” says Koffman. “Whether you come on your own, or bring a friend, people usually end up having a laugh or two at Craft Nights. We love the positive energy that crafting brings out in people.”