When the pandemic hit, many local businesses didn’t know how they were going to survive. But Marie McClellan and her husband, who own Practically Pikasso, knew they needed to stay open to provide a much-needed escape for children.
The owners, who have both worked in the health field, felt comfortable going ahead with their scheduled summer camps with a few safety precautions in place.
“Surprisingly, no one who had already signed up [for camp] cancelled. So, we put one foot in front of the other and just said, ‘okay, we’ll figure it out,’” McClellan said.
They continued to offer their camps, and soon they were opening to the public once more and finding creative ways to tailor to their customers.
“Those who wanted to have intergenerational get-togethers or birthday parties were booking events early in the morning before we opened to the public,” she said. “Even though it is an additional charge, it gave grandparents the chance to spend time with their grandchildren and feel comfortable not being exposed.”
Along with private, early-morning events, the art studio also began offering their signature ceramic pieces and other craft opportunities such as glass fusion and you-paint canvases, to-go. There was even some interest in Zoom classes, but McClellan said their “small operation” is still working on that.
While they figure out how to bring their art expertise online, Practically Pikasso continues to be a safe haven for kids and adults who need a break from 2020.
“We’ve always been the ‘get out of your house and do something with your kids’ business, and that hasn’t changed,” she said.
The only thing that is a little different at the store is that there are a few more safety procedures including the use of disposable products, social distant tables, and the use of cleaners with rubbing alcohol. Patrons are also asked to wash their hands immediately upon entering the studio
But while the studio might be arranged differently, Practically Pikasso is still offering their one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces that make great gifts for the holidays. They even have a whole seasonal section that stays stocked all year.
“We’re glad to offer a place where kids can still be kids,” McClellan said.
Practically Pikasso is located at 7043, 4310 W Waco Dr in Waco, TX. For more information, call (254) 776-2200 or visit www.practicallypikassowaco.com.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.