Not long after Donna Price and her husband Marc sold in Deerfield, the 25-year Village resident started looking for something else to do.
Always creative and a lover of crafts, it did not take long for Price to develop the concept for Cre8 Workshop, which she plans to open next month in Deerfield Park Plaza. It will be a place where people can make things from supplies and tools Price will offer either in a class or open time.
“Everyone will leave with something they make,” Price said of the classes and parties. “You show up, we’ll step you through the project.” If she is not able to teach a specific class or lead a particular party, she already has a solution. “We’ll find somebody to teach it.”
The two prongs of the business are open drop in times where people can arrive for approximately three hours at a set time to use the tools and facilities as well as group events. The group events can be classes Cre8 will offer or parties individuals will plan with her guidance.
Price has already applied to the Village for a liquor license that will allow her to sell up to two servings of wine or beer during an event. The Board of Trustees is set to act tonight.
“There is a two-drink max and there will be edibles,” Price said of the parties. “I’m glad for the limit,” she added happy she will not have to be the one to set the restriction. The drinks are for adults only, she stressed.
When someone wants to plan a party they will work with Price to determine the project to be made and the menu to be served. If the plan is to create a bracelet, she will empower the guests to put their own touch on it after she provides the raw materials.
“You make it your own by choosing where to place the beads and the color,” Price said. “I can show them a photo of the project that they’ll make. It will be a project they can make in one night.”
Another staple of Cre8 will be open time. People over 8 can arrive, pay a fee for the session, use some of the materials for free and pay for others. It will all be spelled out. What happens when someone wants to bring a child under 8?
“The parent has to be there,” Price said. “They can sit there with their Ipod while there child works, but they have to stay.”
Choosing Deerfield as the location for her new business on Lake Cook Road just west of Waukegan Road was easy. After operating The Mad Science Group for years, her hometown was a natural location.
“I live in Deerfield,” Price said. “There is easy access from the Tollway, Highland Park and Northbrook. Deerfield is central.”