Just recently, Erin J. Cooper went on and on about what it’s like to be a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.
It didn’t take long to realize she’s one who customarily thinks outside of the box.
“I love the flexibility and being of service,” Cooper told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I allow God to direct my work and it makes the difference. I love the ability to do what I am passionate about and impact others positively. I put in a lot of effort and sweat, but it never seems to feel like work.”
Amongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Cooper is owner and chief operating officer of Cooper’s Color to Canvas.
Located at 3720 Garrett Road in what is widely known as the Arts And Entertainment district in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania — which is roughly 11 miles west of the Philadelphia metropolitan area — Cooper’s Color to Canvas is a local social canvas painting studio which, according to many tourists, is the hot new painting trend sweeping the nation.
“Anyone can do it,” Cooper said of her business, which is seemingly becoming a fixture in the City of Brotherly Love. “Painting experience not required, just a sense of adventure. We’ll give you the step-by-step instruction you need to complete your Color to Canvas design in one, short session. Gather your friends for a fun night out. Groups of people come in to be instructed on how to complete a picture.”
That’s not all.
Cooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said.
“We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”
Most of all, Cooper emphasized, her business is accessible to any and everyone, regardless of one’s age.
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“We cater to (all) individuals,” Cooper said. “We have painted with children as young as birth to 92. Whether you are having a baby shower, bachelorette party, football gathering and demonstration, we can welcome you. We love families and individuals…every age can find something to do in our studio.”
Most importantly and to Cooper’s credit, her flourishing, progressive business is starting to draw rave reviews from people all across the country.
Talk about a work of art (pun intended).
“Our artwork is inspired by different cultures and artists,” Cooper explained. We can bring the world to our studio through art. I have a love and desire to help people. I believe if you do what you love, you will never work. I want to create financial security for my family and show them what it means to follow your dreams. I want to be an example to young women and men.”
So far, so good for Cooper who, along with running a successful business, is also a licensed Master Level Therapist whose primary responsibilities include focusing on people with drug addictions.
“I do a lot of work with children and families,” Cooper said. “Right now, my primary focus is people suffering with Opiate Addiction.
In addition, Cooper started a rising non-profit organization called GRATEFUL, Inc. (or Getting Rid of Addiction Through Education, Faith, Unity & Leadership, Inc.)
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“This organization has done so much for the community including providing school supplies for children, clothing to homeless shelters, toys for shelters during the holidays, and our natural beauty pageants for boys and girls,” Cooper explained. “My art studio is born out of my therapy work and mission of the Non-Profit. I try to provide an atmosphere where people feel safe to explore their creative side.”
Most of all, she said she wants everyone to have a positive experience and feel good about their effort and unique experiences through her booming business.
“We are more than a paint-and-sip studio,” Cooper said. “We are different because we are interested in the entire person.”
This, to her credit, sums up why she is a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.
For more information about Erin J. Cooper, call 610-905-8020.
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