Portraits capture pets’ appeal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant OWNER: Robyn Feeley ESTABLISHED: 2003 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: One DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Fun and whimsical pastel pet portraits of your furry friends from your favorite photographs. IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? During my first art show, I sold a dog portrait. My second sale that day was a commission for another dog portrait. The light bulb went on, and thus my pet portrait business began. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? Watching the reactions of my guests and the request for their own pet portraits. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Three months WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? I developed my Web site, researched the local animal/pet market, created a body of work to sell at art shows and animal expos and advertised in local papers. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? About $5,000 from personal finances. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Fellow artists and my dad. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? Logo design opportunities for pet-related businesses and the opportunity to work with animal rescue, and just how far the market spreads – all across the country. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? $35,000 WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? To spend more time outside the Los Angeles and Southern California market, and to do workshops with children in a new art studio in Topanga. My first workshop will be working with California wildlife, and I’ll have the children participate in the art, putting on and marketing a gallery show. I also want to donate a percentage of sales to the nature of Wildworks Animal Sanctuary. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS NAME: Bungalow Art BUSINESS ADDRESS: 20964 Colina Drive, Topanga PHONE: (310) 455-7744 WEB SITE: www.bungalowart.com last_img

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