Arts and Entertainment

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes

Stephanie Miller, a Youngstown State University art graduate, always knew she wanted to own her own business. After having a difficult time finding a job in her field, the art graduate took a job as a retail manager, but never stopped creating art. After five years of being a manager, while driving home from work one day, the artist had the idea of creating a business that would function like a craft market. "I always wanted to house my things in a shop, but I couldn't find one," says Stephanie. Stephanie decided to turn her idea into a business.

Owner/Founder
Stephanie Miller
My Location
Canfield OH
United States
My Successes

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes houses over 11 vendors and plans on doubling the number of vendors within the next few months. Wonderstruck offers after school art programs, "Sip & Paint" classes, house parties and various other painting classes and activities.

How SCORE Helped

Stephanie reached out to Youngstown State University's SCORE chapter to help write a business plan, develop ideas for her new business and advertising. "Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to set up for success," says Stephanie.

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Dr. Thomas B Whalen

Current City: North Adams, MA

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Chris Smeltzer

Chris Smeltzer

Current City: Reno, NV

Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley 2009-2011

Financial Advisor, Waddell and Reed 2011-2014

Financial Advisor, Ameriprise 2014-Present

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I have multiple degrees in Music Performance and Musicology.

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About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Robert Sussna

Robert Sussna

Current City: Stockton, NJ

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Bachelor of Architecture Cornell University

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Claire Kohler

Current City: Horsham, PA

I was one of five founding partners who took TLA Entertainment Group from it's first phase as a Repertory Cinema with 20 employees through conception, funding, structural setup and operations. The company subsequently added seven award winning video stores, 12 catalogs annually, international websites, film festivals, wholesale distribution in the US and the UK, and has evolved into a leading multi-channel e-commerce business. At the peak of the video business, the company grossed 30 million dollars annually and employed 200 people.   In January of 2014, the founding partners were bought out.  I became an independent Silpada Designs sales representative, a home party based company.  In September of 2014, I enrolled in the John Maxwell Leadership Training Certification Program and am in the process of becoming an executive coach.

I also helped start the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance and the Philadelphia Film Festival, 2 non-profit organizations that ran 2 film festivals annually.  I oversaw operations, volunteers, ticketing and events.

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I graduated from Kirkland College, now Hamilton College, with a BA in Anthropology.</p>

Scottie Hamiel

Scottie Hamiel

Current City: Newport News, VA

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Wonderstruck Artisan Market

My Location
3649 Canfield Rd Suite 3 (Route 62)
Canfield OH 44406
United States
Employees
13
How SCORE Helped

Wonderstruck Artisan Market & Classes is an artistic multimedia, multi department gift shop with art classes. They specialize in "Sip & Paint" classes, where you can bring in a beverage and will instruct customers step-by-step on how to paint their masterpiece! Their mission is to offer consumers handmade arts and creative crafts at an affordable cost. Their goal is to bring back originality in the consumers home, rather than mass produced products from a retail giant. Whether consumers are looking for a gift, expanding their own creativity in class, or decorating their living room, Wonderstruck is the place.
 
Wonderstruck has now expanded their business to open a cafe next door to their market.

Wonderstruck Artisan Market and Classes greatly credits the Youngstown SCORE team for helping to establish a business plan which was our key in early business planning. This greatly helped us to be set up for success!

Marc Garrison

Marc Garrison

Current City: Birmingham, MI
Chapter: Detroit SCORE

I have been in the food service business for 35 years. We ran a small wholesale meat company called Mark's Quality Meat's in Southwest Detroit. We were food purveyors and wholesalers to restaurants,bars and country clubs. We sold the business in 2010.

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I have a fine art degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in painting and photography.

Audrey Klijian

Audrey Klijian

Current City: Havertown, PA

Sb1 Federal Credit Union - Treasurer, Director and Member of Executive Committee (1990 - present)
Arts & Business Counsel of Greater Philadelphia - Business Consultant (2012- present)
Clarifi - Financial Coach (2014 to present)
GlaxoSmithKline - Various roles in finance with a focus in Treasury and Cash Mgt (1987-2012)

 

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