Once upon a time, five investment partners were looking for a business investment property that would benefit the community, and where neighbors could hang out in a stress-free environment.
Pinspiration, where community meets creativity, was the perfect venue for their vision, and they were granted the DIY craft franchise locations for Kingwood and The Woodlands April 19, 2019.
The owner group consists of five equal partners. Paul and Marla Meriano, Lt. Meghan Meriano, and Randy and Rachel Jenkins. The two guys have been friends since college days. The group wanted to invest in something that both families could enjoy and contribute to its success.
“We were scheduled to open in April 2020 but Covid shut down our suppliers and we were unable to open until October, when we finally received our paint supplies,” said Marla Meriano, group spokesperson. “Covid hurt us financially just like other small businesses in the country. We are a small local (literally Mom and Pop) business trying to make a difference in our community.”
Meriano said she first heard about Pinspiration when she saw their Facebook advertisement for franchise opportunities. “As an investment group we had wanted to find a project to invest in and work at as a group,” she said. “What I liked about Pinspiration versus the standard DIY business was the concept of it being a restaurant for crafts — for Pinterest crafts that you can try without committing to the expense of all the materials and tools for one craft. Also, the food and drink component adds to the party/restaurant atmosphere.”
“The Pinspiration studio allows customers access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools,” Meriano said. “The staff provides the tools, materials and a clean, inviting and inspiring place to put it all together.”
According to Meriano, customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular “pinned” social media projects and current craft trends.
Do-it-yourself home décor crafts, Splatter Room Experience, local craft beer & wine bar, light snacks and drinks, VIP party room and entire venue space rental makes up Pinspiration.
“Our customers are our neighbors from far and wide,” said Meriano. “We picked the Kingwood location since living here. I knew this would be a place I would have loved to have when my girls were young. A place I would have loved to bring friends and family to hang out, host parties and have booster club meetings. I wanted it to be a home away from home where my neighbors can come hang out, have fun and relax. We have customers coming from Katy and beyond plus as far north as Cleveland. All are welcome,” she added.
While Pinspiration offers a variety of fun classes and workshops, the main focus is on-the-spot making. “You choose something you want to make from our project samples and we bring you everything you need to create it, including a detailed tutorial,” Meriano explained. “No need to sign up for a class or workshop! Since we provide project tutorials, we have eliminated the need for an instructor. Each person enjoys their own DIY project at their own pace and our staff assists when needed.”
“Our studio includes a beautiful VIP party room available for your special day. Our parties offer a boutique feel and are very memorable events. We can host birthdays, holiday parties, showers, corporate events and more. If you have a large enough group, you can rent the entire studio!”
One exciting amenity to mention is that Pinspiration features a wine and beer bar.
“We invite you to relax and enjoy a drink with us, visit for a date night or meet for a regular ‘happy hour’ with friends after work. We offer nonalcoholic beverages and snacks too,” explained Meriano. “Can you say, ‘Creations and Libations?’ Pinspiration is a world-class venue for planning truly memorable and entertaining events!”
Pinspiration has no membership fees — everyone is welcome. “We host many discount nights and special offers throughout the year. We have an everyday discount of 15% to first responders and members of the military and veterans, and we have an everyday discount of 5% to teachers and nurses,” explained Meriano.
Believing that everyone is an artist, regardless of age, background and skill level, Pinspiration’s crafters include kids, adults, men, women, individuals, groups, skilled artists and beginners. “All come to our studio looking to have fun, relax, make memories and celebrate special occasions. We have crafts/décor items to make that will compliment everyone’s interests — animals, scenery, pets, automotive, sports teams, college logos and so much more,” Meriano said.
The Splatter Experience brings many people into the Pinspiration studio. “Our Jackson Pollack inspired Splatter Room lets the artist explore the freedom of splatter painting. We provide protective gear such as goggles, shower caps, bootees and rain ponchos for the Splatter Room. Plan to remove your shoes and socks and paint barefoot in bootees. Paint is washable but we highly recommend wearing clothes guests don’t care about, just in case,” she said.
The Pinspiration studio hosts classes, workshops, kids’ camps, parents’ nights out, crafting community events and much more. “We have many exciting events coming up this year and into next year,” said Meriano. “We hope to hold more fundraisers for local groups and to contribute to our community. We would ask for our neighbors to come take a tour and see what we have to offer.”
Some events will be holiday themed parties, special event nights, and they are planning a one-year celebration of their grand opening plus car show in October, details TBA. Pinspiration will be participating in local Town Center events and festivals with a booth and featured crafts for sale.
“Every day is a celebration at our studio. We have a wall of upcoming events where you can see future events when you are in the studio. Those events are also found on our event calendar on our website.”
“I found crafting and making art was a great way to relax and de stress,” Meriano shared. “I wanted to provide a stress-free environment for my neighbors to come and hang out. Our goal as owners was to create a welcoming setting for celebrations and casual get-togethers. We want our employees to enjoy what they do and have as much fun as the customers.”
Paul and Marla Meriano have been married since 1986 and raised two daughters in Kingwood. Marla is a University of Houston graduate and a retired educator who previously worked for Humble ISD and Crosby ISD as a teacher and a district administrator. Paul is a University of Houston graduate in mechanical engineering, and is a senior project manager with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. installing industrial projects. Both daughters are Kingwood High School graduates in the classes of 2011 and 2017, as well as University of Houston graduates in the classes of 2015 and 2021. Lt. Meghan Meriano, the couple’s oldest daughter, was commissioned as an officer in the Navy in 2015 and is currently a lieutenant stationed stateside.
Randy and Rachel Jenkins have a young daughter and their connection with Meghan Meriano goes back to when she was flower girl at their wedding at the age of five. Rachel is a San Jacinto College graduate in interior design, and has worked in residential design for architecture and interior design firms. She is a full-time mom, and she is splitting her time between driving to gymnastics lessons and volunteering at her daughter’s school. Randy is a University of Houston graduate in mechanical engineering. He has worked in aerospace and the oil and gas industry holding positions in design engineering and project management. The two families have always enjoyed traveling and hanging out together.