Name of Business:
Address: 124 Boston Tpke.
Owner: Laurel Knox
Years in business: ClayTime will have been in business for 13 years this November. It was located on Pleasant Street in Worcester for four years before moving to Shrewsbury.
When was the business started: November 1999.
Business Mentor: Knox said she does not have a business mentor.
Family: Knox's mother, brother and sister live in New Hampshire.
Like best about owning/running this business: "I like that it's different," Knox said, adding that there is always something going on and that the studio keeps busy. "I enjoy people, I enjoy kids ... It really is all about helping people make memories."
Like least: "It's a business. It's 24/7. Even though it's fun, it's a job," she said, adding that when something does go wrong she tends to take it personally. "Sometimes you just don't have control over things."
Where you see yourself five years from now: Knox said she plans on expanding the studio, not by expanding the building or adding multiple locations but through out-programs such as traveling to schools, functions and fundraisers.
Hobbies: Knox enjoys her pets, gardening, tennis, volleyball and spending time with family.
Advice for someone new to the business: "It's a real hands-on business," she said. "It's a huge committment of time."
Before opening ClayTime in 1999, Laurel Knox owned a hair salon in Auburn for 16 years.
There are lots of projects to choose from at ClayTime and Knox said she feels the business is "open" and "fun." Summer programs are also offered.
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About this column: Meet the Owner is a business feature highlighting local business owners.