To our mini makers, the artists, creative spirits and innovators, those with paint-stained hands and glitter in their hair who made Small Fry the most special place in Rochester (in my very biased opinion). I am full of equal parts sadness and gratitude as I put words to my feelings and my reality as a small business owner during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The past few months have taken an incredible toll on all of us, and it is with great sadness that I am announcing that Small Fry Art Studio will be closed, effective May 31, 2020.
Opening the studio in 2015 was the beginning of one of the absolute greatest journeys of my life (second only to being a mom). It was an incredible honor to bring this vision I had one crazy, sleep-deprived night to reality and to share it with a community that I love so much. The lessons and gifts that I will take with me are many, but the greatest one of all has been the gift of the friendships that I’ve watched so many of you form with each other and those that I’ve created with many of you—people I never would have met had it not been for Small Fry.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for embracing Small Fry with open arms, for giving my dream the wings that allowed it to fly, for watching your little ones let their creativity soar, and just for being really, really freaking amazing (it’s a catch-all, but it’s absolutely true). To say that I’m grateful is the biggest understatement of my life.
I know that this has happened very quickly, but please understand that this decision was not made lightly or without a great deal of heartache. I know that you may have questions, and I respectfully ask that you email me directly for anything specific (courtney <at> smallfryart <dot> studio).
It is my greatest hope that we all emerge on the other side of this crisis with kindness, empathy, compassion, and a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to caring for one another and for the world. And in that place in the future, if there is space for Small Fry to fly again, please know that we will be waiting for the chance to spread our wings once more.