A Charotte-based company that offers classes and workshops on everything from arts and crafts to business and marketing is expanding to Raleigh.
Haley Bohon launched SkillPop a year ago to bring together people who want to learn more about particular hobbies and interests that “apply in both business and life.”
The company is offering four classes in Raleigh in August: Handlettering Basics, Photography Basics, Branding Your Business and Brush Calligraphy Basics.
“We’ve tested things out in Charlotte and there’s a lot of overlap between the two cities, but Raleigh has a little bit more of a design community,” Bohon said. “As a community-based company, we’re excited to highlight local venues and local talent.”
Classes will be held at local co-working spaces, including The Nest, and meeting spaces such as The Glass Box downtown.
Most classes last one to two hours and cost between $20 and $40. Class sizes range from 15 to 25 people.
The handlettering and photography classes are already sold out. Handlettering Basics, the company’s most popular class, typically sells out within 20 to 30 minutes after registration opens, Bohon said.
Other class topics include investment, writing, managing finances for a small business, watercolor, interior design and Adobe Illustrator.
“Raleigh has one of the largest photography markets in the country,” said A.J. Dunlap, a wedding photographer who will teach Photography Basics.
During her class on Aug. 22, students will learn how to use their cameras in manual settings, experiment with lighting and shoot photos in downtown Raleigh for hands-on practice.
Rachel Barnes, director of marketing at Chick-fil-A’s Capital Crossing location in Raleigh, decided to take a SkillPop workshop on Instagram basics in Charlotte in July.
“Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and the teachers were really knowledgeable,” Barnes said. “I had a very positive experience.”
Barnes said the skills she learned in the class have helped her at work and in her personal life. She often uses Instagram to promote a lifestyle blog she runs with a friend.
Bohon, 26, graduated from N.C. State University in 2012 with an engineering degree. After college, she worked for Newell Rubbermaid, a Fortune 500 company, and then Passport, a parking and transit software company. She went on to work for Apparo, a nonprofit that helps other nonprofit groups navigate technology.
Bohon said she noticed the rising popularity of online learning courses in Charlotte, but she has always preferred to learn in face-to-face settings.
Last September, SkillPop offered its first class – handlettering – in Charlotte. Bohon said she doesn’t have plans to expand beyond Raleigh.
“For now we’re just focusing on Raleigh and the community here,” she said.
Christy Britt, a Durham resident who is teaching Handlettering Basics on Aug. 18, said the classes are successful because they are “accessible and for the everyday enthusiast.”
“Not only that, but for only roughly $30, you learn a new skill from a professional and interact with new people in your own community. I mean, how awesome is that?”
Madison Iszler: 919-846-4952; @madisoniszler
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For more information and class offerings, go to www.skillpop.com/classes/raleigh.