About us

Our Story

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end." ~Semisonic

PGD was born out of necessity. Heather was 8.5 months pregnant when the MLM Company she worked for suddenly closed it's doors. With nowhere else to turn to, she went back to her roots of art and teaching and combined it with the party plan business model she had lived in for the past 5 years. The company was born out of her garage, with the help of her husband, Matt. After a year of countless mobile parties, the time had come to take a leap of faith and open a studio! With two young children, it wasn't long before she realized it was time to build a team of amazing instructors to help guide the vision. The studio opened in March 2016, and the team has grown! We still keep our mobile parties as an option as it is part of our roots, however; we are able to offer many more projects in the studio!

Creativity takes courage. Although I can't teach creativity, I can create a safe and encouraging atmosphere that allows people to explore and create without a fear of failure. It's been amazing to watch over 3,000 people come through the studio and walk out feeling accomplished enough to hang their work on their walls or give it as a gift. This is more than a job. This is a passion .

MEET THE MAKERS

JENNIE JENKINS

OPERATIONS & MARKETING MANAGER

Jennie has been with PGM since June of 2016! She is our lead mobile party instructor and teaches many weekend classes in the studio! Jennie has an extensive background in design and the arts and has a keen eye for color and artistic elements! She also helps with many of our designs with her amazing skills as a graphic designer! She has a wonderful husband, Tim, and an absolutely adorable Shih-Poo, Sophie!  . 

EMILY BARNES

INSTRUCTOR/TRAINER/GIVEBACK COORDINATOR

Emily Barnes has been with PGM since November of 2016. As a former teacher and assistant principal, Emily loves instructing classes at PGD. Emily enjoys helping others and meeting new people.She loves spending time with her husband, Justin, and their son, Parker. Emily's classes are fun and full of energy as she never seems to rest! Emily is extremely organized and knows the steps of PGD like a second language! She can make it easy for anyone!  

GLORIA SZUBELAK

INSTRUCTOR/ LEAD ACCESSORIZER

Gloria has been with PGM since June of 2017. She has what seems like boundless energy and is full of sweetness! She is extremely creative and can make a MEAN bow to add spunk and flair to any project! Gloria is an amazing instructor full of patience, which she gets from her years of teaching elementary school. She excels as an instructor at PGD and loves to meet new people. As a newlywed, she loves spending time with her new husband, Rocky!

MALLORY YOUNG

IASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Mallory has been with PGM since September 2017. She is awesome at working quickly and making sure the shop stays stocked and ready and has been a great addition to the team! She's always ready to help and step in when needed! When she's not at PGD you can find Mallory working at Salty Pelican, attending a Jags game or spending time with her boyfriend, Brandon, (who is an amazing realtor with Keller Williams--He even sold Heather's house in 3 days!)

MAGGIE HAFERTEPE

INSTRUCTOR

Maggie has been with PGM since early 2018.  A former pageant queen and Science Teacher, she comes to us well rounded and full of personality!  Maggie is always willing to help a customer and consistently has a smile on her face.  She has a beautiful daughter and a talented husband who is starting his own business with custom cutting boards, coasters and more! 

CAREY SCOTT

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Carey joined the PGM team in the summer of 2018.  As a 3rd grade teacher, she excels at multitasking, helping kids in the workshop and organization.  Carey is best known for her CAN DO attitude and always is a ray of sunshine walking through the door!  She is always willing to help and goes above and beyond at every chance!  In her free time she can be found spending time with her beautiful daughters or soaking up som sun on the beach!  

NICOLA "NIKKI" TESTERMAN

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

Nikki joined the team in the fall of 2018!  With a background in art and event planning she integrated into the team seamlessly!  She is amazingly helpful and comes in with a can-do attitude every day!  You may notice a bit of an accent when Nikki instructs, as she is originally from "across the pond"!  We love hearing the differences word meanings during our staff paint nights!  When Nikki is not at PGM she can be found spending time with her two beautiful daughters and firefighter husband!  

NOW HIRING!

Assistant Instructor

THIS COULD BE YOU! We are always looking for new and talented instructors who LOVE to be in front of people and have a passion to help others! Multi-tasking and a willingness to WORK HARD is a must!

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