Sanisha Prema

The Creatory

What does your company do?

The Creatory, located in Linden, Johannesburg, is a dynamic creative studio designed to be a haven for creativity and relaxation. Our mission is to make creativity accessible to everyone, providing a space where individuals can unwind, explore their creative side, and connect with a like-minded community. We offer a range of services: A Welcoming Studio: Our walk-in studio invites everyone to paint ceramics & canvases. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a curious beginner, you'll find everything you need to unleash your creativity. Plus, our retail section offers DIY kits and art supplies to keep the creative juices flowing at home. Diverse Workshops: From painting and pottery to cookie decorating and jewellery making, our themed workshops cater to all interests and skill levels. These sessions are perfect for exploring new hobbies, celebrating special occasions, or simply taking a break from the daily grind. Event Hosting: We turn special moments into unforgettable experiences with our event hosting services. Be it birthday parties, bridal showers, or corporate team-building events, we bring creativity and fun to every occasion, both in-studio and off-site. Brand Collaborations: Working with prestigious brands like Don Julio Tequila, Ouma Rusk and Land Rover to name a few, we create unique, immersive experiences that leave a lasting impression. Innovative Coaching: Soon, we'll be launching an exciting coaching program that combines creative expression with personal development, helping individuals discover their purpose & align with their highest selves. By making creativity a joyful and essential part of everyday life, The Creatory inspires individuals, reduces stress, and builds confidence. We’re more than just a studio; we’re a movement that fosters a supportive and vibrant community where creativity is accessible to all.

What is your biggest success?

Our biggest success has been the rapid growth and expansion of The Creatory. Within the first year, we moved to a space six times the size of our original location, and in November 2023, we doubled that space again. This remarkable growth allowed us to introduce new products and services, significantly increasing our client base and doubling our sales. Additionally, transitioning from a full-time corporate job to fully dedicating myself to the business was a pivotal moment. This decision enabled me to focus entirely on driving growth, forging key partnerships, and enhancing our offerings, leading to significant milestones and a thriving creative community.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

The biggest hurdle has been navigating the rapid growth of The Creatory while transitioning from a full-time corporate job to fully dedicating myself to the business. Balancing these roles meant long hours and juggling multiple responsibilities. Another challenge was finding and hiring the right talent to grow our team, ensuring we had passionate and skilled individuals to deliver our creative offerings. Despite these obstacles, embracing the adventure, taking strategic risks, and building a dedicated team have been crucial in overcoming challenges and achieving our dreams.