It all started with “oh how I wish…” in 2016, at 2am, while in bed still on my laptop, trying to catch up on work because my then one year old demanded a lot of my attention during the day. Even though I was so blessed to have the flexibility of working from home that allowed me to keep my son home, there were days when I needed the change of scenery from the usual four-wall space, and sip hot coffee I didn’t microwave for the 100th time. I also wanted my son to have interactions with other children without the fear or being trampled by bigger kids in an overly crowded play space.
It was that night when my dream of an indoor play + creative space for work-from-home or stay-at-home parents began. It took three long years to craft, on and off, before I was able to solidify and move forward with my big dream.
On March 2020, I finally signed my lease for an awesome commercial property. You know what happened three weeks later... aka Pandemic. So there I was, bawling my eyes out. Plans to open in July was postponed almost indefinitely. By August, I picked myself back up, dusted my shoulder off and told myself, even if I failed, I can't say I didn't try.
Pikopye's Town finally opened our doors on November 1st. And through word of mouth, amazing families and their great reviews, we have been able to keep our doors open and serve our community longer. We are not going anywhere just yet and we will keep hanging in there, whatever it takes!
so what is pikopye?
More like who is Pikopye? Our son, who is now 5 years old, made up a word when he was 10 months old. It was one of his first words. For years, we didn’t understand why he kept saying Pikopye and by the time he was two, he was able to communicate and quickly realized that Pikopye is his imaginary friend. So when we were thinking about what to name our play town, there wasn’t anything better than Pikopye’s Town.