We had the good fortune of connecting with Kayla Opperman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kayla, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I wanted to do something that would benefit my community, my family, and my personal growth. I wanted to have the flexibility of a business owner, along with the limitless opportunities that come with being your own boss. I liked the idea of buying a franchise that had already shown demand and success. I wanted to spend more time working from home to be with my daughter, who was a year old at the time, while still holding onto my S.T.E.A.M. background in engineering.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Snapology teaches S.T.E.A.M. concepts to children through interactive, hands-on play. We make learning fun, while offering 80+ different programs: from robotics for preschoolers to drones for middle schoolers. We have summer camps running as north as Westminster, south as Castle Rock, east as Denver Highlands and Lone Tree, and west as Evergreen this year. We also run birthday parties, after-school classes, scouting events, etc. While LEGO bricks are a common learning tool, we don’t really have competitors, because our programs are so different. I actually collaborate with a lot of businesses that many people think would be competitors, and I think that’s so interesting! I believe children should attend our programs and theirs. It’s about being well-rounded, and there’s never too much enrichment for our children!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would definitely brunch at least one morning (or let’s be honest: all mornings). I would try to take them to a different part of the city each time: Rino, Lodo, Highlands, Larimer Square, etc. Perhaps it would be Los Chingones, Snooze, Linger, and Corridor 40. We just checked out the new Golden Mill, which was awesome! We’d also hike around Red Rocks and then hit up the Red Rocks Beer Garden. If it’s summer, we’d go to a show, and we’d also go to a Rockies game. I am all about a fire pit and drinks, so that would for sure be one of (or all of) the nights!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As cheesy as it sounds, huge shoutout to my family and the community in general! My family has been incredibly supportive and patient with me during this crazy last year! My husband and I both work a lot and at home with our toddler and baby, so it’s definitely asking a lot to build a business right now. They allowed me to take my business a few steps forward and take advantage of the slow times to get myself ahead. I worked with the community (libraries, recreation centers, other enrichment providers, schools, etc) to run in-person enrichment programs for children. This was much more work than usual for all of us involved, with all safety measures in place, and the classes were extremely small. No one really made money doing that, but we all had a chance to connect with the community and get kids ahead during a time so many are falling behind in S.T.E.A.M. education. I’m so thankful for my family and community partners!
Headshot: Kapture the Moment Photography