Come if you’re Young at Art

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If Mahssa Hashemi ever wants to try something new at work, she has someone willing to help test it: her 2-year-old daughter. In fact, Laila is a key reason why Hashemi switched from being a waitress to opening Young at Art last month at 3924 River Road North, the former Mother Goose Resale location. “She does really well in here,” Hashemi said of her daughter. “I bring her in to try out ideas. When people call and ask about activities for their 2-year-old, I can say what my daughter likes.” Young at Art – the name was picked over two others in an online contest – opened in mid-January with a simple premise: give youth a place to be creative with their art, without making a mess in the house. To help with that, Hashemi and fiancé Jeremy Pfeil had an immediate task once they signed the lease to their building on Jan. 1. “As soon as we signed the lease, we started pulling up the carpet,” Hashemi said, breaking into a grin. “It wouldn’t be a good mix with all of the painting.” Ah yes, the painting. There are different art stations set up, with the most visible ones in front with the easels as well as the dresser and car body young artists can paint. “I looked at several spots,” Hashemi...

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