New business Q&A - Noah's Ark Animal Workshop

June 15, 2008

Name of business: Noah's Ark Animal Workshop

Owner: Donna Barnes

Address: 13159 Edgemont Road, Smithsburg

Opening date: Jan. 15

Products and services: "Noah's Ark Animal Workshop is a traveling 'stuff-n-fluff' animal workshop where children stuff, name and love the animal of their choice and personalize their new friend with outfits, accessories and sound chips. We can 'set up shop' at birthday parties, day-care centers, Scouting troops, summer camps, boys and girls clubs, school events and fundraisers."

Market area: Tri-State area, including Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, Franklin County, Pa., and parts of Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.


How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "As a children's entertainer and a mom of two, I recognized the need for quality, fun and affordable entertainment for home birthday parties and other children's events. It was an easy decision to expand my entertainment business, The Children's Party Wagon, to include Noah's Ark Animal Workshop as an innovative way to entertain children."

Previous business experience: "I have been a children's entertainer and owner of a children's entertainment business for nine years, as well as a home day-care operator for three years."

Number of employees: Three

Hours: Available seven days a week

Phone number: 301-824-2044

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