Best of Our Valley 2019 Spotlight: Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, ‘Best Birthday Party Spot’

For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.

Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2019, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

The Best of spotlight is on Rachel’s Young at Art Studio, who claimed Best Birthday Party Spot for Kids. Congrats, Rachel!

Photo: Rachel’s Young at Art Studio

AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about Rachels Young At Art Studio

Rachel Ober (RO), owner: Rachel’s Young At Art Studio is an art studio for children ages 18 months to 8 years old in Scottsdale. It’s a happy, safe place designed to encourage each child’s social and emotional growth and development through art. The studio offers camps, classes, and birthday parties to provide children with enriching and empowering experiences…all while having fun!

AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?

RO: It means the world to us to be a Best of Our Valley winner because it was voted on by the families who come to our parties. We want to make our parties as easy and stress-free for the parents as we can, so that they can just enjoy their time with their little ones. Celebrating your children should be fun, not a hassle. By winning BOOV, we feel validated that we’re doing something right!

AFM: What’s your favorite part about being the Best of Our Valley’s Best Birthday Party Spot?

RO: You know that saying about work not feeling like a job if you enjoy doing it? Well, that’s how we feel about our parties! The families who choose to have their parties at our studio are letting us have a presence in their special moments. We feel lucky to get to help them create new, lifelong memories together. We can’t believe that’s actually part of the job description!

AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?

RO: Our party calendar for the next few months is filling up fast! It’s so fun to meet all of these new kiddos!

AFM: How do you put your “best” foot forward every day?
RO: Every day we get to help children express themselves and make connections to the world around them through art. We help enable the creative process so that children of all ages may feel empowered and gain a strong sense of confidence, accomplishment, and overall identity that they can carry with them outside the studio and throughout life. We get to go home feeling so fulfilled everyday. How awesome is that?!

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