Once it launches this summer, Social Tykes will be Detroit’s first co-working play space for mothers and families.
The 1,700-square-foot space will offer open play time for a daily or monthly fee for children ages 0-6. It also has co-working-style seating for parents, movement classes for parents and kids and a two- to five-hour drop-in care program.
Social Tykes aims to create community amongst parents, offering conversations, training and resources to help dismantle the loneliness of parenting navigation.
We caught up with Social Tykes founder, Raven Fisher to find out more
What inspired you to start the business?
My boys for sure. Really, kids in general. Seeing them happy, building relationships, meeting new friends, growing together. It warms my heart! I lost my mom young, and thanks to her she helped me build relationships with some of the friends I still have to this day! I’m hoping that Social Tykes is this space where others can connect, and potentially make life long friends!
What type of training and resources do you plan on offering?
We will have sessions in first aid, CPR, birthing classes, Postpartum care (for mommy and baby), postpartum depression / mental health, etc.
Where do you see the business in 5 years?
Potentially opening up a full-on daycare, in addition to the play space. The response to the drop in care has been amazing, and I want to be able to give our customers what they need/want. After a couple of years in business, I’m hoping to learn more about becoming a franchise, and expanding to other cities!
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don’t give up on what you’re called to do! I had a time where I was 8 months pregnant, seconds away from throwing the towel in due to hearing “no”, or “you can’t” too many times. God will not put you through anything you cannot handle, and it’s always worth following his plan.
The brand plans to host a community open house and release the official open date June 2020.
-Tony O. Lawson