Q&A: Heather Callahan


Heather Callahan. Courtesy Brush Studio

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Heather Callahan is the owner of Brush Studio, an instructional art studio that uses art as entertainment.

Callahan has a background in education and customer service.

Brush Studio in East Grand Rapids has been open for 3.5 years and is looking to open its second studio in downtown Grand Rapids next month.

Biggest career break?

Still waiting for this! But it has been amazing being in a situation where we can open a second studio.

Proudest moment?

When my daughter took her first steps after months and months of physical therapy.

Best advice you’ve ever received?

“Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” -Romans 12: 3. Gotta love the wisdom nuggets in the Book of Romans!

How did you make your first dollar?

My first job was at Jacobson’s in Gaslight Village. I was a seasonal gift wrapper!

Most-treasured possession?

My Bible

Dream job?

Being an investor on “Shark Tank”

If I were president for a day, I would . . . ?

Ask a ton of questions and make a law that equals out rights for both paternity and maternity leave to be longer and paid. Women spend too much time pumping in bathroom stalls.

Last book you’ve read?

I’m currently reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. The book is about the power of vulnerability. I am loving it so far.

Last thing you Googled?

“Affect or effect” — don’t pretend that doesn’t get you every time too.

Your worst habit?

Eating out for meals too much! And being sassy.

To unwind, I like to . . . ?

Color with my kiddos and listen to country music

Dream vacation?

Touring the Greek Islands

Favorite food?

Tacos. Duh.

Person you most admire?

Someone from my everyday life: my husband Luke. Cheesy, I know, but he has to put up with me and my antics. That takes super-human patience, and he does it with consistency and a smile on his face.

Someone “famous”: Charles Mulli. Google him and be prepared to have your heart changed.  

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