Meet founder and owner Sheryl Tecson of Play Haven SF.Meet founder and owner Sheryl Tecson of Play Haven SF. As a preschool teacher for 12 years and mom of two, she knows what kids want and what parents need. Learn how this family run business has become one of the most sought after open play spots in the San Francisco. Sheryl shares information about coordinating activities with outside vendors, tips on keeping the space clean and germ-free, growing the birthday party business and more!
Please give us a 2 sentence summary to describe Play Haven.
Play Haven was created by a preschool teacher of 12 years. We offer activities that promote early childhood learning, social and emotional development, and fine motor skills. Here you will find everything from art and sensory activities, to imaginative games and dramatic play areas, and a rock climbing wall to encourage creativity and hands-on learning.
How did you come up with the idea?
How do you attract new customers during your slow season?
How do you make new families feel like the facility is clean and germ free during flu season?
As a family-run business, we take a lot of pride in our space. Throughout the day, we are always in the space cleaning and wiping down toys and furniture. We have containers in the space for mouthed toys to be placed in. At the end of everyday, we clean our toys with water and soap. During the winter/flu season, we also wipe down our entire space every other day with anti-bacterial sanitizer.
How do you keep older kids coming back once they’ve aged out of the most traditional activities you offer?
How do you coordinate with other vendors that come in to do programming?
How do you grow your birthday party business?
What is most challenging about running a biz w/ your family? What is the best part about it?