All Fired Up has been dishing it out to Richmond since 1996!
Owner Amy Talley has a long history with the shop. Her’s was one of the first birthday parties that All Fired Up hosted. While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, she and her future husband would frequent All Fired Up as a favorite date night spot. After graduating with a degree in Art Education, Amy taught for Chesterfield County Public Schools at Spring Run Elementary. She loved her time working with students between kindergarten and fifth grade. “I have the perfect job!” you would find her saying quite regularly. She never planned for such a big change!
However, when she visited All Fired Up for a girls night out in 2008, a friend pointed out a small sign announcing the sale of the shop. Amy started praying about the opportunity to continue the warm, friendly environment of the shop that held so many special memories for her personally. As she began to talk about the possibility with her husband, family, friends, and coworkers, she felt God calling her to step out in faith and purchase the shop. After only a few short months after seeing the sale sign, Amy and her husband jumped right in!
Now when you come to visit the shop, you are most likely to run into Amy who works at the shop full time. Her husband Mike might be spotted there on weekends, but most of the time he is balancing the general ledger. With her experience in Art, Amy offers a wealth of knowledge about clay, ceramics, and other art areas. In January, 2010, Amy opened a second location in Midlothian. Then, in February 2012, the Short Pump location opened in West Broad Village. We can’t wait to have you come in to build your own special memories at All Fired Up!
When co-founders Meg Hargrave and Cindy Wofford met, they were simply caring Fan moms who walked together to take their young daughters to Fox elementary school. Meg, a degreed art major, declared one morning, “One day I’m going to have my own shop, but I don’t know what it will be.” Not long after, Cindy was in Seattle and saw a paint-your-own ceramics studio concept for the first time. She immediately thought of Meg, who loved the idea.
There were only a few such studio stores on the east coast–none in Richmond. All Fired Up was born in Carytown. “We thought we’d be at it for three to four years and then move on,” Cindy says. Who knew all this would happen when Cindy and Meg met? For what they’ve contributed to Richmond, we can all be thankful they were open to the adventure!