We initially started Coy's Camps And Classes in October of 2019. We were located in a very small location that was suitable for small classes, camps, and chess tournaments. We started off with some small camps (chess, habitats, and art) for kids and some small chess tournaments. Unfortunately just as we were starting to get a small customer base, COVID hit and everything shut down. We did a couple activities online to stay active in the community. At the time, I (Molly Coy: owner) was still teaching at an elementary school full time.
Fast forward to the summer of 2021. Places were starting to open up and we decided to try to grow the business. We found a location in the Tucson Mall and set up shop. It took some time, but we went from a couple chess classes twice a week to several over 4 days a week. We started getting more players for our tournaments, and students for our camps. Our retail area grew as well. The mall required us to be open and staffed all hours so I ended up quitting my teaching job to focus on the business. Personally, it was a financial hit but we felt we were growing and we were offering something good for the community.
Since our start, we have added other classes such as Young Entrepreneurs, Rubik's Cube solving, and some coding classes. I taught the Young Entrepreneurs Class and realized how much I miss teaching, so we are excited to introduce our upcoming microschool: Prodigypreneurs Academy. We will start with a focus on 2nd through 5th grade with the goal to expand. Classes will start on January 10, 2024.