There’s a silly proverb: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” It’s silly because we all know that some of the best teachers can do and can teach. Skill and the ability to lead by example are immensely valuable especially when you’re teaching a craft or trade or a sport.

Teaching is a good product. And when executed properly it puts students on a lifetime path of learning and enjoying.

Melissa Hill - her Lake Charles crafting cafe Niche Creative is bouncing back

Melissa Hill – her Lake Charles crafting cafe Niche Creative is bouncing back

Melissa Hill created a space for folks to do just that . Niche Creative Studio in Lake Charles is part craft shop but all creative studio. A third-generation sewer, Melissa grew up crafting and carved out a side-hustle making memory quilts while she worked in nonprofits. She launched Niche in 2014 as a center for what she calls “missional creativity” — helping people find their own creative passions.

Savannah Vinsant Thompson - Hangtime TNT is bouncing in Scott and Broussard

Savannah Vinsant Thompson – Hangtime TNT is bouncing in Scott and Broussard

Savannah Vinsant Thompson accomplished her childhood mission pretty early. At 19, she was the first American to qualify for the Olympic trampoline finals and  joined Team USA for the 2012 Olympic games in London. Since then, she’s made a living training the next generation of Olympians at her gym Hangtime TNT. She offers tumbling, cheer and gymnastics courses at two locations, one in Scott and one in Broussard. Somehow she squeezed in winning a national championship in 2018 before stepping back from Olympic competition to focus on her work.

Christiaan Mader, Melissa Hill, Savannah Vinsant Thompson

Christiaan Mader, Melissa Hill, Savannah Vinsant Thompson

Photos by Jill Lafleur. There’s more lunchtime conversation about Lake Charles businesses here and about creative outlets for kids here.

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