Upper Kirby business Honey Art Cafe brings together passion, joy for art

Lulu Fang (left) and Amy Lin opened Honey Art Cafe in December 2016. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lulu Fang (left) and Amy Lin opened Honey Art Cafe in December 2016. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lulu Fang (left) and Amy Lin opened Honey Art Cafe in December 2016. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Macarons are one of the many specialty food items that the cafe offers. (Courtesy Honey Art Cafe)
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Making terrariums is one of the many DIY projects the cafe offers. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)
For Lulu Fang, passion is what guides her life. Her passion for art and bringing it into other people’s lives is what inspired her to open Honey Art Cafe, a specialty cafe that also serves as a place for art classes.

Fang, along with her business partner Amy Lin, opened the store in December 2016 after attending school together at Rice University. The goal was to make a space where people could rediscover the fun of art, Fang said.

“We actually started off doing art classes, and we wanted to expand our business to be more inclusive to everybody because I think that the barrier to entry seems really high for a lot of people to create art, and we wanted to just make a space that made art seem more accessible to people,” Fang said.

Having not had any experience in owning a business, Fang said she quickly found out not having that background was not a setback, but rather helped her focus on the things that she did have previous knowledge in. She received a double degree in visual arts and architecture, which helped with the construction of the business.

“It definitely is a steep learning curve, but it’s not a business learning curve,” Fang said.


The cafe offers not only drawing and watercolor art classes led by Fang and Lin, but also more hands-on projects, such as making earrings or decorating a mini terrarium. For people who want food and drinks after making their artwork, the cafe also serves a variety of hot and iced beverages and food, including matcha lattes, smoothie bowls, milk tea and macarons.

Ultimately, Fang said she wants the space to function as a place for people to find joy in art again—something she feels is lacking in adults.

Fang said she hopes to expand the business in the future, but for now, she is focusing on featuring more local artists to help them showcase their work to the community.

“​​There’s nothing quite like discovering a new favorite artist that you’re just like, ‘Wow, this is incredible,’” she said. “You never know when you’re going to stumble upon that next great art piece.”
All of the murals in the shop were painted by Fang and Lin. (Sierra Rozen/Community Impact Newspaper)



Honey Art Cafe

3516 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston

832-582-0672

www.honeyartcafe.com

Hours: Tue.-Fri. 3-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-7 p.m., reservations only Mon.
By Sierra Rozen

Metro Reporter, South Houston

Sierra joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in September of 2021 after graduating with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Sierra covers all things in the South Houston area but in particular covers Friendswood ISD, Friendswood City Council and Harris County METRO. Prior to CI, Sierra served as the viewpoints and life and arts editor for Hilltop Views, as well as interning for Austin Woman Magazine.



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