Images: Instagram @HoneyArtCafe

For friends-turned-business-partners Lulu Fang ’11 and Amy Lin ’11, opening an art café last December was a goal they had dreamt about for years. After graduating with degrees in visual arts, architecture and biochemistry, the duo first founded Houston Art Lessons, where they taught art and sold their work under the name Lulu Lin. They saved up — Lin running the business and Fang working as an architect — until they were ready to open Honey Art Café. To launch their unique business, Fang and Lin contributed a lot of sweat equity: “We did nearly everything ourselves — designed the space, made the chandeliers and painted the floor-to-ceiling murals.” Visitors to their colorful storefront can view, buy and learn about art. The café features coffee, tea, homemade desserts or smoothies and a gallery wall showcases their paintings. They also host events — from terrarium craft nights to weekly artist meet-ups. “You get a one-of-a-kind experience here,” Lin said. “We call it controlled chaos.”  Art and food fans can also keep up with the café on Instagram for posts of their colorful bakery masterpieces in front of vibrant mural backdrops, creating both a mouthwatering and aesthetically pleasing feed.