DIY Workshop to Open in Evans

April 12, 2018|

A popular DIY workshop whose fans have flocked to franchise locations around the country will soon open in Columbia County.

AR Workshop, a network of boutique DIYworkshops founded by designers Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, began to gain popularity when the designers started offering hands-on workshops for people who wanted to create and complete passion projects for themselves.

This summer, Augustans will be able to get in on the DIY fun when the mother-daughter duo of Anita Barr and Brandi Collins opens a 1,800-square-foot AR Workshop at The Market at Riverwood in Evans, which will be one of around 80 locations nationwide.

All that locals will have to bring to the project is themselves; all the necessary materials–including wood, non-toxic stains and more than 50 colors of paint–are stored in-house.

The workshop will be located at 3116 William Few Pkwy, Suite 2. Classes will be planned in 3-hour time slots and will seat up to 36 people.

“We instruct you from the beginning, you just work at your own pace,” Collins said.

The workshop is designed for creators who want to see a project through from start to finish rather than have a product made for them, although the workshop will also include a retail section with gifts and home decor items.

But at the workshop, customers sand down the wood themselves and customize it however they want. Workshops will primarily take place at night, and Collins plans to host workshops for kids and corporate events. She also calls AR Workshop “the perfect date night.”

The space will also be available for private parties to rent for a maximum of 36 people.

Collins doesn’t have a grand opening date nailed down but says the workshop will open in the summer. She moved to Augusta in February and hit the ground running with the new business.

“It’s basically a big AR Workshop family,” she said. “Everyone is awesome who I’ve met so far. It was started by women, run by women still and most of the location owners are women. It’s a very supportive, strong environment. Its empowering, honestly.”

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