AR Workshop Franklin opened in August 2017, and co-owners Brandon Nunnally and Melissa Bowen have created a place where people want to come back to again and again. No matter your skill level, you can make a beautiful and unique handmade item to keep for yourself or to give as a gift. The workshop also has a retail section up front, and everything in the store is for sale.
“Once people come in and try it one time, they will come back. A large majority of our customers are repeat customers because it’s so foolproof. There’s not much that can go wrong,” said Brandon.
Since people register in advance, everything is prepped, set out and ready to assemble upon arrival. All the instructors have an interest in arts and crafts, and many have a background in interior or graphic design, so they have an eye for décor.
AR Workshop can hold up to 35 people, so it’s perfect for baby showers, a girls’ night out, bachelorette parties and more. You can also bring in food and beverages to be enjoyed with your party.
Most of the clientele are women, but when corporations in the area schedule a team building project, the male employees are often surprised at how much they enjoy it. AR Workshop also hosts youth birthday parties and camps for children 7 and older, as well as fundraisers for schools and non-profit organizations.
Some of the projects offered include centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, photo frames, lazy Susans, jewelry stamping and chunky knit blankets. Smaller items may take 1 ½ to 2 hours, while larger ones could take 2 ½ to 3 hours, depending on how detailed they are. And AR Workshop is always coming up with new and interesting projects so people can come in to make something different every time.
Unlike some other do-it-yourself studios, AR Workshop customers get to pick their own colors and stencils, so not everyone is making the same exact thing. Here, people get to express their individual creativity.
Classes are for everyone, regardless of skill level, so participants don’t have to worry about their levels of experience in DIY projects. The instructions are clear and the materials and stencils are easy to work with.
“People start out really apprehensive, but once you step into the store one time you’re hooked,” said Brandon. “It’s all about fun.”
To learn more and to book a class, go to https://www.arworkshop.com/franklin/.