Discover AR Workshop®
The Brand. The Vision. The Opportunity

What is AR Workshop?

AR Workshop is a boutique DIY studio that offers hands on classes and retail in an inspiring atmosphere. A wide range of workshop offerings paired with national brand partnerships makes AR Workshop truly unique – catering to guests of all ages and decor styles.

We are an empowerment franchise, not just another DIY studio. Our top notch designer projects are consistently setting trends. Multiple streams of revenue make this opportunity more interesting. We only offer non-toxic stain so that our environment is safe and comfortable for participants of all ages. We are always looking for passionate and motivated business partners to join us in making an impact, one happy DIY’er at a time.

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Our Story

AR Workshop® was founded in 2016 by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. The two designers spent 6 years raising their children and building their online business, Anders Ruff, which is a popular source for graphic design and a DIY party blog. Their ultimate vision was to create an inspiring and charming boutique workshop that not only offers DIY classes but sells unique and beautiful retail items that the duo use in their photoshoots for magazines and celebrities! Taking a leap of faith and pouring their hearts into this concept, the flagship location opened in Pineville in June, 2016! In just a few short years, AR Workshop has grown exponentially to over 150 locations in 32 states, offering the franchise opportunity to others who share their passion and excitement for DIY and home decor.

Why Franchise?

Have you ever wanted to own your own business and be your own boss? Opening a new business is a lot of work. Buying a franchise is truly the simplest way to start your own business! You remove a lot of the planning and guesswork that goes into starting your own business. Our network of franchise partners along with the leadership team will share all of our knowledge to help our partners grow. With our experience, we know what it takes to open and run an awesome DIY Boutique Workshop!

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Benefits of owning an AR Workshop

  • We will guide you through the buildout and opening process
  • We already have a well-established brand
  • We will continuously support your business – you’re joining a family of ARW owners
  • We have one of the most versatile streams of revenue offering a wide variety of classes and product lines
  • We are one of the fastest growing DIY franchises in the country
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Interested in hearing more? Let’s talk!

Franchise Opportunities Available

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Interested in being your own boss and owning your own DIY Boutique workshop business?

We are currently accepting applications for franchise partners in select communities around the country. We look forward to talking with you and exploring if we would be a good fit for each other!

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Meet some of our AR Workshop owners!

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Meet Katie Nguyen Wells, owner of AR Workshop Alexandria!

Leveraging her corporate consulting career, experience running her own event styling business, and love for DIY, Katie brings a great blend of business sense, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to her role.

When she’s not ‘working’, Katie is always on a ‘treasure hunt for unique home decor and loves scouring flea markets and yard sales seeking inspiration for her next home project.  She is often spotted exploring Virginia’s countryside with her husband John and their kids Cole (11) and Lila (9).  Family jaunts, prosecco, picnicking at local wineries and breweries, casual entertaining at home, and al-fresco dining in and around Old Town Alexandria are some of Katie’s favorite things.

Meet Rich and Jamie Wyatt, co-owners of AR Workshop North Augusta!

This is a joint partnership between Rich and Jamie Wyatt and Anita Barr, who owns AR Workshop Evans. Jamie is the face of the location, operating the day-to-day with Rich helping out every step of the way. The two California transports ended up in Georgia because of service in the military (Rich was stationed at Fort Gordon). Rich retired this summer (July 2019) and that makes this a woman and veteran owned business (Anita also served in the Navy).

Jamie has always been crafty! Her organization, keen eye for interior design and party planning have kept her in high demand wherever her family was stationed with the Navy. She worked at AR Workshop Evans for a year and knew that it was something that both Rich and her would excel at. When the opportunity to go into business came up, the Wyatt’s jumped on the idea.

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Meet Cristina and Milton McKinnon of AR Workshop Torrance 

Cristina McKinnon is a career public servant with 27+ years of service.  She is originally from Chicago, Il, and always found great satisfaction in crafting, including cross-stitching, quilting, tole painting, paper and digital scrapbooking. Her career has taken her to San Francisco, Washington DC and finally, Los Angeles.  After attending a workshop at AR Workshop Chandler, Cristina knew she found her post-retirement career!  She is so excited to bring this wonderful experience to the South Bay area of Los Angeles and enjoys seeing all the friendly faces coming in to make their beautiful and unique creations.

Cristina and her husband believe in giving back to the community with charitable work and volunteerism, and find great enjoyment chauffeuring their 11-year old daughter around their beloved town of Torrance, CA.

Meet Joanna Rapuzzi – owner of  3 AR Workshop locations in Westfield, NJ, Port Washington, NY and Red Bank, NJ

Joanna is a mom of two young boys and an avid DIY-lover. She had a successful career in corporate America for years. When she was introduced to AR Workshop by her step-mother, she couldn’t get it out of her head and had to explore the concept. Within months of visiting AR Workshop Pineville, she had completely revamped and renovated her spaces in downtown Westfield, Port Washington and Red Bank to shine the AR Workshop vibe. She is thrilled with the response the community has had!

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Meet Jen Amin and Jen Perino – co-owners of 4 AR Workshop locations in Northville, Rochester, Milford and now Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jen (Amin) is a high energy, business minded, boy-mom. When she isn’t bringing her (3) adorable sons to and from sports games and practices or helping her husband at one of their 2 restaurants they own, Jen is focused on running the operations of her workshop locations.  With a medical sales background and business degree, as her family grew her needs for flexibility increased. Her entrepreneurial spirit was set on fire.

Owner, Jen (Perino), is a passionate and strategic minded half of this duo.  Her kids keep her busy and are often found by her side at the workshop while Jen runs the business.  Jen’s occupational therapy career quickly turned a corner when she decided to join Jen Amin in business on this exciting adventure!

Meet Ashley & Matt Bonte, owner of AR Workshop Lexington, SC.

When Ashley and Matt stepped away from the classroom to open their very first AR Workshop, they knew they wanted to stay involved in their community. What better way than to provide a fun, relaxed environment where you get your DIY on with power tools!

Ashley has always been a go-getter, filling her calendar with as much as possible. Matt is the perfect balance as he knows which ideas are worth their time and helps execute them. Being able to work together is their biggest joy, and having their 2 year old at the shop hammering away at the wood is a bonus! Getting to DIY every night may sound like the perfect job, but it’s perfect beyond that for this couple. It’s more about the friendships that they have made along the way, and seeing the direct results of all their hard work.


Meet Rebecca Nehrbas, owner of AR Workshop Newtown

Rebecca has an Event Marketing background, which spans over 14 years in the promotional industry. Her expertise with experiential marketing, creative design of high profile events and her own personal LOVE of DIY projects makes her an ideal candidate for bringing an AR Workshop to the Philadelphia area! As an added bonus, Rebecca is cousins with Jennifer Perino, one of the owners of our Northville, Rochester & Milford Michigan’s AR Workshops!

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The franchise sales information on this website do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. An offering can only be made by a prospectus only in the form of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).  Some states require that an FDD is registered in those states so the information here is not directed by us to the residents of any of those states. We will not sell a franchise until we deliver the franchise disclosure document to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.

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