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, safe and comfortable atmosphere. A wide range of creative offerings paired with national brand partnerships makes AR Workshop truly unique. 

We are an empowerment franchise, not just another DIY studio. We’re interested in partnering with passionate and motivated individuals seeking entrepreneurship who also enjoy making a difference in their local communities. Multiple revenue streams, helpful internal business tools, our non-toxic AR Workshop branded stains as well as trendy, top notch designer projects make this franchise opportunity stand out from the crowd. Our brand attracts guests of all ages and decor styles. 

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Our Story

AR Workshop® was founded in 2016 by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. After spending 6 years raising their children and building the online platform Anders Ruff, the two dreamed of creating a space where their popular graphic design and celebrity-endorsed DIY party printables could come to life! A leap of faith, lots of heart and gallons of paint later the flagship location opened in Pineville, NC  in June, 2016! After just a few short years, the AR Workshop concept has spread across the nation into over 150 locations in 32 states! The vision to create an inspiring and charming place for all things DIY has now been shared with over one hundred new business owners and thousands of guests

Why Franchise?

Be the boss. If you’ve ever dreamed of business ownership, it may have been overwhelming knowing where to start. Opening a business is a lot of work – joining a franchise provides a fast track to start-up and removes some of the guesswork going forward. Our network of franchise partners along with the leadership team will help you along the way and share knowledge so you can focus on growing your local DIY workshop. 

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Benefits of owning an AR Workshop

  • Guided buildout and opening process
  • Well-established and growing brand
  • Support! You’re joining the ARW family of owners and seasoned leadership.
  • Versatile streams of revenue. A wide variety of classes, specialty projects and product lines
  • We’re a leader in the DIY franchise space as one of the fastest growing in the country!

You’re only 10 minutes away from learning more about owning an AR Workshop.

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Ready to put your location on our map!?

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  2 AR Workshop locations in Westfield, NJ and Port Washington, NY 

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 and Port Washington 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.

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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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