A friendship and a shared interest in crafts and DIY — do it yourself — has resulted in a new business. AR Workshop is a new franchise business owned by Michelle Shilling and Kelly Elliott. The business, located at 1810 Swamp Pike, Suite 200, in New Hanover, will officially open on Saturday, May 19, with an open house scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.
AR Workshop is a DIY studio offering hands-on classes where participants create home décor items using raw materials like wood and canvas. Among the projects are wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, lazy Susans, centerpiece boxes and canvas tote bags — all of which can be personalized. Think Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” fame, “rustic farmhouse,” said Shilling, writes Donna Rovins in The Times Herald.
In addition to the workshop itself, there is a storage area, rest room and kitchenette.
The outside of the building resembles the other office suites in the complex. Once inside, however, customers are transported to an upscale workshop – complete with power tools, sample projects, work benches and project paint colors. Lights and decorations reflect the company’s signature aqua color.
The overall feeling, according to Elliott is “homey.”
“It feels like you’re walking into a friend’s house — you can relax, have a good time and build something,” she said.
The AR Workshop experience is suitable for small or large groups of friends (up to 30 people) date nights and family outings. The workshop can also accommodate birthday parties, bridal showers, team parties and team building activities.
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