Learn about a local company that helps you learn a new artistic skill while making a new custom décor piece and having fun with friends.
Want to learn a new artistic skill, need a custom home décor piece, or just looking for something unique to do for your next girls night? The AR Workshop may be for you.
Owned by sisters-in-law Katie De Pompei and Karen Loeffler, the AR Workshop is a “a boutique DIY workshop that offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere,” De Pompei explains.
The AR Workshop charming boutique workshop, nestled in the heart of Hyde Park Square, bills itself as the perfect venue for a fun and unique Girl’s Night Out, Corporate Team Building Activity, Birthday Celebration, Date Night, Girls Night Out, Moms Day Out and Kids Parties and Camps. They offer initial classes on how to make items such as customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and canvas wall hangings. They also have a retail shop that offers a selection of on-trend home décor gifts and accessories.
The AR Workshop is part of a franchise owned by Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff. Anders and Ruff describe the AR Workshop as an offshoot of their graphic design, party styling, DIY blog and online shop Anders Ruff, as a result of demand from fans and clients to offer hands-on workshops where they could teach their skills to others.
Anders and Ruff say that in founding the AR Workshop, their “dream of coming out from behind the screen to offer mixed media workshops for home decor, parties, design and styling skills is coming true! The vision was to create an inspiring and charming boutique workshop that not only offers classes but sells retail items that [we] use in their styling jobs and photoshoots for magazines and celebrities!” When De Pompei and Loeffler heard about the AR Workshop, they knew they had to bring it to Cincinnati. Their boutique opened in May.
Mainly attracting women, but also offering parties for children, the AR Workshop is “the perfect venue for a fun and unique girl’s night out, corporate team building activity, birthday celebration, date night, family night, mom’s day out, and/or kids’ party,” De Pompei says. “Once at the Workshop, the customer starts with raw wood or canvas and a stencil, and our instructors walk them through the steps to creating charming home decor that they will be proud to display in their homes or give as gifts.” Guests can also bring beer, wine, and snacks to the workshops.
De Pompei says that what sets the AR Workshop apart from other, similar workshops are “the atmosphere, the project selection and the people. Our hope is that when someone walks into the Workshop, they feel inspired to create something beautiful, and that they have a wonderful time doing so.” The AR Workshop offers a variety of project options and are always trying out new ones, and the paints they use are eco-friendly and non-toxic. De Pompei also touts staff members that are there to help customers every step of the way.
The AR Workshop is located at 3434 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit http://www.arworkshop.com/cincinnati/.