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AR Workshop


AR Workshop is an inspiring and charming boutique that offers DIY workshops for home decor and sells unique and beautiful retail items.

Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
Net worth required
$60,000 - $100,000
Franchise fee
$20,000 - $30,000
6.0% - 7.0%
Units in operation
Franchising Since

Own an AR Workshop Franchise - Questions & Answers

What is it?

  • DIY studio and workshop where clients create custom home decor and personalized gifts
  • Instructor led workshops for all ages and skill levels
  • Workshops include custom wood plank signs, canvas pillows, cake stands, knit blankets and more

How does it make money?

  • Clients pay for public workshops, private events, youth or holiday parties
  • Camps for children offered in summer months
  • Retail sales from shop

Who is it for?

  • Those with a passion for creative projects and working with the community
  • No preferred career background
  • Those with an entrepreneurial spirit and general business sense

What would you do as a franchisee?

  • Running the operations of the workshop
  • Hiring creative instructors to teach the workshops
  • Market the AR Workshop brand to the community


AR Workshop

DIY Studio to Make Decor and Memories

DIY (Do It Yourself) Studio

Novice crafters and do-it-yourself enthusiasts alike can create high-end custom home décor and personalized gifts at AR Workshop®a boutique DIY shop that offers a unique, fun experience for all ages and skill levels through instructor-led workshops.

Workshop participants can construct custom wood plank signs, framed signs, canvas pillows, round signs, trays, Lazy Susans, centerpiece boxes, cake stands, canvas items, specialty projects and more utilizing raw materials, a variety of non-toxic stain and paint colors, and stencils. Attendees can also create textile items such as chunky knit blankets as well as seasonal or holiday keepsakes.

Project designs can be personalized with names, memorable dates, quotes and graphics plus a variety of colors, to create beautiful one-of-a-kind artworks. The average time to complete a project is two and a half hours.

In addition to open workshops, customers can also book a private, corporate, youth or holiday event. During the summer months, camps for children will be offered. 

About AR Workshop® and Anders Ruff Co.

Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff created Anders Ruff Custom Designs in 2010 as a small, mixed-media online boutique and blog that offered unique graphic design, styling and inspiration to lovers of handmade artistry. Before long, the combination of one-of-a-kind artwork, inspiring environment and the owners’ enthusiasm led the duo to create a business model for hands-on, instructor-led workshops in which attendees learn skills and create keepsakes from raw materials. All Anders Ruff Workshop® spaces feature functional décor that each owner builds themselves. From the hammer chandelier to the paint bar, workshop tables and shelves, each boutique has a signature aqua-themed vibe with a lot of DIY handiwork. Since the original AR Workshop® was born at the flagship site in Pineville, NC in 2016, more than 140 'entreprenhers' have joined the rapidly-expanding, woman-owned franchise to open local shops across the nation. 



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