Whether you have a kiddo who loves woodworking and power tools or one who loves fashion design and room décor, consider checking out AR Workshop Seattle.
A Wedgwood storefront with an elegant and spacious interior, AR Workshop offers a fun new business model. It’s a “boutique DIY workshop.” Like a community art studio from a dream, the walls are lined with perfectly organized tools, building materials and containers of paint in every color of the rainbow.
The options for projects are almost limitless. For example, wooden signs, fabric totes and pillows and marbleized resin art. In addition, the materials are kid-friendly: natural, plant-derived wood stains and low-VOC paints. The shop displays examples of finished projects, many of which are under $50.
To try it out, find their calendar of public classes online. Classes are geared to adults and children age 7 and up. You sign up for the project/date/time that works for you. When you show up, they provide the zenlike workshop space, the materials, and the expert instruction. No skill or prior experience necessary!
Kid-friendly snacks and refreshments are available at the workshop (as well as grown-up drinks for parents). Keep on the lookout for seasonal classes taught by guest instructors—local artists who visit the workshop to teach their specific craft.
AR Workshop can also host private events. Kids’ birthday parties run about $40 per child. Potential grownup gatherings include everything from baby showers to school fundraising events.
Finally, if you don’t have time for DIY but need a thoughtful gift, they offer take-home kits for completing a small project at home, and the front of the workshop features a thoughtfully curated assortment of gifts and cards, many of which are local and handmade.
AR Workshop Seattle
About the business: AR Workshop gets its name from designers Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, whose blog and Etsy shop has evolved into a boutique workshop with more than 150 franchises across the U.S. The Seattle shop is at 8507 35th Ave N.E. A quick search reveals additional nearby AR Workshops in Maple Valley, Mill Creek and Gig Harbor.