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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 boutique 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 and paints 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.

Our mission is simple: To lead a DIY movement that inspires and empowers others through creativity.

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AR Workshop Founders



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.




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.



  • Guided buildout and opening process
  • Well-established and growing brand
  • Support! You’re joining the ARW family of owners and seasoned leadership.
  • Versatile and robust 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!
  • Ranked #1 via Entrepreneur Magazine for 2021 in the “Best off the Best” for DIY/Paint and Sip segment! 

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

DIY Workshop Bookings
DIY Youth Programs
Fun DIY Kits
Handmade for you
DIY Workshop Gift Certificate
Retail Accessories
Private Events
Food and Drinks

2020/2021 ACCOLADES


#1 DIY / Paint & Sip Studio Franchise
in Entrepreneur Magazine


#18 for Entrepreneur Magazine’s
Top New Franchises


#68 Fastest Growing Franchises via Entrepreneur


#47 Top Franchises for less than $100K


#307 for Entrepreneur Magazine’s
Franchise 500


#487 Franchise Times 200+ of the
largest US Franchise Systems


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