HUDSON — Area residents will soon have a way to express their passion for do-it-yourself design and styling, with the grand opening of an AR Workshop in Hudson April 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. 

Community members are invited to attend for tours of the workshop, promotions, hourly giveaways, light bites and more. During the event, 200 guests will make-and-take a complimentary Ohio DIY mini-sign. RSVPs are encouraged.

Susan Daniels and Mary Katherine Donnelly, both DIY home décor enthusiasts and co-owners of AR Workshop Hudson, first learned about the brand during a ladies’ night out in Raleigh. 

"After attending a workshop, I was so inspired by the lively atmosphere and I just couldn’t take it off my mind," Daniels said. 

Daniels said she started looking at the corporate website and social media to find out more.

"After realizing AR Workshop was available to franchise, I called up my friend MK and told her we just had to open our own location," she said. "It didn’t really take much convincing after she experienced a workshop herself -— she was hooked too."

AR Workshop is a boutique DIY setting with hands-on classes in which participants create custom and charming décor. Customers make everything from framed or plank wood signs, to lazy susans, serving trays, chalkboard art, centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, totes and more. 

During instructor-led workshops, participants prepare their custom design, assemble and finish Pinterest-worthy projects with non-toxic stain and paint colors hand-chosen by the founders. The approach enables visitors of any skill level to produce beautiful art work, and ensures consistent, high-end results for the home, office or as a personalized gift.