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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann


AR Workshop® Franklin’s employees support the new location L to R: Courtney Winegar, Maci Elliot, Nunnally, Ruff, Bowen, Karen Kaiser, Sarah Munson, Jessica Meeker and Carla Hale Credit: Kenneth Purdom

Nashville’s new DIY haven, AR Workshop®, opened its doors to the public for the first time Friday, April 20, 2018. AR Workshop® Nashville’s owners Brandon Nunnally and Melissa Bowen along with one of the founders of the franchise, Adria Ruff (the “R” in AR), welcomed guests in from 5-8 p.m. to have fun and learn more about the idea behind the roll-up-your-sleeves environment that has sparked 81 stores across the nation to open its doors.

AR Workshop® Nashville is a boutique DIY setting with hands-on classes in which participants create custom and charming décor. The workshop is BYO beer or wine, and customers are welcome to bring their favorite snacks from home as well. Visitors can 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 instructional approach enables visitors at any skill level to produce beautiful artworks and ensures consistent, high-end results for the home, office, or as a personalized gift.

To learn more, visit AR Workshop® Nashville’s website or on find them on Facebook. AR

Workshop® Nashville Address: 2022A Lindell Ave., Nashville, TN 37203


The brainchild of designers Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, created Anders Ruff Custom Designs in 2010 as a small, mixed media boutique and blog offering unique graphic design, styling, and inspiration to lovers of handmade artistry. Before long, the combination of one-of-a-kind artworks, inspiring environment, and the owners’ own inescapable enthusiasm led the duo to come out from behind the screen to create a business model of handson workshops where attendees could learn these skills from the designers themselves. All Anders Ruff Workshops feature the same 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 AR Workshop® was born in the flagship location in Pineville, NC in 2016, more than 81 new stores have opened nationally. The franchise is rapidly expanding into communities across the country and expects to exceed 100 locations nationally in 2018. Visit for more information.

ABOUT BRANDON NUNNALLY: Since moving to Nashville in 1998, Brandon has worked in the music industry, special event production and healthcare management. However, from the moment she discovered AR Workshop® she knew her career path was about to change. She has had a love of DIY and craft projects since she was a child, and a hobby she shared with her mother turned into a career.

ABOUT MELISSA BOWEN: Bowen moved here from Washington state in January of 2004. She has been a full time childcare provider for three amazing children for the past 13 years and was the assistant Director of a childcare facility and taught preschool before making the move across the country. She also coached high school and junior high sports. Melissa has a passion for teaching and coaching as well as being creative which lends itself to the core needs of AR Workshop®.


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