Meet AR Workshop Alexandria!
AR Workshop Alexandria is a boutique DIY Workshop offering hands-on classes for creating custom home decor in a cozy lounge style atmosphere. You can customize beautiful signage and home decor with colors and designs of your choice and enjoy a fun and crafty night out!
This adorable and unique space the spot for our next District Bliss DIY Workshop AND DMV Vendor Social! Katie Nguyen Wells, the rad owner of AR Workshop Alexandria, is an all all-around rockstar! Katie has been in the business for 8 months now and brings a great blend of business sense, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit to her new role.
We want you to join us in this rad space for a night off!
Click here to get crafty with us!
Click here to mix & mingle at our Vendor social!
Why did you decide to join this company?
People are seeking unique experiences and community and I wanted to offer a space in Old Town where friends and family can gather to relax, create, mingle, AND leave with a piece of art that they proudly made themselves. AR Workshop offers hands-on classes for creating custom home décor in a lounge style atmosphere. In the heart of Old Town Alexandria, our charming loft-style lounge is the perfect venue for a fun and unique Girl’s Night Out, Corporate Team Building Activity, Fundraiser, Birthday Celebration, Date Night, Moms Morning Out and Kids Parties and Camps. Our class offerings include customized wood plank or framed signs, lazy susans, wood centerpiece boxes, canvas pillows, and canvas wall hangings, and so much more! Our retail shop offers a selection of on-trend home décor gifts and accessories.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I love wearing all the hats and having my hands in every aspect of my business. From growing our brand and meeting and partnering with other local businesses, to teaching workshops, to curating and buying products for our retail shop. I also love our cozy studio and being in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. There’s a lot of good vibes, energy, and laughter coming out of these walls and seeing the happy and proud faces (of all ages) and projects leaving our studio will never get old.
Do you have a favorite story related to your business that you’d like to share?
We are a part of the Old Town Boutique District, which features over 30 unique shops showcasing one-of-a-kind items and hard-to-find brands. We recently participated in the District’s Shop & Stroll event where shoppers visit each boutique to win prizes and the grand prize winner gets a HUGE shopping spree, along with a 50% off coupon to use at ANY boutique. Of all the boutiques the winner could choose to spend their 50% off coupon, they chose AR Workshop. Having only opened our doors 8 months ago and being a ‘newbie’ to the District, that was a great compliment and honor.
Does your company provide additional services that you’d like people to know about?
We are hosting many different creative workshops at our studio and creating a community where you can learn a new craft and skill — Upcoming workshops include Hand Lettering, Watercolor, and Floral Arranging. All being taught by other local DC Artists. So many more to come….
Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about you personally?
I’m a corporate mom turned creative entrepreneur and small business owner in her 40’s. It’s a daily struggle to balance being a mom, wife, and business owner. It’s chaotic, it’s not pretty, it gets done, it takes a village. But, I’ve never been more professionally fulfilled and happy. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing right now.
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