AR Workshop hosts "Network After Work"

Complete with a DIY (Do It Yourself) craft demonstration

Thursday, February 8, 2018

AR Workshop co-owner Ryann Fairweather (center) with staff members Jessica Posa (left) and Renee Huffstickler at Chamber event. In the small photo below, James Congelli of Wells Fargo Bank in Mount Holly works at perfecting his Valentine project. 

Craft workshop makes for a unique Chamber event 

When AR Workshop co-owner Ryann Fairweather hosted Chamber members and friends for networking on Feb. 8, 2018, she gave them a hands-on demonstration of a DIY (do-it-yourself) workshop by leading the group in making a Valentine-theme craft item. The fun activity combined with business networking, refreshments and information on AR Workshop made for a unique event. 

AR Workshop opened seven months ago at 65 Glenway Street in downtown Belmont. Maureen Anders of Waxhaw, who is a founder of the fast growing franchise, is co-owner of the Belmont shop, which features a wide variety of home decor items and craft supplies for sale and specializes in group sessions in which participants learn to make their own unique products.

AR Workshop offers an extensive schedule of workshops at which participants can design and make their own creations, such as pillow-print painting, building Lazy Susans and making plank wood signs. Also offered are special custom-designed events for groups booking birthday parties, club events, workshops, ladies' nights and more. The shop provides the necessary tools, materials and instruction to help even beginners through a project. 

Maureen Anders and co-founder Adria Ruff started AR Workshop as an online business in 2010. Their first brick-and-mortar location opened in Pineville less than two years ago, and they now have more than 55 franchise shops in 24 states. 

For more on AR Workshop Belmont, call 704.967.4004, or visit

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Chamber Board Chair Carey Roberts (left) of Carey Roberts Design with VP Teresa Rankin at AR Workshop event.  




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