AR Workshop is a do-it-yourself interior design workshop franchise. Locations can be found across the country, and now Coronado residents Laura and Chris Nelson have opened their own in Coronado.
Opening of the AR Coronado workshop at 1033 B Avenue #101
Laura has spent her professional career in the dental industry, and when she found an AR workshop three years ago, she shares, “I was hooked. For me, it was great to get away from it all and be creative. She and her husband spent romantic evenings at AR Workshop before deciding to open one of their own. Chris is a painter and was interested in a retirement project. When AR Workshop’s San Diego branch closed during COVID, Laura and Chris took a leap of faith and reached out to AR Workshop to be part of the franchise.
AR Workshop Coronado is nestled between Lobster West and H&R Block, replacing Coronado Mail and Parcel Center. While most AR workshops take up 1,200 to 1,800 square feet, this mighty workshop comes in at around 932 square feet. It accommodates 24 people per workshop, with several workshops during the week and the possibility of renting the space for private parties. At the store, Laura and Chris will work alongside Chris’ three daughters and Laura’s parents. They are very happy to have three generations to embrace Coronado at the workshop.
About DIY Workshops
Laura summarizes AR Workshop as “a do-it-yourself paint shop with fun retail.” As for the projects you can expect, Laura throws out one of the most popular: “You can personalize signs with a last name or wedding date. When you walk in, everything is set up just for you. With many options to purchase custom signs, Laura expands the fun of making your own, “you make memories by making it yourself and the people you’re with.”
For those who would be intimidated by the experience, Laura reassures: “I have never seen a project go wrong. Each project is unique and it is yours. She explains the process, “we design it for you, you follow the steps in the pattern, and there are instructors during the course who can help you choose the colors.” There’s a certain pride that goes into the finished project, “it’s not cheap or tacky; you want to show it.
An example of a project that touched Laura: “There was a recipe for personalized cookies that one of the artists made, it was the recipe of her aunt who had died. She made the signs and gave them to her loved ones along with the cookies. His aunt’s legacy lives on. A common group Laura sees are bachelorette parties, where bridesmaids help the bride by waving for her wedding.
What makes it Coronado
Laura is full of ideas as she describes her plans for the store within the community. These include summer camps for kids, Independence Day projects, and realtor gifts to name a few. Laura says, “I live in the community and I want to involve everyone. Coronado specific projects she is working on with AR Workshop include 92118 signs, San Diego city skyline with bridge, Coronado map, wreaths, flip flops and all things SoCal. “I want it to be Coronado specific, but something different than what you see in other gift shops in town.”
In addition to panels, AR Workshop offers bulky blanket classes, ornaments (Laura calls them her favorite!), doormats, canvas items such as aprons and pillows, and projects in combination with other members from the community. This can include crafting a flower box and having a gardener direct the planting, a cookie tray with a baker directing the cookie decorating, and much more. There will always be something new coming to the store. One Coronado project that Laura is looking forward to is the cornhole boards, perfect for the gorgeous year-round weather here!
Cost: Most adult projects range from $40 to $70 and youth projects range from $40 to $45.
Hours: The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Workshop times will be scheduled throughout the day. Check the program.
Large aperture: The inauguration of the AR workshop will take place on April 2 and 3, 2022.
1033 Ave B #101 – [email protected] – 619-444-9954