Nurse opens AR Workshop in St. Jsoeph

Jessica Estes recently opened AR Workshop in St. Joseph which offers hands-on classes that allow customers to create custom home décor items from raw materials.

Jessica Estes recently opened AR Workshop in St. Joseph which offers hands-on classes that allow customers to create custom home décor items from raw materials.

A nurse in Northwest Missouri recently opened AR Workshop in St. Joseph. Jessica Estes and her husband Jarrett opened the business to offer hands-on classes that allows customers to create custom home décor items from raw materials. She said customers can choose between 20 projects to complete during a workshop. The first AR Workshop in the country was founded by Anders Ruff in North Carolina over 8 years ago. “I decided I wanted to do a DIY workshop but I’m a nurse by training so I began looking online for some information,” Estes said. “AR Workshop came up as an option and I did research on the business. I liked everything they stood for and their design so that’s what I pursued.” She said the business offers workshops to create centerpiece boxes, pillows, framed signs, lazy susans, clocks, chalkboard organizers and trays. Estes said that groups or individuals can attend the workshop. “Each person in a group can choose their own individual project and can choose their own design and everyone will do it at the same time,” Estes said. “When you come into the shop, there are raw materials available for the project. We’ll show you how to use the equipment and you can leave with a completed project. It’s fun to do them from start to finish.” She said any group can attend a workshop including churches, businesses, birthday parties or wedding parties. Estes said their retail store offers products such as jewelry, headbands and magnets. In addition, customers can purchase pre-made project items at the retail store that aren’t yet personalized. “If the customer doesn’t have the time to complete a project, they can let us know and we’ll do it for them,” Estes said. “They can special order it and tell us what colors they want. We can make it and they can pick it up.”

A nurse in Northwest Missouri recently opened AR Workshop in St. Joseph.

Jessica Estes and her husband Jarrett opened the business to offer hands-on classes that allows customers to create custom home décor items from raw materials. She said customers can choose between 20 projects to complete during a workshop.

The first AR Workshop in the country was founded by Anders Ruff in North Carolina over 8 years ago.

“I decided I wanted to do a DIY workshop but I’m a nurse by training so I began looking online for some information,” Estes said. “AR Workshop came up as an option and I did research on the business. I liked everything they stood for and their design so that’s what I pursued.”

She said the business offers workshops to create centerpiece boxes, pillows, framed signs, lazy susans, clocks, chalkboard organizers and trays. Estes said that groups or individuals can attend the workshop.

“Each person in a group can choose their own individual project and can choose their own design and everyone will do it at the same time,” Estes said. “When you come into the shop, there are raw materials available for the project. We’ll show you how to use the equipment and you can leave with a completed project. It’s fun to do them from start to finish.”

She said any group can attend a workshop including churches, businesses, birthday parties or wedding parties.

Estes said their retail store offers products such as jewelry, headbands and magnets.

In addition, customers can purchase pre-made project items at the retail store that aren’t yet personalized.

“If the customer doesn’t have the time to complete a project, they can let us know and we’ll do it for them,” Estes said. “They can special order it and tell us what colors they want. We can make it and they can pick it up.”

Estes said a popular item they offer is a chunky knit blanket that can be made in a specialty workshop and they can now make a blanket ladder to display it.

She said they sell items for youth including games such as tic tac toe and checkers.

The business also offers products such as a mini-block that has an image of the St. Joseph or Kansas City skyline that can be painted.

“The projects we offer can be customized such as including a last name or anniversary date,” Estes said. “We use printed stencils as a guide so it looks professional.”

AR Workshop is located at 139 N. Belt Highway in St. Joseph. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday or by workshop appointments.

They can be contacted by phone at 816-282-0266. To register for a workshop, visit www.arworkshop.com/stjoseph.

Margaret Slayton can be reached at news@greenacressells.com.