Boutique Workshop Brings Out Anyone’s Inner Artist.

July 11, 2017 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Lexington residents now have a new way to express their passion for DIY design and styling, with the opening of AR Workshop in McCauley’s Square.
An extension of the popular NC-based design company Anders Ruff, AR Workshop is a hands-on boutique studio and store where visitors can create their own handmade, mixed-media pieces – everything from framed and plank wood signs, to canvas wall hangings, to chalkboard art, pillows, décor and more. And it all takes place in guided workshop sessions that allow customers’ creative juices to flow, while still ensuring consistent, high-end results.

Former school teachers, Matt and Ashley Bonte are excited to bring AR Workshop to Lexington. When Ashley said “I do”, Matt promised her that they could one day become business owners. It was a matter of finding the right time, place, and idea. He has since made true on that promise! Matt’s love for power tools and Ashley’s love of crafting made the decision easy as they can still engage in teaching in a fun & social environment!

"Matt loves building things which comes in handy since the entire workshop decor is DIY," said Ashley. "From the tables to the baseboards, we have built everything ourselves! I have a BA in Elementary Education with a Masters in Educational Technology. Both will be put to use as I create projects for people and then guide them through workshops!"

Taking the trend of creative, interactive parties (think of the popular “wine and painting” studios) to a fun new level, AR Workshop lets visitors work from customizable patterns and templates that can fit virtually any taste or style. As a result, no two pieces – or projects –are the same. But the approach enables anyone to produce beautiful, “Pinterest-worthy” artworks they can be proud of.
The environment itself is also designed to inspire and delight – with a warm, welcoming atmosphere that feels almost more like a lounge than an arts and crafts studio. Accommodating everyone from individuals and couples, to larger groups and parties and even corporate events, AR Workshop is a place where inspiration and instruction meet – with a fun, fresh DIY flair. To learn more, visit
About Anders Ruff
The brainchild of designers Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff, Anders Ruff began life 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 friends and clients to ask for hands-on workshops where they could learn these skills from the designers themselves. So AR Workshop was born, with locations in Pineville, NC, Raleigh, NC, Northville, MI, and now Lexington, SC. To explore the Anders Ruff online store and blog, visit