AR Workshop in Hudson, Ohio is now open and I had the chance to interview local moms and business partners, Susan Daniels and Mary Katherine (MK) Donnelly about their new business venture.
AR Workshop in Hudson, Ohio is a boutique DIY Workshop with hands-on classes to create charming & custom decor, wood signs, canvas pillows and more. Come in with friends, family, coworkers, or simply on your own to have fun and get crafty in out inspiring and charming boutique workshop, that not only offers classes but sells retail items.
You’ll leave with a positive DIY experience and a project you will be proud to own or gift.
Interview with Susan Daniels and Mary Katherine Donnelly
How did you get started in this business?
Susan: My daughters and I attended a workshop while visiting friends in Raleigh, NC. I was so impressed by the atmosphere, the cheery vibe and the dozens of project options that I couldn’t wait bring my husband back to check it out the next day. When we returned home to Sagamore Hills, OH, we spent some time learning about the company and were impressed by the Anders Ruff Team. Once we made the decision to move forward, Mary Katherine (MK) and I took a road trip and attended an workshop in Worthington, OH. She was as impressed as I had been and we decided right then to become partners.
What is your background? Education, Work Experience
Susan: I began my career working for Sherwin Williams Headquarters in downtown Cleveland, OH and fell in love with DIY from the start. After almost 15 years there, I took some time off to raise my 3 daughters. Since then I have enjoyed a career marketing for another passion of mine, skin care, which successfully allows me to use my degree in Public Relations and Marketing Communications from Ursiline College in Pepper Pike, OH.
MK: After graduating from OSU with a degree in Marketing, I spent 10 years in Global Sales at Verizon in Washington DC, where I met my husband, a fellow Clevelander who was stationed in DC for the Navy. We returned to CLE to be closer to family as we raised our own family, and I have been working to help build small and mid sized businesses through content and social media marketing for a local woman-owned marketing agency.
What makes you happy?
Susan: Faith, family and loyal friends.
MK: Vacations, successful marketing campaigns, smiles on my kid’s faces, movie night with my husband, concerts, Buckeye football, Tribe baseball, and Kevin Love.
Why is your business located in Hudson, Ohio.
Hudson is such a quaint, fun town! It has restaurants, great shopping, and an awesome sense of community. It was practically screaming for our workshop!
Describe your target customers.
Our target customer can be someone who is crafty, loves DIY, and enjoys rustic on trend decor. On the other hand, so many people who come into our workshop declare themselves as “the least crafty person they know” and walk away with a beautiful piece they created and had a really darn good time doing it. In addition to our ever popular ladies night out, we have date nights, where guys can get in on the action too. Brides will LOVE our wedding collection. Team building outings are popular for businesses.
And KIDS! Don’t forget the kids. Summer camps, birthday parties, and more. Family fun is coming for all, Hudson!
What will the AR Workshop bring to Hudson, Ohio and surrounding areas that other businesses don’t?
Our unique offering of not only on trend home decor that people can make themselves and be proud to display in their homes, in a relaxed and fun setting is truly unique to the area. We are the first AR Workshop in Northeast Ohio!
Visit AR Workshop in Hudson, Ohio
Check out this month’s schedule of classes and camps offered at AR Workshop in Hudson, Ohio to plan your next ladies night out, date night, party, or event! You can register online for a workshop of your choice – don’t worry you’ll have plenty of choices, not everyone will be making the exact same thing but it helps to pick a date and class from their online menu.
85 South Main Street Suite B
Hudson, OH 44236