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Home decor know-how flows like wine at new Elm St. business

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 13. 2018 2:04PM
A R Workshop recently opened at the corner of Hanover and Elm streets in Manchester. Owner Laura McKelligan provides a friendly environment for customers to complete woodworking and wood sign projects. Michelle Grant, right, of Goffstown, discusses stain choices with owner, Laura McKelligan, left. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)

MANCHESTER — People who like painted signs or trays can make their own while drinking a glass of chardonnay with friends.

“It’s like a DIY, home-decor boutique,” said store owner Laura McKelligan.

She opened A R Workshop at 875 Elm St., providing workshops for people looking to make customized home-decor projects.

The location “felt safe, and architecturally is pretty nice outside,” she said.

The business, which opened in mid-April, hosts classes where people can bring their own beverages and learn how to make customized signs or wooden trays, often featuring a person’s last name.

Customers choose a project online and the materials will be waiting for them at the shop, which encompasses nearly 2,500 square feet. McKelligan hosts five classes a week, drawing five to 12 people per class and growing, she said.

Morgan Lingbloom was in town visiting from Bellingham, Wash., when she popped into McKelligan’s business.

She said she might take a workshop if somebody bought her a gift card to make a project.

“They’re so cool, but you probably could do it at home but wouldn’t,” Lingbloom said.


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