AR Workshop Pearland & Emily McAdams | South Houston Moms

Emily McAdams is one busy lady! We were lucky to catch up with her and hear about all the fun stuff happening at AR Workshop Pearland.


Emily with her husband Justin and their daughters Isobel and Rowan

Emily is a mom of two beautiful daughters, Isobel 4 and Rowan 2. She’s lived in Pearland for almost two years. She loves living in her cul-de-sac neighborhood of Southern Trails, a much quieter location from her previous home in downtown Houston next to a nightclub!

Emily and her family love going to their neighborhood pool. In the winter she loves joining local community events that are family friendly. The McAdams family love having breakfast at First Watch or getting desert at Rollie’s Frozen Custard. The kids love Rollies and their hot fudge sundaes! 

Emily opened AR Workshop Pearland in February 2019, which is a DIY boutique craft store. “We are in the business of making memories and creating on-trend pieces of home decor. From wooden signs, crafty trays, canvas pillows/wall hangings, to chunky knit blankets, we are always adding new types of DIY projects to our repertoire. If you are looking for a Mom’s Night Out, a place to host a party for you kids or friends, we are it. If you own a business and want us to come to you for your next networking, team building or corporate event, we are it! If you are looking to order a custom piece as a baby, wedding or home closing gift, we are it!”

My business target market is 97% women and 99% moms. I have met so many accomplished, generous and tenacious women since I opened AR Workshop. Most everyone has been super eager to be a part of our story and the word of mouth is legit. When I first opened, I did not know what to expect. However, I have never felt more supported than by all the Moms in Pearland. Pearland Moms have sent their kids to me for camp, have hosted their children’s birthday parties with me and now they use AR Workshop in their own personal businesses from realtors, chefs and other small business owners. I have felt the love and collaboration from all of them. Thank you to the Moms in Pearland and surrounding areas for making my dream come true. I look forward to helping your dreams come true too!

What made you want to open ARW in Pearland?
When it came to researching a suburb to live in, we had two personal aspects that needed to happen. The first-  it had to be close to the Medical Center and downtown. The second, the schools had to be good. Pearland fit that with it being the closest suburb to downtown. It is only 9 miles away from the Med Center.  The schools that we are zoned too are great as well, so it seemed like the natural place to move, to start a business. AR Workshops thrive in suburban communities. With Pearland being one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, with a healthy income and booming demographic of mid 30s,  it was a natural fit. 

What do you love about DIY?
I like DIY because it lets me explore my creative outlet. All the stuff on Etsy, Pinterest, HGTV, etc …I want to make it.  With DIY, especially a place like AR, we make that want a reality. We provide all the supplies and expert instruction. There doesn’t have to be the $200.00 Pinterest Fail anymore. You can come here and be guaranteed a professional project outcome. 

If someone says “I’m so not crafty and creative, I don’t know if I can do it?”  What do you say in response?
Yes you can! We walk you through every single step. We may even literally hold your hand. LOL.  If you choose colors that we know will not go together, we will tell you. The hardest part of your job will be choosing a design. With hundreds of options to choose from, that is the hardest part. Everything else, we provide the supplies and guidance. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you hate your project we will refund your money, or remake it for you and deliver it. That is how certain we are of your success. 

What are your holiday events? For kids?
We just finished a Holiday Cookie decorating class last week, however, we have several opportunities for kids to come. We are a kid friendly place and offer Youth options for kids that are easier to stencil, and not as complicated as the adult projects.  If you want to do an activity with your child(ren) we would love to have you. Just register online for any family class and/or Wood/Canvas class and select a youth sign for them to do. If you don’t see it on there, just send us an email [email protected] and we will open it up and get you registered. 

On December 21st, from 12-3pm we have a baker coming with fresh homemade gingerbread to teach us how to build a gingerbread house the old fashioned way.  This class is open to kids ages 8+. Space is limited and the adult must stay with children under 12 for the entire time. This class is expected to be a lot of fun, and a memorable event for all.  Register today as we only have 9 spots left. 

What are some of your favorite holiday designs this season?
This is a hard question because I love almost everything that comes out and want it for my own. I made myself an Advent Calendar the other day. I made myself a pillow last night for my entryway bench.  I have my eye on a Framed Sign that is a Christmas Tree with stars, and I want that one for my mantle too. Oh yes, I have my porch sign with boho check rug, and door mat. I could go on… I have an addiction as you can see….

However, what seems to be the cat’s caboodle is the Chunky Knit blanket classes. I just made myself the Luxe Runner. I used all cream colors and made it for my living room. Our Chunky Knit classes are really awesome and fun. It’s one of the hottest trends on instagram. People are selling these blankets for $250-$400.00 and you can come and learn how to make one in our class for $85.00.  We also sell our custom yarn too, so one they learn, then can buy yarn and make it as gifts for friends!

You can check out AR Workshop’s class and event schedule on their website
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