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Conquer a DIY Project at One of These Virginia Beach Shops

From DIY workshops to paint-you-own pottery, several Virginia Beach shops can help you bring out your inner Picasso. When you are ready to get crafty, head to one of these exciting places near our Virginia Beach apartments:

Mermaid Factory 

Both a gift shop and a paint-your-own art studio, the Mermaid Factory provides an experience unlike any other. All the plaster products are made in Coastal Virginia. They offer a blank canvas, and you can decorate them using acrylic paint, glitter, and other embellishments. The selection always includes mermaids and dolphins and a "catch of the day" that may feature sharks, seahorses, and sea turtles. 


Family-owned and operated, the PlantHouse provides plant-based activities that inspire connection and creativity. You can drop into this Virginia Beach gift shop during the day and create a DIY terrarium or register for an exciting workshop. The workshops rotate and may include Succulents and Sangria. After learning about succulents, you'll choose your plants and decor and create a one-of-a-kind terrarium for your home or office. Beer, wine, and mimosas are available at the bar. After class, shop for pots, home decor, and more. 

AR Workshop 

In 2010, Adria and Maureen started a popular DIY blog and graphic design online shop. When their clients started asking for hands-on lessons, AR Workshop was born. It quickly earned a following, and today, the shop offers fun projects for all artistic abilities. Talented instructors lead every DIY session. This Virginia Beach gift shop offers both public classes and private table bookings, with projects including frames, chunky knit blankets, and plank wood signs. 

For another way to have fun, challenge your friends to a game of bocce ball. Finally, to become a resident of Columbus Station, please contact us. Our friendly leasing team will show you the amenities and floor plans that our vibrant community has to offer.

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