The next level of DIY has just arrived in downtown Frisco.
Located on Main Street and open since May 13, Crafted is a new place for adults, families, and kids who want to get creative.
Owners Melissa Lagrange and Melissa Winton say their shop meets a growing demand for something new, fun and meaningful to do.
No experience in crafting or working with tools is necessary, but according to Lagrange and Winton, the projects are complicated enough to keep even the pros engaged.
“Regardless of how artsy you are or aren’t, there’s something satisfying in making something,” Lagrange said.
Crafted is now holding workshops for various home décor projects every Friday and Saturday night. Registration is online, and refreshment is BYOB. Big or small groups can also schedule private classes, whether it’s a kids’ volleyball team or a bachelor party.
Current workshop projects include wood signs of various sizes with designs like surname monograms and inspirational messages, but Lagrange and Winton say that’s just the beginning.
In June, Lagrange and Winton plan to roll out new projects such as room-specific signs, Americana decorations, and projects for Dad—yard games, beer caddies, man cave décor, and more.
Future projects will also include picture frames, decorative trays, burlap wreaths, pillows, metal projects, and parent-child workshops, something Winton was inspired to “bring back” after building a birdhouse with her dad as a girl through a program with Home Depot.
The goal is for people to have a great experience and then walk away with something they’re proud of—and will actually display or use.
“We’re not going to have any Pinterest fails in here,” Winton said.
Beyond Home Décor
Crafted will be more than just a studio for DIY classes. Also debuting in June on Father’s Day weekend will be the shop’s first Thursday Night Tasting, or TNT.
On the third Thursday of every month, Winton and Lagrange will invite local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries to give free samples to Crafted patrons from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is open to the public, with a Crafted workshop directly following from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
“We are huge fans of craft beers and spirits, like whiskeys and vodkas, and wines,” Winton said, adding that they encourage patrons to bring their favorite craft drink to the weekly workshops. “We didn’t want this to just be a wine place.”
Their appreciation is clearly demonstrated throughout the shop in the stools that surround the several large workbenches. Each seat is modeled after craft brand beers (the gray stools), spirits (the brown stools), or wine (the red stools).
A Different Kind of DIY
Though a couple similar workshops exist in other parts of the country, Winton and Lagrange believe Crafted will bring something unique.
“They market primarily to women,” Winton said of the other companies. “Their projects are very—I don’t want to use this term negatively—but they’re simple. And we want to do a little bit more complicated projects, because we want the men to be just as involved as the women.”
“It still blows me away that in this day and age there are so many women out there who have never picked up a drill,” Winton added. “But they’re curious. I think they really want to know.”
Speaking of drills, Winton says the ones at Crafted are safe enough for kids and first-timers to use. Though men or experienced crafters might find them “a little dainty…hey, it’s a power tool, and it gets the job done.”
What makes the projects at Crafted more complicated? For starters, the projects will consist of more than just wood and paint or canvas and paint.
“One of the things that makes us a little bit different is the uses of mixed media, so using textiles with wood or metal with wood,” Lagrange said. “It’s not just singular material.”
Patrons can also submit a project idea for Winton and Lagrange to create a sample of and then possibly teach a workshop on.
“The sky’s the limit,” Winton said.
Born to be Crafty
When Winton and Lagrange became friends in 2014, they quickly bonded over their mutual love of making things with their hands.
“We’re the ones that do all the honey-do lists, not our husbands,” Winton laughed.
Both her father and stepfather were carpenters, so for Winton, crafting has always been a way of life.
With a background in theater set design and a special love for Halloween, Winton is heavily involved in the haunted attractions industry.
After years of hosting charity haunted houses and teaching classes at haunted attraction conventions, Winton realized her talent for making things “look rusty and old and corroded” could easily translate to home décor.
Lagrange’s talent for crafting also started young.
Her mom loved to redecorate, and “always yanked us into whatever project it was,” Lagrange laughed.
She added that her skill in crafts is partly “self-taught out of necessity.”
Lagrange would often find herself fixated on a certain idea for a home décor piece, but couldn’t find it in stores.
“So I just started making things,” she said. “If I can’t find exactly what I want, I’ll just make it.”
“Melissa and I are very much tomboys,” Winton said.
From Concept to Crafted in Just Four Months
A glance around the thoughtfully laid-out rustic studio might make you think it’s been in the works for a while. But the idea for Crafted didn’t even exist until a few months ago.
It was a Friday night in January when the light bulb went off.
“We had two bottles of wine and stayed up until two in the morning” talking about their ideas, Winton said.
New ideas continued to overflow throughout Saturday and Sunday.
“Then on Monday we got together for dinner and said, ‘Okay, we need to decide whether or not we’re actually doing this,” Winton recalled. “And we said, ‘yes we’re actually doing this!’ And it’s been surreal ever since.”
What followed was substantial market research to determine the demand. In addition to reading books and Internet articles, Lagrange posed the idea to friends and parents at her kids’ sporting events. Winton asked random people at the grocery store, Target and Michael’s. They also had a booth at Frisco’s Arts in the Square in early April where they asked for feedback on their ideas.
Each time, the response was overwhelmingly positive, with multiple people saying they’d been looking for something new to do, Lagrange said.
Since the grand opening, that enthusiasm has continued.
“You can see it on their faces,” Lagrange said of their class participants. “They’re satisfied.”
“People want to get their hands dirty,” Winton said. “They want to create something.”
And at Crafted, they can do just that.
For a complete workshop schedule, gift certificates, class registration and a newsletter sign-up, visit Crafted’s website. Special events for the month of June include the first TNT, dad projects for Father’s Day weekend and an Americana-themed workshop with projects complete in time for the Fourth of July.