FRANKLINTON @ RIVER & RICH
DIY CRAFT & COCKTAIL BAR
Makers Social, located at Franklinton’s brand new River & Rich development, is an interactive bar experience where locals can choose from dozens of awesome DIY crafting projects while enjoying themed cocktails like “Moscow Tools” and, you guessed it, “Screwdrivers”.
(built from the ground up)
In 2014, Megan Pando took an entrepreneurial leap of faith, moved to Columbus, and dove head first credit card debt to start her first business, Studio 614, knowing her idea would flourish into a joyful Bob Ross-inspired “paint n’ sip” art studio supported by the wonderful community of SoHud (university district) just north of downtown Columbus. Studio 614 still stands today as a small private event space and BYOB art studio offering canvas painting classes and DIY workshops.
In 2019, Megan signed the lease to open this “sister studio”, Makers Social here in Franklinton. With a gratefulness for the social community which art school at the University of Cincinnati brought her, she wanted to give the gift of “art school” to Columbus, bringing a similar environment with workbench tables, more than 30 DIY projects available, and a full bar.
“Studying fine arts is a totally different college experience for us artists. We were given giant studios with endless supplies and tools to create things TOGETHER as a group. We’d often pick up a 6-pack of beer and head into the studios. Some of us would be screen printing, others would be painting, while the rest are building sculptures. It was a beautiful experience of making things in a social setting and supportive community with other artists. It’s something I want everyone to experience, not just those who consider themselves creative.”
In January of 2020, Makers Social officially opened its doors to the public! We’re proud to stand by our mission to provide an environment where our guests can be truly present with one another to laugh together, make stuff, and feel accomplished in their projects.
HOW IT WORKS:
Step 1) Reserve a Spot
Step one is to choose a day / time to visit Makers Social (same day reservations are usually OK depending on availability). Click the button below to make a no-cost reservation and reserve your seat. Have a large group? Click here for group reservations.
Step 2) Grab a Drink (optional + encouraged)
Makers Social offers a full service bar loaded with unique cocktails that pair well with power tools. Premium spirits by local Ohio breweries and distilleries like Watershed, Brewdog, Rhinegeist and more. Our venue is kid-friendly so no need to leave the kiddos at home!
Step 3) Pick Your Project
Our project menu has something for every human, pet, and baby in Columbus, Ohio. Anyone can become a maker at Makers! Choose from our huge list of projects ranging from jewelry making to laptop cases, woodworking, pet clothing and so much more.
Step 4) Have Fun & Make It
After choosing a project and/or drink from our menus, Makers staff will provide you with all of the materials, tools and guidance you need. Grab a seat and get ready to channel your inner Bob Ross / Tim The Toolman Taylor /Genevieve Gorder.