We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
As a kid, there were two things that were very clear: I was artistic and was great around kids. I decided to become a teacher and in those really stressful years, I found balance in creativity. So here I am persuing a dream business that helps others find a balance and therapy in art! It’s quite rewarding!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My DIY Workshop is a place for people to unload. We guide you step by step on how to make beautiful home decor pieces. It is unlike those sip and canvas places, because you will leave loving what you did! It is so simple. We have the ability to create whatever is in your mind. I am not attached to a corporate office telling me which projects to offer and when. If you have an idea, let’s run with it and make it happen! Starting a business is not easy. I never had to run a business or market myself before so I found those things challenging. Over time, I could see what worked and what didn’t but it still is a learning process.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Arizona is full of fun places to go and experiences to seek! The number one first stop would be to Hammer & Stain! My excitement to show them the shop and have them make something would off the charts. Aside from that, going hiking is high on my list! There are so many different mountains to go hike (a few favorites for me Dreamy Draw, Piestewa Peak, and Camelback) depending on your limits. In the fall, you have to attend an ASU game. The crowd’s energy mixed with game day anticipation is such a thrill! Spring training games are also something to try! Making your way down to Central Phoenix in the downtown vibe will take you to a small town feel with great restaurants like Joyride, Postino, and Federal Pizza. The margaritas at Joyride are amazing! If you want more upbeat, try Old Town Scottsdale. There literally is so much to do in this area, but you could extend the experiences up north to cooler weatherand try places like Sedona, The Grand Canyon, the Four Corners, Antelope Canyon. I mean really, sooo much to experience and not enough time!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Kelly is my shoutout! This girl is like a tornado coming through in personality, passion, ideas, and drive. Her mentorship is everything needed on days where you need someone or just feel stuck.

Website: www.hammerandstainphx.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hammerandstainphx/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HammerandStainPhx
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/hammer-and-stain-phoenix-phoenix?osq=hammer+%26+stain+phoenix

Image Credits
Hammer & Stain

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