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New Owner of Downtown DIY is Welcomed with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration

New Owner of Downtown DIY is Welcomed with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Lauren Markley, the new owner of Downtown DIY. To celebrate this exciting transition, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Downtown DIY, located at 211 West Market Street in Bluffton on October 3.

Lauren Markley, a Bluffton native who returned to her beloved small town after years in Texas, has taken the helm of Downtown DIY. Her journey back to Bluffton was driven by a deep appreciation for the community’s tight-knit atmosphere. The dream of owning a downtown business has been a longstanding aspiration for Lauren, and when the opportunity to acquire Downtown DIY arose, she seized it without hesitation.

Downtown DIY specializes in offering instructional courses for creating custom signs and various DIY projects. These courses are perfect for team-building events, girls’ nights out, date nights, and offers options for men, including custom cornhole boards. Additionally, the venue provides a selection of beer and wine options to enhance your event experience.

The process is made convenient through their user-friendly online platform, where customers can choose from a wide array of customizable options. Once an order is placed online, Downtown DIY prepares the framing, stencil, and materials required for the session. While customers have the freedom to customize their creations beyond the online selections, the Downtown DIY team provides guidance every step of the way to ensure a fantastic end result. Session durations typically range from two to four hours, depending on the project’s complexity.

Downtown DIY encourages guests to book their sessions in advance, but they also offer open events that anyone can join. The variety of items available for customization includes porch signs, porch flower boxes, trays, toy boxes, small tables, stools, lazy Susans, chairs, spice racks, shelves, and more. These items make excellent gifts for weddings, birthdays, and other special occasions. For those who prefer a hassle-free experience, Downtown DIY is happy to assemble projects on their behalf.

Lauren Markley is determined to contribute to the vibrancy of downtown Bluffton by providing a space for engaging and enjoyable activities. Her future plans include launching a summer program for kids, offering a range of projects for children to participate in throughout the week.

All of Downtown DIY’s offerings, events, and booking information can be found on their website at and their Facebook page. For inquiries, please contact Downtown DIY at 260-353-1141.

Join the excitement and connect with others at Downtown DIY’s workshops, private parties, DIY at Home Kits, or request custom projects, and be sure to keep an eye out for their special events that promise unforgettable experiences for all.

Pictured in the photo left to right:
Kevin Pritchard, Ruoff Mortgage, Chamber Ambassador
Kevin Sills, Farm Bureau Insurance, Chamber Ambassador
Erica Lehman, Coldwell Banker-Holloway, Chamber Ambassador
Audry Dudley, Bluffton NOW!
Heather Morgan, National Oil & Gas, Chamber Ambassador
April Claghorn, Flagstar Bank
Jeremy Penrod, Edward Jones, Chamber Ambassador
Lauren Markley, Downtown DIY
Keith Muhlenkamp, First Merchants Bank, Chamber Ambassador
Seth Markley, Downtown DIY
Michael Lautzenheiser, Bluffton NOW!
Erin Prible, Executive Director, Wells County Chamber of Commerce

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