November is ‘Thanks & Giving’ to YOU!

It seems that The December Holidays start earlier and earlier every year. It is only the beginning of November and already there is Holiday inventory on the shelves everywhere!  However, before the excitement and mania of the Holidays become center stage, The Barn will again celebrate the month of November with our annual Thanks &…

The Barnie Boutiques

I am a long-time lover, and shopper, of antique and vintage items. Both of my parents are originally from the East Coast and growing up in my house meant living with Queen Anne furniture and bedroom sets that my parents had as children. By the way, those bedroom sets are still around in my parent’s…

‘Girl’s Night Out’ was a BLAST!!

We all love a good party!! I have to say that our “Sip, Sample ‘n Shop” Girl’s Night Out event this past Friday night was a HUGE success!!  We saw many familiar faces as well as many new ones…it is such a delight to entertain our loyal customers!  We have always liked to try to…

Family and Loyal Customers at The Barn!

I know I brag about your Loyal Barnie Merchants at The Barn in Castle Rock, Colorado all the time, but I don’t think I have ever asked them to tell you why they do business at The Barn.  I asked each merchant to tell me in about 2 sentences why they stay at The Barn…

Preconceived Notions

I have been a little lazy about writing lately….not because I don’t like to write, but rather I have been traveling! Recently, my older son Alex talked me into going to Florida for an impromptu road trip.  I have been researching places to ‘retire’ (not that I will EVER really retire) and places in Florida…

Slow down and Savor

Do you ever find that the best things in life are savored slowly….? I know that many  times I need to concentrate and just slow down and enjoy what is in front of me….take a deep breath and be aware of what I am doing….like reading a good book by a favorite author, eating an…

Happy New Year to Old and New Friends!

I’ve noticed something lately…while I consider myself to be the same basic person that I always remember, I have also changed somewhat.  Ever since I became more of a ‘nomad’, people seem to be more open to engage with me…or maybe it is the other way around. A little over 1 and ½ years ago…

Thankful for Defining Moments

Yesterday morning I had a defining moment.   I was waiting for my parents to call and let me know that they were coming over to pick me up for an outing we had planned.  I had specifically remembered my Mother telling me that we ‘should plan on being early’.  We were going to a local…

Seeing things for the first time.

I had the pleasure of taking my parents out to a wonderful brunch here in the Phoenix area for Father’s Day.  I had mistakenly assumed that there would be a multitude of brunches celebrating Father’s Day (just like Mother’s Day), but I was wrong…Father’s Day celebrations by restaurants consist of dinner with 16 ounce porterhouse…

Celebrating 16 Years of Small Business Magic!

May, 2014 marks the 16th anniversary of the opening of The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops.  That’s right, The Barn opened the doors to the public 16 years ago…seems like yesterday. The Barn has grown immeasurably over the past decade and has become a significant part of the community as well as a fairly big…