LOCATION: 400 3rd Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104
My Barnie Karma
We are blissfully busy and happy at The Barn this time of year. We have many scheduled events coming up for our customers and happy holiday shoppers visiting us every day. I have to pinch myself sometimes to remind myself that this kind of joy should never be taken for granted. You see, there was kind of a short term ‘blip’ in my ownership of the Barn.
My Crazy Landlord had a partner and she was paying close attention. About a year after I opened The Barn, it became clear that my new business had some definite merit….that being said, I was sadly at the mercy of my Lease.
See where this is going?
Unfortunately I was unable to negotiate a new lease (that I could financially live with) so, with a heavy heart, I was forced to simply walk away from my pride and joy. As you can well imagine, I had a hard time with this, but I had had no idea that The Barn would capture the imagination of so many people so quickly. I had built up this wonderful business and I had no choice but to hand it over to someone else.
It destroyed me.
Karma is a word that I have learned to respect. I always figure that there are some things that I can’t control, so I need to let go and see out the story plays out. There is a wonderful freedom in letting go…so, when I lost The Barn, I did just that….I let go.
A few months later I started receiving phone calls from many of the tenants that I had left behind. It seemed that something was very wrong at The Barn and they needed my help. I won’t go into specifics here but suffice it to say that “something smelled very rotten in Denmark”…by the way, what does that mean exactly?
Anyway, to make a distressing story as short as possible, after several months of work (legal and otherwise), I was able to not only get my business back, but I succeeded in also buying the building (my beautiful barn).
The reason I am telling you this story is that during the time I didn’t own my business, the name of the business officially changed to “The Barn”. My Crazy Landlord and I had been calling it “The Barn” since it opened, but the truth of the matter is, I am not responsible for renaming the business from “On The Square Antiques and Specialty Shops” to “The Barn”. I should give credit where credit is due…..NOT! 🙂
See why I respect Karma?