Our wonderful, mysterious and magical human hearts represent life….and, especially around the 14th of February, they also represent love.

Last night around 2:00am I was lying in bed trying to go back to sleep when I felt my heart skip a few beats.  This was not a new sensation for me but this time I was laying on my side and I could actually feel my heart…like it was lurching around in my chest.  I wasn’t alarmed as much as startled.  The human heart is the reason that our blood circulates in our bodies.  When a human heart skips a few beats, it could be nothing or it could be a sign that we have met our soul mate.  In my case it was nothing!

I have always thought cupid was cute, but I can’t fathom having my heart shot with an arrow so I will love another person.  Where did this idea come from?  It seems somewhat counterproductive…and somewhat life threatening.  In any event, Cupid tries his very best (especially on February 14th of every year) to bring people together in love.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all for people loving one another, I just think this heart of mine (rolling around in my chest cavity) would have a tough time surviving an actual arrow shot.  🙂

So there we have it…Valentine’s Day is upon us!  Cupids, chocolates, cards and plenty of the color ‘red’ is already everywhere!  This is one of the best times of the year, other than the Christmas Holidays, to embrace the magic in our lives.  Love is a magical thing….we should celebrate it during Valentines but we should act with love every day, all year round.

This idea of trying to show love to others every day of our lives is not a new one.  While we might all agree that feeling ‘love struck’ is beautiful, it takes much more effort to apply the action of love to others….especially on a consistent basis.  After all, the word ‘Love’ is a noun and a verb.  When we say “I love you”, we are realistically saying two things:

  1. I feel affection and/or passion for you in my body (Here “love” is a thing we feel…a noun).
  2. I cherish you and my actions reflect his feeling (Here “love” is more of a verb).

Many people don’t, or can’t, understand this distinction.  Some people even use the word love in frivolous ways….”I love coffee” for example.  Can we really love an inanimate object?  I suppose, but the energy of bestowing these feelings on an inanimate object would be wasted effort…unless the object has some sort of magical heart and soul.

The Merchants at The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops truly love their customers.  We say it ALL the time.  We post it on our blackboards. February Calendar

The Barnie Merchants show their love with consistency…..they work hard all year to bring our loyal customers a unique and magical experience every time they walk in the Barn.  Your Barnie merchants work hard at giving an inanimate object a heart and soul…making The Barn a ‘living thing’.

In return, our customers love us as well…they exclaim “I love the Barn” on Facebook, on Twitter, in emails and in conversation….what they are really saying is that they love their Barnie Merchants and the wonderful shopping experience they provide.  Our customers reflect their love for the Barn every day by coming back and visiting us over and over and over again!

When our fans, friends and loyal customers proclaim that they “love” The Barn….it is true.  While the structure is beautiful, it is the magical heart and soul of The Barn they are referring to.

I guess you could say that Cupid is alive and well all year round in The Barn Antiques and Specialty Shops!

Come visit us and feel the love.  Love, Catherine

Soluxe Decor

We have traveled to the far corners in search of fun, affordable gift ware, artwork, home accents, and one-of-a-kinds – then added a splash of furniture, seasonal items and jewelry. We love the simple things in life mixed with the excitement of exploration, an organic blend of Colorado’s freshness and the exotic world beyond. Please join us as we share our treasures

Paw Paws

The white buffalo

Welcome to The White Buffalo.  Thanks for taking the time to check it out.  It is a store unlike any other, specializing in refurbishing furniture, antique finds, and handmade gifts for you and those you love.

I love the antique look with a splash of color.  We are proud to bring you shabby chic with a twist of unique.

The Gate

Welcome to The Gate! Come on in! Look around and soak it in!  If you have any questions or need help finding what you are looking for, just let me know!

You will find unique and interesting products to suit your cabin and lodge home. Perhaps you are interested in western decor, with a cowboy theme, or farming, even. You can find old tools and implements to compliment a primitive decor. 

Enjoy a pleasant afternoon in your garden, amoungst vintage or new furniture and decor. 

CeCe & Rose

Cece & Rose is as darling and sweet as it sounds! Located in historic downtown Castle Rock inside The Barn, it is truly one of a kind!  You will find some of the latest baby trends in clothing, hair accessories, nursery decor, as well as soft plush, swaddlers, baby booties, children’s jewelry and fun growth development toys.  Our boutique clothing is quality brands and some are locally handmade.  Owner, Kristin Pawlak, is an Interior Designer formally from Chicago.  Her knack for display and merchandising makes it easy to see how items can be paired together, whether it is for baby nursery decor, lighting or clothing accessories.You might run into her twin daughters at The Barn, Cecily & Chloe Rose, in which her shop is named for. 

Bohemian Rags-N-Bags

Bohemian Rags-n-Bags offers:
Unique Bohemian Style Clothing & Accessories, Artisan jewelry, Bags, Hippie clothing, Day dresses, Boho blouses, Tunic tops, Kimono style tops, Gypsy skirts, Yoga wear, Gently used designer jeans & other Boho chic clothing fashions.

Looking for the perfect gift? We also offer a variety of Incense, Scented oils and Candles. 

Take a moment to preview our unique selection…

Shop Bohemian Rags-N-Bags for curious and unique items and gifts for the home!
(Many items handcrafted in India)

The Bee's Knees Antiques & Interiors

The Bee’s Knees Antiques & Interiors specializes in beautiful, hand-picked items that will help turn your house into a haven.  We offer a fresh mix of charming antiques and repurposed furniture, along with vintage accents and home accessories in many styles – from rustic, to French Country, to modern cottage.

Our one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furniture pieces are a labor of love, and will add warmth and personality to your home.

Our inventory is always changing, so stop by often to experience our fun and affordable selection of furniture and home décor!

Coming Home

Coming Home A French and Nature Inspired Mélange. “It’s the way you feel the moment you step in the door, you know…that warm fuzzy feeling…it’s like coming home!”

The Nut Tree

Shirley’s Treasures provides sterling silver, 10K and 14K gold jewelry with genuine stones. This business started 20 years ago and has always been known for providing high quality jewelry at low prices.

French Farm

At French Farm you’ll find beautiful, unusual and very healthy house plants, some big, some small.

We also have a great selection of accessories and tiny plants for your fairy garden or terrarium.

French Farm offers a variety of garden goods. On our front porch you’ll find some great spinners, yard stakes, even some pottery and cement statuaries and garden tools.

Please stop by for a breath of fresh air!

The Nut Tree

All the Comforts of Home – The Feel, The Smell, The Look…

Home Decor & Antiques

Unique Gift Items

The Book Nook

The Book Nook is a unique and fun shopping experience We offer a variety of items to engage both young and not-so-young minds.  Our products include standard bookstore items:  books, journals, stationery, notepads, pens, etc. as well as new and novel products that are constantly being added. 

We carry the largest selection of Jellycat plush toys and books in Castle Rock.  The Book Nook has items to tickle your imagination and challenge your brain.  We think we have a lot to offer so stop by and check us out.  Customers frequently comment that The Book Nook is one of their favorite shops to visit.

I bought The Book Nook to bring new ideas and imagination to The Barn.

The Antique Buffalo

The Antique Buffalo scours the best markets to bring unique and special items to our wonderful town of Castle Rock. We are the go to shop for a one of a kind antique bench, or a high end solid wood dining table. We have stunning artwork ranging from wild horses on framed canvas to framed antique American Flags. We love to travel the country looking for one of a kind dining tables and European accessories. Our shop also carries beautiful botanical candles made locally as well as Joanna Gaines’ very exclusive line of candles and home fragrances. Looking to redecorate your home?  We offer furniture, artwork, lighting, home decor, pillows and accessories in addition to clothing and specialty jewelry. We are known as a luxury, specialty shop with one of a kind finds.

We love our loyal and amazing clients. We have had clients come in for a table and end up furnishing an entire room from our shop. Some of our clients have become great friends of ours and nothing makes us happier than seeing them pop in just to say hello. We are beyond grateful for the loyalty of our wonderful supporters.

Sassy Chic Mamas Boutique

Sassy Chic Mamas brings boutique items made for the Colorado lifestyle directly to you! Our products are handcrafted, locally sourced, and created with love by two Colorado Moms. We offer one-of-a-kind Colorado finds with exclusive designs, including custom, hand-painted elevation signs and boutique items.

Created with locally-sourced reclaimed wood, our signs can be tailored specifically to your needs by a local artist, or you can choose a piece of unique Colorado décor from our collection. We also offer a wide selection of gifts, jewelry, and sassy fashion!

Much Ado Boutique

Much Ado Boutique is for the romantic dreamer in all of us. Our feminine, well curated pieces are created to make our customers feel beautiful each and every day. We hand pick pieces with touches of lace, ruffles and intricate details with the highest quality. Our whimsical clothing can take you from day to evening, or from brunch with the girls to date night on the town.

We carry women’s clothing and accessories; including shoes, jewelry, belts, and bags. We are always adding beautiful new items, so stop in and see us often.

love harper

Here at Love Harper we believe you should embrace your alter ego without feeling the need to alter her. We encourage this through our products with purpose, clothing + accessories that highlight your beauty and uplifting messaging strung throughout. Including supporting fellow small businesses and makers as we are makers ourselves! You will find our own handmade jewelry collection sprinkled throughout the shop! We also offer an extensive do-it-yourself charm bar encouraging you to make your own personalized necklace or bracelet with our handcrafted stamped charms.

We hope to see you soon!

Love Harper 

Our mission is simple- to enable you to feel good. Whether it is a comfy sweater, purchasing that perfect present for a loved one, uplifting messaging with our signs or jewelry, items that make you LOL, beautifully unique home decor or finding something special that speaks to you from other small businesses and makers! 


Welcome to Whitewash home & lifestyle boutique! Where we believe you should surround yourself with beautiful things that make you happy. We are inspired by a diverse mix old and new finds in a rustic and romantic setting of neutral colors and soft textures. Here you will find a unique array of hand painted furniture, lighting, home décor, gifts, fashion, and jewelry. Be sure to reach out and ask about our custom painting services, design services and flat rate furniture delivery.