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…

It Snows in the Strangest Places

The shopping days leading up to the first Christmas at The Barn were relatively quiet.  After all, this was a new shopping venue and we needed some time to get established.  However, I would tell you that Christmas Eve was a uniquely beautiful, humorous and busy day of shopping at The Barn. We had had…

More Barn History…Weddings!

I have a history of biting off more than I can chew. Shortly after opening The Barn in Castle Rock I decided to try to turn it into a special event destination.  So, on top of managing a brand new location for an extremely unusual retail business, I wanted to add to the pot by promoting…

Opening Day Picture Treat

I have heard from many of  you asking about my Crazy Landlord. Ok, ok…he was a handsome man…. This picture was taken on Opening day in May, 1998. Obviously, at this time, my business was called “On The Square Antiques and Specialty Shops”. Today, of course, we are “The Barn”! Share

The Magical Music

I have three new members of my Barn team!  They live in the back of the property.  The deal between us is that I provide food and water (no shelter) and they provide music to my ears on a windy day, shade during the low lying sun in the afternoon and a place to hang…

Magic….

I have always been struck by how magical The Barn feels to me.  This beautiful old structure has been in Castle Rock for well over 100 years…like a sentinel overseeing all the changes that have made Castle Rock one of the top places to live in the country.  Pictures of the Barn dating back to…

Learning “small town” ways.

The saga continues…. After I was sufficiently manipulated into signing a lease on the barn, My Crazy Landlord (Steve) gave Mr. Country Palace Antiques exactly 30 days to vacate the premises.  Well, suffice it to say that Mr. Country Palace was definitely not happy with the news that he was being kicked out of the…

Barn vs. Landlord

The idea of leasing The Barn in Castle Rock simultaneously thrilled and terrified me.  At first I did not have a clear idea of how I was going to fill 10,000 square feet, but I knew that I was going to end up trying. As I sat waiting for my future Landlord to meet me…

Let’s start at the very beginning….

In 1996, EBay was a fledgling online auction site that I immediately decided to take advantage of.  I saw ‘dollar sign’ potential.  As I have said before, after moving to Castle Rock in June, 1996 I was instantly intrigued by this huge white barn in downtown Castle Rock.  It kind of loomed over everything else. …

Trivia for a Gift Card!!

Ok , ok…the feedback is “More Barn History Stories”!!  Hmmmm…I think I can up with more of these, but the problem will be deciding which one. Sixteen years ago I moved to Castle Rock with my children and their father. Downtown Castle Rock didn’t have much, but there was this big Barn sitting in the…