The Barn and Cabin Corner
08/02/2011 05:54AM ● Published by Style
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
The Barn is an unusual destination, specializing in antiques, collectibles, goods with character, decorative and vintage iron, architectural finds, yard/garden supplies and more. You’ll find treasures from the past for your lifestyle today! We feature two distinctive and charming styles, “rustic to refined” and Cabin Corner’s vintage cabin/favorite retreat, blended into one setting – a historic 1908 milking barn. We also feature Big Iron Garden, which is retired logging equipment turned into an oasis…a must see! Reneé Hargrove and David Thomson created The Barn on a shoestring in 2008. It has been enhanced by them, along with Jean and Max Frigault of Cabin Corner.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
I was a holiday gift wrapper at Macy’s in San Bruno. I learned to be creative, hone my customer service skills and to be quick with quality. I then went into a hospital environment where I learned the importance of compassion, thoroughness and administrative/public relations skills.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We are global El Dorado County volunteers, but specifically, in Historic El Dorado, I am involved in event planning, fundraisers, publicity and coordination. The Barn donates auction items (in limited supply) to help raise money for good causes as well as attend events. We also feature artisans to promote the cottage industry. Our customers become friends, and they have helped in our success because they are loyal and unique. We cater to, and welcome, each and every customer who comes through our doors.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
We value our customers. Our philosophy is to offer hospitality, creativity and a sense of fun. We work hard to find and feature cool stuff to fit every budget, so customers can find that “perfect thing!” The Barn and Cabin Corner offer value, unique items and exceptional customer service in an old-fashioned mercantile setting.
And finally, customer service is…?
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