When Vicky Marsala opened Red Barn Company Store in Waunakee in 2013, it was simply a fun outlet for her to sell her favorite vintage finds as well as holiday décor. Her small shop was only open a few days a week, since she worked full-time in the real estate industry. But slowly, the shop became more popular and demanded more of Marsala’s time. By the end of 2014, it became clear that Marsala needed to pursue her part-time passion—full-time.
So she left her real estate job, moved Red Barn into a larger spot and expanded the shop hours. With Marsala’s experience in both fine jewelry sales and real estate, she was able to combine all of her expertise into her shop, selling home décor, Pandora jewelry, a bit of clothing and even some vintage finds still mixed in: “it’s really so many stores in one,” affirms Marsala.
Find lots of lake-inspired goods by Lakegirl clothing (hoodies, hats and T-shirts), custom Madison lakes wall hangings and trays (made especially for Red Barn), mineral and clay paint brands Fusion Minerals and Debbie’s Design Diaries DIY Paint, Vera Bradley handbags and totes, and hand-poured soy candles by 1803. It’s a little something for everyone, but with a hand-picked touch.
The shop’s “modern farmhouse” vibe as Marsala puts it, is reflected in the wood- look flooring, brick walls (that are part of the building next door’s original 1800’s structure) and on-trend décor, ranging from faux florals to framed artwork to furniture with a slightly distressed patina. Marsala’s enthusiasm for finding new items for her customers and helping them locate the ideal gift or house accessory is clear: “I love that people come in and the things we have can make their home more of a joy for them,” says Marsala. “It’s all about the guest experience.”
114 E. Main St. Suite 107, Waunakee. redbarncompanystore.com
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