SIDNEY — There’s a new business in downtown Sidney.
Lifelong resident Tricia Allen has opened a new shop — From the Barn — at 114 N. Ohio Ave. The store, which was started in her home, specializes in primitive home decor.
“We also do gift baskets, gift mugs, and that kind of thing. We do special order for those,” said Tricia.
The gift baskets and mugs are constructed around a variety of themes and special occasions. The store also offers a wide variety of wax melts and room sprays.
When they found out that the Primitive Peddler, the former store at that location, was closing they worked out a deal to acquire some of the inventory and bringing their own inventory to occupy the storefront.
“We did a lot of renovation, painting and carpeting. We also added some mood lighting and adopted a more open floor plan,” said Mike Allen, Tricia’s husband and partner the business.
The store is currently open Tuesday to Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The couple currently has other occupations but is working toward working full-time at the store. The store will be closed Saturday, Nov. 12, as they have a booth at the Charity League Craft Show.
“My husband retires in five years, and it’s our plan to do it full-time, if not sooner. We’ll see how it goes. It’s possible that in the near future he would continue to work, and I’d just be there full-time,” said Allen.
The couple has big plans for the business. They hope to add a coffee bar and Christian bookstore to the inventory they currently offer.
The store offers free coffee during the Saturday hours.
They are also in the process of beginning what they call the “Sidney Collection.” This will be centered around different sites in Shelby County and Jacket Pride. An independent vendor will maintain this inventory.
Tricia is excited to be offering her business in her hometown.
“My husband, Mike, and I have been married almost seven years. I have a son, Austin, in college. I’ve lived here my whole life. This is a hometown thing for me,” said Allen.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.