Spectra Credit Union Small Business Spotlight Presents: Red Barn Mercantile
story by LIESEL SCHMIDT | photography courtesy of RED BARN MERCANTILE
As a business owner, Amy Rutherford has been a familiar face in the community since 2007, when she opened Red Barn Mercantile on South Columbus Street. Five years later, she moved the adorable boutique shop to its location on King Street, where she continues to offer customers her trademark selection of unique finds and “everything from a card to a couch.”
Walking up to the navy-blue façade of the store, a bright red door offers entry into this beloved mercantile filled with a carefully curated selection of treasures, including beautiful rugs from Dash & Albert, custom upholstery furniture from Cisco Home and decorative throws and pillows from all over the world. For the kitchen, Rutherford offers serving dishes, cast ironware, bar cart essentials and a wide variety of dishtowels. Gifts are a particular specialty of Red Barn Mercantile. One can easily find a host of candles, puzzles, games, soaps and lotions as well as other gift items for every interest, including specialty toys and gifts for children and babies.
“People love us for the breadth of our selection and the way it's presented,” says Rutherford, who also owns Penny Post, mere steps away on King Street. “We really are a one-stop shop for many—especially in the gift department. From grandma to grandchild, you can find it at Red Barn Mercantile. We are also known for being knowledgeable and welcoming, so people enjoy their shopping experience with us on so many levels.”
Like Red Barn Mercantile, small businesses are the heartbeat of any community. Spectra Credit Union supports small business success through a range of small business loans. From first-time business owners to women- and minority-owned businesses, they strive to provide options that help dreams thrive.