Our Story

BlackBarn is a family owned retail shop just outside Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Established 11.5.20.
At BlackBarn we believe home is much more than just the space we live in. Home is about the people we love, the places we’ve been, and the storied objects with which we surround ourselves; home should be a place that welcomes, comforts, restores, and inspires.

Our shop was born of a dream to provide a unique, rural shopping experience that offers goods to inspire you to create a home that tells your own story. We also believe life happens in the small moments, so we offer items that elevate and celebrate the everyday.
Take a minute to meet our crew: 
John is an adventurer, Brenda a homebody. Together they’ve found a way to not only combine their passions, but also inspire each other. They’ve spent the last 30 years traveling, visiting small shops, bookstores, antique stores, and places off the beaten path—all-the-while gathering and picking things to curate a home that tells their story.
John "picks" all of our antique and vintage pieces in the shop, while Brenda does all of our interior design.
Averi is the one behind our photography, graphic design, marketing, and social media. She helps curate the shop and is always on the lookout for exciting new merchandise. She’s the busy mom of two little boys, Jonah + Samuel.
Chances are if you’ve been to the shop you were greeted at the counter by Donna’s friendly smile. She lends her expertise and experience styling the shop.
She is the mother of two, grandmother of four, and GREAT grandmother of two. One of her greatest values besides her family is home. Growing up, Brenda recalls her mom always making a special effort to make their home a place of comfort and joy, serving as inspiration for BlackBarn.


Autumn is our sweet, gentle shop dog. She is Brenda's shadow and can usually be found napping on the floor of the shop or behind the counter. Auti, as we affectionately call her, has a calm, kind nature and LOVES any attention that comes her way. Be sure to say hello or give her some love while you shop!