Anne’s, together with the Old Red Barn, will have a ‘blend’ of home and garden decor
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN With hopes of having something for everybody, Anne Schwartz, owner of Anne’s in downtown Dassel, is getting ready for the opening day of her occasional shop Thursday, July 29.
“We want the store to be a blend of everything,” Schwartz said. Schwartz has teamed up with 10 dealers (some from around the area) who will also have items for sale in her shop, located in the north end of the former Hansen Hardware building on Third Street.
Schwartz previously owned an occasional shop in St. Joseph, but wanted to be closer to her home, north of Hutchinson.
“This will give me more time to enjoy my family and grandkids,” Schwartz said.
Her speciality that she brings to the store is garden ironware, which she drives all the way to Texas to get.
She purchases the ironware brand new in a variety of designs, from lilies and birds’ nests to Harley Davidson signs and tin animals.
The Old Red Barn, an occasional shop that was based out of Linda Atkinson’s barn near Kingston, will be one of the dealers leasing space from Schwartz.
Atkinson and her sister, Gail Held, started the shop together about three years ago and have focused their sales on a mixture of vintage and antiques.
The Old Red Barn also sells an assortment of wooden signs with a variety of quotes and sayings painted on them.
“We want the old, rustic farm feel,” Held said, adding that the sisters will be selling cupolas, found on the roofs of barns.
“Every barn had one, and now, they are garden art,” Schwartz said.
The Old Red Barn will also have old farm machinery from time-to-time, as well, Held said.
Held is excited about this business venture with Schwartz since the downtown Dassel area will allow for more exposure than their previous shop off County Road 37.
Additional items to be available for purchase include refurbished furniture, glassware, jewelry, chandeliers, vintage clothing, collectibles, vintage kitchenware, and much more.
“It’s just a little bit of everything,” Schwartz said, “and it will change every month.”
They will also have garden produce, along with farm-fresh eggs for sale.
Schwartz expects to be open at least one weekend out of the month, with the exceptions of January and February, when the store will be closed.
The first sale will be Thursday, July 29 through Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The August sale will be Thursday, Aug. 26 through Saturday, Aug. 28.
Many of the items purchased for the Old Red Barn are from estate sales and auctions. Schwartz purchases most of her items brand new from contacts throughout the state and US.
Anne’s Garden to feature local art
Painted on the north wall outside in Anne’s Garden will be a completed mural by local art teacher Christine (Arenson) Bickmann.
Bickmann is the Dassel-Cokato Middle School art instructor. She will be spending this week completing a mural for Schwartz.
When completed, the 600- square-foot brick wall will be a backyard scene with mainly trees, Bickmann said, who is hoping to have the mural completed by opening day, depending on the weather.