The Cottage Barn, owned and operated by young entrepreneur Devin Crisman, is a distinctive business that offers an eclectic mix of products and services to its clientele. There you can find anything from custom painted furniture designs to handmade gifts and décor items all the way to a homemade scoop of delicious ice cream.
In 2013, The Cottage Barn opened its doors as a specialty custom painted furniture and décor store, featuring the world-renowned and widely popular Annie Sloan Chalk Paint line of products. The vision was to bring these products, most commonly found in larger cities such as Richmond or Raleigh, to small-town Clarksville and teach a community about all its amazing possibilities to re-love their old family furniture heirlooms. The store also featured traditional home décor and gifts.
The Cottage Barn is open seven days a week with hours that change seasonally. They average employment of four to six part time employees throughout the year. In this process, Devin has found a passion for mentoring and empowering the community’s young people, especially young women. Since 2015 she has hired and trained over thirteen high school and college students, leading and guiding them into new experiences and responsibilities that will be essential to any future career they may choose.
Customers will find that The Cottage Barn is a retail venue offering locally handmade signs, candles, soaps, driftwood creations, and much more. They proudly serve as a stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which was acquired through a very competitive process when the store first opened in 2013. The Cottage Barn features their painted or what they refer to as re-loved furniture. Flowing alongside the retail area of the store is the award-winning ice cream parlor and café.
Named 2016 Reader’s Choice for the best ice cream, the parlor offers twenty flavors of Homestead Creamery Ice cream. The Homestead Creamery, located in Burnt Chimney, Virginia, is made up of a network of small, locally owned dairy farms run by families who believe in the value of an honest day’s work. Each family is dedicated to the quality of life for the cows and the quality of products for their customers. Every scoop of ice cream is made with high-quality milk from happy cows. You can count on full flavor, minimal pasteurization, no added hormones, and no antibiotics. Also, from the original 1900's hand-built counter turned bar customers can order hot dogs, nachos, BBQ sandwiches, soups, and muffins.
Adjacent from the parlor is the stock of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint where customers can have a one on one consultation with a knowledgeable trained employee helping them with their chalk paint needs. This may include discussing with them our in-house Chalk Painting services where customers can bring their furniture large or small to our workshop area where we will re-love it back to life. Their services include small repairs, multiple chalk painting techniques, waxing, buffing, and refinishing or replacing hardware. Sometimes things are broken, beaten up, or mistreated but at The Cottage Barn they take things that already exist and love them back to life. In addition to their own finds they purchase unwanted furniture from consumers for an agreed to fee. The Cottage Barn has always been ahead of the curve on recycling and reusing instead of buying new when it comes to home furnishings.
In their multi functional workshop, they offer classes of many types catered to all age groups. A few classes that they currently offer are Annie Sloan 101, which teaches the basics of chalk painting, "Bring your own Piece" furniture workshops, group canvas painting, and wooden monogram painting. Customers can pick from any of the classes offered and have a private event such as a Birthday Party, business meeting, or church social. The regularly hire local talented instructors to teach their talents in special classes.
The Cottage Barn also offers off-site event food services. They bring their own equipment and customize a menu that fits the event attendee’s desires. Their off-site menu currently consists of cheeseburgers, hot dogs, bologna burgers, corn dog nuggets, hand cut french fries, BBQ, nachos, popcorn, and cotton candy. They also serve their famous Homestead Creamery Ice Cream at these off-site events.
In 2019, the business expanded by adding a mobile food trailer to there wide array of services. Music events, town festivals, and sporting events are some of the places you may see the bright yellow “Cottage Barn” ice cream/food truck. They are currently booking for the 2020 season if you would like to request an event for them to attend.
Awarded Clarksville Lake Country Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year for 2017, The Cottage Barn plans to continue to provide goods and services that will enhance the customers and employees social, emotional, and spiritual wellness.