Three Businesses In One
Women Store Owners Merge Locations
The Brindle Barn Co., Designs by Ashley and Cynde B Photography celebrated the opening of their shared location with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, an event that was attended by Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi and State Assemblyman Andy Goodell.
The three businesses, located at 38 N. Main St., are owned by three local artists, Jennifer Olsen Allen, Ashley Sandberg and Cynde Johnson. The three women have known each other for a while and agreed to share the lease, splitting the cost.
“My old location was dark and dreary and it wasn’t very welcoming to customers,” Johnson said. “The three of us started talking about our desires and we connected, and now here we are.”
Along with customized and hand-made jewelry, signs and other crafts, the shops also offer a photography studio and art classes. Allen, who owns The Brindle Barn Co., is the organizer of the art classes that range from candle making to painting to Halloween decorations, and she tries to get out of town artists to teach the classes.
“We don’t want to compete or steal anything from The Biodome,” Allen said. “They’re a great group and we want to support all the local businesses, which is why we try to get artists from out of town.”
The women are working on a play area for children, so parents can know their children are safe while they shop or take a class. The area is fenced in and will have a variety of activities for children so they remain in sight and have no chance of wandering off.
“It will really give parents peace of mind while they shop,” Allen said.
Johnson said all three women make their works personal, and they focus mostly on weddings when it comes to personalizing.
“We work well together. We compliment each other,” Johnson said. “We all do specialized events for weddings, so you can do painting, design your own jewelry for bridal parties and get your own photography.”
The stores are open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the classes still being taught throughout the week, even on days when the shops are closed.
“A lot of people downtown get out of work at around 5 p.m.,” Allen said. “So we wanted to give them that extra hour. Our whole idea for the gift shop area is to allow people to come grab something for any event that has a more personal touch.”