Sunday, August 24, 2008

Marlborough Barn Closing

I was saddened to learn in a recent letter mailed to customers, that Marlborough Barn has closed its doors. As of this date, they are marking down prices on the entire stock of merchandise to prepare for a Retirement Sale, reopening for an invitation-only sale on August 26th, 27th & 28th and to the general public from August 29th through Labor Day.

Marlborough Barn was a natural for inclusion in the Shopping Picnic section of Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket ~ the quality and variety of merchandise is unequaled, and the picturesque property, including duck pond with picnic tables makes picnicking a visual and relaxing experience.

Here is my opening chapter: "This may be a 'shopping picnic," but at Marlborough Barn it is also much more. As we wander through the Village, we discover treasures we didn't even know we wanted, oddities we have not seen anywhere else, and enough ideas to boggle the decorating mind."

On a personal note, I have been visiting this Connecticut Landmark with family and friends for as long as we can remember. For us, The Barn was always more than a destination; it was an event. One that will be missed.


Anonymous said...

I was really sad to find out this information as well.

On another note, this is a really cool blog. Loaded with great information. I look forward to subscribing to your posts, along with reading your book.

I stumbled across your blog by accident on Google when researching the Marlborouth Barn.

Carol of Marlborough, CT.

Jan Mann said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for your comments. I am glad you found my blog.

Yes, The Barn will be missed by a lot of folks from near and far. I recently visited the Old Saybrook Country Barn and was pleased to see how much it resembled the Marlborough Barn in both design and quality of merchandise.

However, it did not have the quite the same feel as it was void of the "penny candy" and all the small miscellaneous items found in The Barn and other old time country stores.


The Shops at Marlborough Barn said...

Greetings! I was wondering if you knew that The Shops at Marlborough Barn are open, including the penny candy! It is now an antique venue, many fabulous things can be found there! A great place to visit, many beautiful displays! Come visit!

Jan said...

I apologize for not answering your comment immediately. I'm not sure how this post got by me.

In the 3rd Edition of Cruising Connecticut, published in 2012, the Marlborough Barn chapter was replaced by The Shops at Marlborough Barn. I personally visited and found it very enjoyable.

Best of Luck