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The Barn – on a mission

BUS-The-Barn2-webFor Victoria Merlington, owner of The Barn, a vintage and consignment shop at the corner of Main and Cherry Streets, in Cedar Springs, her business is about more than just vintage décor. It’s about helping others. All profits from her shop go to help the people of Honduras and her trips there to work with them.

Her passion was ignited 30 years ago when her grandfather went to Honduras and built a school and church. She was a child and wanted to go with him, and finally did in 2001. She worked on an orphanage, and returned annually to feed the poor, build homes, provide dental work, give away shoes, and hand out Bibles to the people.

*BUS-The BarnIn 2004, Victoria held a benefit in memory of her grandmother, who had passed away, and raised funds to build a home for nine orphan boys in Honduras. In 2012, she opened The Barn, in Rockford, as a way to raise the funds she needed for Honduras. She later moved to Cedar Springs, and has held fundraisers to benefit another home she created in Honduras, this time for girls and young moms, called Hannah’s Home, a safe house for girls to be educated in skills, as well as about life, self worth, and purity.

The Barn features upcycled, repurposed and reloved
vintage decor, shabby chic, collectibles, chippy, industrial, leather goods, clothing and accessories. Check them out at 6 S. Main Street Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more info call 616-240-3080.

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