Shoppers looking for a whimsical buying experience should look no further than one of Valpo’s newest stores, the Bargain Barn, Inc. The store boasts 21,000 square feet of high quality home and garden décor, furniture, clothing, accessories, even building materials, and so much more. Run by sister and brother team Tevlyn Schwerd, Creative Director, and Nick Schwerd, General Manager, the Bargain Barn brings unique items at super affordable pricing.
The name indicates a casual, relaxed setting for your shopping experience and that is entirely the goal of the store. “We’re not really formal with business here,” stated Tevlyn, “That’s the environment and mood we want [for our shoppers]. Part of our charm is that we talk to everybody.” Both Tevlyn and Nick bring a Disney background to atmosphere of the store, having trained as “merchantainers” at the theme park, learning how to cater to their customers. “It’s all about the customer,” Nick said, “Once you step on “stage”, you bring your A game.” Tevlyn and Nick have passed this mindset along to their staff, making interactions with the customers a vital part of the Bargain Barn experience, not only to ensure a happy shopping experience but also to get feedback on their products. “We use a lot of customer feedback in how we price our materials,” stated Chris Stevenson, Online Sales.