Molly and Greg Barrett know flowers.
In 2018, they bought the old Poplar Flower Shop, renaming it Maggie & Moe’s Poplar Flowers & Decor. And last year, the couple took over the flower and gift shop at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Now the Terre Haute couple are developing their business acumen in events, buying The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm on the east side of town. The barn will remain an event center for weddings, family reunions and other events, but the property will also contain a cafe, florist and space with a private bar for hire.
“It wasn’t so much about being an event center, but just the property itself. Greg and I have loved this property forever. We actually looked at it when we came back for the premiere. time in Terre Haute in 2003,” said Molly Barrett.
“The barn was not restored at the time, but there was a bread and breakfast here. I was pregnant with my youngest and had two other children and we should have lived here and he there was not [event] came back,” she said, “but we always said somebody had to fix that barn and make it an event center.”
The 4,000 square foot red post-and-beam barn was built in 1840. Curtis and Marilyn Oehler purchased the property in 2006 and the barn was restored in 2007. Their daughter and son-in-law, Gretchen and Kris Kraut, then operated The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm and Butler’s Pantry Food Co.
The Boches have since opened Federal Coffee + Fine Foods in downtown Terre Haute.
“We weren’t in the market at all. I was talking to Gretchen Kraut in the flower shop one day and she told me The Red Barn was for sale. So all day I was like, hmmm. So I talked to Greg about it and he said what do we need to do to make it happen,” Barrett said. “That was the end.”
The Barretts closed on the property on January 18.
The Red Barn was already 80% booked for events this year, but the Krauts had no events booked for 2023 and 2024, Barrett said. Now booking is open again for future weddings, gatherings and events.
The Butler’s Pantry will also continue to host events planned for this year and will continue to be a caterer for The Red Barn.
“The barn part will remain as is and we will not do anything new to it,” she said. The red barn can accommodate 152 people on its ground floor, with another 40 people in a loft.
However, the front part of the barn, which contains a bar and can accommodate an additional 40 people, has been redecorated. This space will be known as Patrick’s at The Red Barn, named after their son.
“It can be used for rehearsal dinners, graduation parties, and other events,” she said.
Their son Patrick died of cancer in March 2016 at the age of 19. They also have two daughters, Maggie and Maureen, whose name is Moe. Maggie is studying elementary education at Indiana State University, while Moe is a senior at Terre Haute High School North Vigo and plans to attend Butler University in the fall.
Plans for Patrick’s at the Red Barn include beer tastings and other events.
“We want to offer different tastings of beer, wine and bourbon. We have a two-way liquor license and we could apply for a three-way license, or maybe have a catering service. We thought to something we might call ‘bourbon, burgers and beers in the barn,’” she said.
The reason? Greg Barrett’s brother, Terre Haute Police Department Sergeant Kevin Barrett, is among the co-owners of Responder Bourbon, founded by a team of police officers and business professionals in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Greg Barrett is a teacher and head football coach at South Vermillion High School.
The couple have hired Amber Gremore to be the events manager at The Red Barn and plan to hire eight to 10 part-time high school or college employees to work at the adjacent 3,000 square foot farm to operate a flower shop. / Coffee.
“It wasn’t the right time to do this with young kids, but we knew this year was the right time,” Molly Barrett said. “It’s scary to be in a new company, of course, but I’d say the four of us are super excited about it.”
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