by Carly Nichols
One of the trickiest things about being an adult is knowing if you are making the right decisions. Life is full of choices (though some may be less important than others), and can affect your whole family.
No one knows this better than Kayci Zimmerman, owner of The Pink Barn Company in Dunkirk. Deciding to make an essential change for her family, she opened an online version of the boutique in October 2021. Though she still worked as a nurse, this helped cut down the irregular shifts she was working and allowed her more time for family.
When she started the digital company, Zimmerman didn’t aspire to create a brick-and-mortar business, at least not right away. However, throughout the year, she and her husband, Dustin, a farmer, began receiving phone calls from Dunkirk native Rock Fuqua. He heard about the boutique and was interested in having a shop like this in a storefront he owned.
At first, the Zimmermans weren’t sure if a store was a leap they were ready to make. Labor Day weekend approached, and Zimmerman was trying to decide what to do with her business. Fuqua happened to reach out to her again, and something felt right. “Maybe this is God’s way of telling me Dunkirk is where I need to be,” she said, recalling the unexpected call.
The storefront officially opened in October on Dunkirk’s Main Street. While she is a one-person show, she counts her aunt and best friend as appreciated, but unofficial, employees. She also credits the support of her amazing husband and their teamwork.
When you stop into the store, you will be able to find a variety of unique, comfortable clothing. “I’m all about comfort,“ Zimmerman stated. There are knick-knacks, jewelry, lip balms and other beauty essentials on hand. If you like home décor, she always has Barn on Boundary candles in stock. Though it’s not available yet, plans are to sell freezer meat in the shop.
Bargain shoppers will want to check out her 15% off rack near the register. For a special treat, you can grab one of your girlfriends to accompany you to a Pink Barn Company ladies’ night. She holds the event quarterly with guest vendors, snacks and a fun atmosphere. Depending on interest, Zimmerman might even have candle-pouring classes in the future.
The Pink Barn Company is located at 209 S. Main St. in Dunkirk. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, follow them on Facebook at The Pink Barn Co.
CARLY NICHOLS is marketing and communication coordinator at Jay County REMC.