There’s a new little red barn open for business in Walnut Cove. Lauren Byron launched Byron Barn last month and kicked off the venture with a private wine tasting. The venue, located at 1159 N. Main Street, plans to offer the community a place for intimate weddings, bridal showers, reunions and parties.
Byron said she wanted to build a place designed specifically for small gatherings.
“I was inspired by two different friends in the Walnut Cove area that said there isn’t a place to use or rent for small parties. One of the ladies said she wanted to rent it for her daughter’s wedding in August,” Byron said.
Byron and her husband Charles began working on an existing barn they owned and added a bathroom, kitchenette with a full sized refrigerator and freezer and an 8 x 8 bridal room.
The two worked with a local inspector to insure things were done correctly and dug footers, framed walls and added a new tin roof.
“The Town of Walnut Cove was so easy and pleasant to work with. They really have a ‘how can we help’ type of mindset. We even had the fire marshal out to tell us what size fire extinguisher and how many emergency light up signs we needed,” she said.
Byron, who opened Market on Main in downtown Walnut Cove, which is known for paint and sip classes along with networking and pop up sales, is transitioning that business to the new barn.
“The square footage on the two buildings is almost identical,” she said.
The barn is bustling with events and is also offering line dance sessions each Monday, which are open to the public.
“I would love to see small wedding ceremonies, family reunions and especially Christmas parties being held. We’ll even decorate,” she said. “That’s such a convenience over having all your family members try to crowd into your house and then leave you with a big mess. The holidays can be stressful enough without having to host a party in your own home.”
The barn features a large front porch and includes indoor and outdoor seating. The business offers rentals for the day or at an hourly rate.
“I wanted to provide Walnut Cove with a venue suitable for hosting small events. Not everybody wants to invite 200 people to their wedding. If you rent a space that’s too large for your crowd, the space feels empty, not cozy.”
For more information about Byron Barn, visit their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.