New Business

The Farm House General Store
By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Farm House General Store Facebook page

Sisters-in-law Tonya House (left) and Marcy Allen (right)

Nestled between a beauty salon and a former barbershop on Pike Avenue in Columbus is a farm house.

To be precise, the Farm House General Store, a new retail shop that opened its doors in May.

Owned and operated by sisters-in-law Marcy Allen and Tonya House, The Farm House carries a fun combination of clothing, accessories, home décor and even furniture, all with a distinct Montana-style. And an atmosphere to match.

With a thick Louisiana accent that makes you immediately smile, Allen greets all customers with a standard “Hey y’all!”

House, who owns Beartooth Ford, brings business sense to the partnership, as well as her own customer-friendly, community-involved approach.

Inventory includes dresses, tops, jeans, shorts, leggings, hats, jewelry, bags and more for infants through plus-sizes from the likes of Sweet Creek Leather, Life Is Good, MT Brand Apparel, Grace and Lace, KanCan, Bunkhouse Pottery out of Reed Point and MT Farmhouse Creations (which is co-owned by former Columbus resident Jayson Robbins, who specializes in making home décor and furniture items out of raw and reclaimed lumber).

In the home décor department, pottery, wall art, furniture, wine tumblers and candles can be found.

The store can make custom T-shirts and recently added an Intrepid embroidery machine, which is allowing the store to expand to custom embroidery.

And don’t forget the cookies, made daily by Allen, whose goal is to bring some joy to everyone that steps foot in the store.

 

FAMILY AFFAIR

The venture is truly a family affair. The space was previously occupied by the CrossFit Palladium Gym and was remodeled by House’s boyfriend, Chris Greb, who also has flexed his creative skills by creating a wooden table and end table. The sales counter was refinished by Allen’s husband, Randy, who also made a repurposed coffee stand.

A sweet woman with a knack for making people feel welcome and at ease, Allen is the heart and soul of the store, manning the shop Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. She gets a break twice a week, thanks to employee Celissa Perry, but as House puts it, “Marcy still makes the cookies every day.”

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