If you live in Texas, you’ve seen a Quonset barn – although you may not be aware that’s what they’re called. These structures made of corrugated steel are typically long and semi-circular in shape. They’re also the inspiration behind the name of The Silver Barn, owned by Cynthia Sutton-Stolle, who had never seen one before moving to Columbus, Texas after living in Chicago for 15 years. After years of being in the retail business (working for Montgomery Ward and later as the VP of marketing for Claire’s Accessories), Cynthia noticed there weren’t a lot of places to shop in Columbus – so she decided to open her own store in 2008. In 2017, The Silver Barn came to Round Top.
Boasting an eclectic mix of unique gifts, food and home décor, The Silver Barn is stocked with items Cynthia would love to own herself, all while breaking with Round Top’s tradition of offering vintage and antique pieces. “My main focus is to show folks how they can mix the old with the new,” she says.
Nutmeg’s Kids Shoppe is located within The Silver Barn, and offers clothing, toys and gifts for children. The shop was named after a whitetail deer, Nutmeg, that Cynthia had raised on her farm.
Owning a business in Round Top means meeting people from all corners of the globe, and Cynthia says that’s what she enjoys most about being a part of our community. She loves the variety of people she has a chance to meet as a local business owner and finds that the Round Top Area Chamber of Commerce is helpful in bringing business owners across Round Top together, creating a network of peers with similar interests. “It’s easy to get lost in your own world and your own situation when you own a business,” she says. “The Chamber does a good job of introducing you to other people in your industry, and we all support each other.”