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Bub’s Barn Changes Hands And Addison County Welcomes Peter Stevens
photo by Photo ProvidedStanding together in front of the barn that continues to serve Addison County and the Champlain Valley's furniture needs are Scott Delorme, Shawn Thomas, Bub Crosby, new owner Peter Stevens, Belinda Curler and Meg Crosby. The deal is official and starting October 1st, Bub's Barn became Big Barn Home Center!
photo by Photo ProvidedBub and Meg are joined by Lucy the family pet.
Tuesday October 7, 2014
By Cookie Steponaitis
The big red barn that has been in the Crosby family for sixty years and anchored the corner of New Haven Road and East Street in Vergennes has a new owner and shows once again that while many things change even more still stay the same. Bub’s Barn changed hands on October 1, 2014 and the Crosby’s passed on the 16,000 square feet historic barn to new owner Peter Stevens.
The barn was originally the center of livestock sales in Addison County and was linked to agriculture and cows from 1949-1986. Many locals grew up around the barn and even this reporter had her first paying job at the age of seven in Crosby’s Commission Sales. Bub and Meg took ownership in 1986 and it took three years to renovate the barn from a functioning cattle barn to a commercial space that would serve as Bub’s Barn for the next two and a half decades. And with the motto of ‘The cows paid for the barn so you don’t have to’ the Crosby’s built a loyal following for their furniture quality, selection and service. Aided by long time staff members Belinda Curler, Scott Delorme and Shawn Thomas, Bub’s Barn served the area and the Crosby’s were strong patrons and supporters of the community. “This changing of hands of the business is a positive blessing to us all,” remarked the Crosby’s. “We want to thank the community for allowing us to be a part of you for so long and for the privilege of being a part of the town and region. We are delighted that the barn will continue to be a vibrant part of community life and welcome Peter Stevens as the new owner.”
Peter Stevens is a Vergennes resident and sees it as coming home. “It has always been my goal to have a furniture store here,” explained Stevens. “I asked Bub and Meg twelve years ago if I could buy the business and now the time is right.” Stevens has been in the furniture business for twenty five years and has a successful and growing business Underprice Warehouse in Essex Junction. Patrons can expect to see the same quality in his Vergennes store Big Barn Home Center that the Crosby’s carried and new and exciting offerings as well. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Stevens is expanding the offerings at the store to include an increasing assortment of better value lines, home good products including towels, sheets, and offers a twelve month no interest financing. Stevens who literally lives across the yard from his new business in Crosby Court is “sharpening up prices” and guarantees nationwide the lowest prices. If a customer can find a lower price on a product, even on the Internet bring it in and he will match it.
Welcoming you to the new Big Barn Home Center will be the same smiling faces of Belinda, Scott and Shawn, who are staying on continuing the legacy of product, service and selection that was the hallmark of the Crosby family and the foundation of the new Big Barn Home Center. It is a changing of the guard, passing of the torch and yet open and ready to meet the needs of the community as always with care, service and a passion for furniture. Things are hopping down at the big barn so come on in and meet Peter Stevens and if by chance you see Bub and Meg Crosby when they move to Middlebury in their new home share a memory, smile and then come on down and see what is exciting and new at the big barn on New Haven Road or call Peter Stevens at the same phone number (802) 877-2839.
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