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Our Story
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GIVE A LITTLE
MORE THAN
EXPECTED

We started our business by asking people what they wanted. Then we created Urban Barn as a furniture and home décor destination where you get a little more than what you'd expect and can discover what makes a home just right.

DISCOVER AND
SHARE INSPIRATION

We search the world to discover
inspiration for our colours, prints,
textures and ideas. But we also
like to get inspiration close to
home from our customers. This
gives us everything we need to
move into each season creating
collections that excite.

Meet Sébastien Fauteux our Creative Director and the third person to join our company. What inspires him?. “I travel as much as I can just to see what people are doing. I keep a totally open mind to aesthetics - not just in décor but by what surrounds me wherever I go.”

FROM OUR
HOME TO YOURS

A visit to one of our stores should
evoke a sense of curiosity, discovery
and delight. We love to help you feel
confident and excited about the
products you buy from us, and most
importantly we want you to feel right
at home in our home, and in yours.

Our customers are the creators of spaces that reflect their personal style and daily life. “We give you elements to work with and love to help, but instead of saying ‘do this’ we prefer to say, ‘here are the elements that could help you get to where you want to be.”’

REPEAT STEPS 1-3 ALL
OVER THE COUNTRY

We've been growing new Urban Barns
since 1990. Today you'll find us as far west
as Nanaimo, BC to as far east as
Boucherville, Quebec.

HISTORY

Our business started with an idea. Yours.

In 1990 our founders, Rick and Craig, opened the first Urban Barn. Soon they met Sébastien. Sébastien's vivacious character and wildly creative eye is still here with us today.

It's you, our customer that inspired us then, and leads us now. In the beginning, Urban Barn's first customers wondered why couldn't they buy inspiring, quality pieces at a decent price. So that is exactly what we set out to do. It's what we
still do.

We didn't even have a name until we had a location.

Our name came from our first store. It was a beautiful space with rustic wooden floors and a barn-style door and, in spite of its busy metropolitan location, it held the feel of an old barn. So there it was, Urban Barn.

HOW WE BECAME

RIGHT AT HOME

Rick and Craig, two
childhood friends from
Brandon Manitoba, open
our first retail store at
12th and Cambie in
Vancouver. Shortly after,
Sébastien joins the company
and he's still with us today.
The three could be seen driving
around in purple vans
delivering furniture.

The 90's are in the rear-view mirror and nine Urban Barn stores can be found from BC to Manitoba. Ontario followed with our first store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Drop by and say hi if you're in the neighbourhood.

Time to really grow! Enter the Stern Group, who would eventually become majority owner of Urban Barn. Co-founder Craig retires. Today we remain 100% Canadian owned.

The first year of Blanket the Country in Warmth is launched where for every $5 donation, we deliver a new fleece blanket to a local shelter. The
campaign continues to reach more and more
Canadians
in need
every year.

Retail ace Linda
Letts, joins Urban
Barn as its new
President. Sales
and expansion
accelerate.
Rick retires.

We open our first two stores in
Quebec and launch our online store.

To further support the communities where we live and work we launched the Give & Take program in Ontario allowing home delivery customers to have their old furniture picked up and donated to
Habitat for Humanity.

TODAY

We are firmly planted in over
50 communities from BC to
Quebec and have over 650
team members.

Before I became President at Urban Barn, I was a customer. I loved the products, but I also loved the experience and the people. And it was the unique styles and the team's passion for home décor that made taking on this role such an exciting move. Early on, I saw the spontaneity and variety of Urban Barn as crucial to its past success, and that it would also be the key to its success in the future. Since then, I've had the privilege of growing Urban Barn from an entrepreneurial west coast company to a nation-wide brand. And this couldn't have been done without the most important part of the company: our people. Their passion and drive is what drew me to Urban Barn as a customer years ago, and continue to inspire me today.

OUR VALUES

BE RESPECTFUL
of our world, communities,
customers and colleagues

BE RELEVANT
keep informed, learn and
be ready to change

BE FUN
see the lighter side, be
energetic and vibrant

BE UNIQUE
celebrate differences,
think creatively, be open
and never boring

BE STYLISH
in our design choices,
appearance and demeanor

BE PROFESSIONAL
through accuracy, knowledge
and communication

BE TRUE
remain authentic
and honest

BE EXCELLENT
continuously
raise the bar

We're extroverted...
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