Meet Our Bloggers

james smith, JRCSmith, james r.c. smith, james smith, blogger, James R.C. Smith With a background in Social Media, Marketing and Communications, James leads our Digital and Social Media. His work experience includes 3 years on cruise ships in Southern Europe, NZ, French Polynesia and Alaska, a Phototographer  in Australia and Blogger in London. Originally from Salisbury, UK, James moved here in 2013 and is a fan of new technology and old style (and cats).


Jesse Davidson It has been an eight year love affair with Urban Barn for Jesse. Starting as a part-time sales associate with Urban Barn in Alberta, Jesse has continued to grow with the company to become a buyer at our head office in Burnaby, BC. On the weekend, you can find Jesse shopping the boutiques of Vancouver, in his kitchen perfecting his favorite recipes or planning his next vacation. Three things he couldn’t live without are colour, candies and Pinterest. Jesse is proud to call Urban Barn his employer, BC his home and looks forward to a bright future with Urban Barn.


Julie Ennis Julie has worked for Urban since 2004. Starting off as a part time sales staff, she began moving up to Assistant Manager, Manager, SAP Support and is now working as a Furniture Buyer.“Growing up on a farm I had no idea what I would one day get myself into. This was supposed to be my fun job before I got a real job while going to school.  I studied business and wanted to go into international business as a career. I loved working here so much that I never left; becoming a buyer is a dream come true. It encompasses everything I love to do, travel, creativity, analytical decisions and it’s on the business side of retail.”
 Sebas Sebastien Fauteux Another one of our long time employees, Sebastien has worked for Urban Barn for 18 years. He grew up in a small Quebec town and moved to BC in 1994. As the General Merchandise Manager he does a lot of travelling (which he loves!). He loves to soak up all the cultures and experience being a foreigner in a different country. His favourite city is Hong Kong. He says he would try any kind of food at least once (having tried crickets in Thailand and chicken feet in China). He loves music, particularly soul, jazz and R&B. Call him old fashioned but he still buys and will always buy CDs. He says he will be the one that single-handedly keeps the music industry alive. What he loves about his job is that he gets to be creative as well as analytical. Creating a relationship with a vendor, working on that project and then seeing those products in someone’s home is what drives him.


Stacey Grasty 
Happily married with 2 children, Stacey loves to spend time with her family. Living in BC she loves exploring the outdoors and everything it entails. Stacey has worked in retail for over 25 years – 9 years being an accessory buyer. She has worked with Urban Barn as our accessory buyer since May 2010 – buying wall art, decorative pieces, foliage, bed linens… basically anything that isn’t furniture! A great portion of her job involves travelling around the world, searching for new and unique items to add to Urban Barn’s product breadth. “My goal is to keep them curious and excited about what we might bring in next.  The possibilities are endless and our challenge is to find something that’s different but that everyone will love”!

  1. -Urban Barn store in Victoria BC is amazing, Christie & her team are so helpful and very caring. They care whether you are satisfied with your purchases and if you are not then they are happy to help you in any way they can. We would encourage all people to shop at this store, They have been just wonderful to work with. All the best to you all. Well done!!!

  2. Alyssa Williams, has been a great help too us everytime we came into the store for pick-ups for business’s in quesnel. It will be sad to see her leave the store, since they are closing it down, the one on 818 Howe Street. We shall miss her smiling face when we come to town now. Hoping we have more great pick-ups for the business’s here in Quesnel.

    Sincerly Yours:
    Andre k.

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