Down by the Charlestown coastline, the cozy B&B A Shore Thing opened in May. In July, owners Mickey and Ran Ranalli transformed the barn on the property into The Barn, a shopping destination chock full of eclectic items. Niece Jennifer Messina is the principal innkeeper and shopkeeper, as well as the person who up purposes the furniture pieces found within.
But furniture is just the beginning of what you will find in this fun little shop. “We’ve had fun hunting for different things to stock,” says Mickey. “We go with whatever catches our eye,” adds Jennifer. And what an eye they have. There are plenty of items here that I’ve not seen anywhere else. They have a great selection of glass, which is always a treat. Cute little hand blown candy kisses called S.W.A.K (sealed with a kiss) come with a tiny scroll to write a note to fit in the swirl, wine glasses that have sea stones as stems and recycled glass decorating metal hooks are just a portion of what you will find.
A large selection of throw pillows and wall signs sit beside water themed bottle openers, funky salt and pepper shakers and flour sack tea towels. They also have beautiful hand dyed scarves, a large selection of jewelry and the softest imaginable daywear and pjs from Rock Cotton. Food? Yes, please. Gorgeous hand-dipped pretzels by Mickey and Jennifer, and locally made jams and jellies. The best seller is the dark chocolate/balsamic strawberry.
The Barn at A Shore Thing
2183 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, Charlestown