Locally owned Art Barn celebrates grand opening

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Arts and crafts aren’t just for kids any more – artsy-fartsy residents can get their creative juices flowing at The Art Barn.

Founder Dawna Kinne Magliacano launched The Art Barn with a grand opening Saturday to further her mission of “cultivating art in middle Tennessee.”

“The facility will serve as a place to encourage, teach and create everything that is art,” Magliacano said. “If it inspires emotion, it’s art.”

The Art Barn is the longtime dream of resident artist Magliacano and her husband, Joe, according to a press release.

“They want to create a place in Middle Tennessee that fosters and supports all kinds of art and creativity,” according to the press release. “In The Art Barn, one can find any kind of artistic experience he or she is seeking, including purchasing fine art gifts and crafts, enjoying music and spoken word arts or watching artists performing various crafts.”

The Art Barn features a wide variety of workshops and classes, including numerous mediums and techniques including oil painting, encaustic wax, mosaic, block printing, jewelry, weaving, pen and ink, charcoal, watercolor, acrylics, screen printing, art quilting, sewing and knitting.

“We now live in such an electronic world, some of the hand-crafted arts have been almost lost,” Magliacano said. “I wish to preserve these old-world arts while building a community that celebrates an approach that is outside the box.”

Additional activity plans for The Art Barn include a weekly Tuesday Craft Night, monthly live acoustic music nights on Fridays, a monthly Poetry Jam, even a show featuring tattoo art with local tattoo artists’ represented works, and, in the warmer weather months, monthly outdoor movie nights featuring a projection screen and lawn seating.

Visit The Art Barn at 8190 Highway 99 in Rockvale. To find out more

information, visit TheArtBarnTN.com, or like it on Facebook.


Disney, Looney Toons and Marvel Comics have found a permanent home in Murfreesboro.

Once a seasonal store, Character Depot is now a permanent shop in the former Kirkland’s location between Target and Toys ‘R’ Us.

“We were successful, and because we are a local Tennessee company, we figured we could run it easily with our local management,” store manager Matthew Stump said.

Character Depot primarily carries Disney merchandise, but Sesame Street, Marvel Comic and DC Comic items are also available, along with smaller selections of Looney Toons, Wizard of Oz and Care Bear options, he added.

“We have a lot of different characters under one roof,” Stump said.

Customers can visit Character Depot’s Facebook page for updates on new merchandise or visit characterdepot.com for more information. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


A trip into Murfreesboro’s Target will look a little different, come springtime.

The big box retailer is undergoing some renovations to add fresh produce and meats, take-and-bake bakery and deli items, and a extended frozen and dairy departments, confirmed Mike Gunter, who is overseeing the remodel.

He said the changes won’t be as extensive as the Smyrna location and likened them instead to the new Hermitage location, which features the company’s new prototype.

The Murfreesboro store will also feature a new footwear layout, along with modified beauty and clothing departments, and guest service and snack bar areas. Stump noted that departments will remain their current sizes, but they will be shifted around to make room for the new additions.

Renovations are expected to be complete by the end of March. The store will celebrate the completion with a grand re-opening event. The store will remain open in the meantime.


After nearly 30 years at its current home on North Highland Avenue, Dialysis Clinic Inc. more easily known as DCI, will be moving into a new building.

The nonprofit group has run out of space and now has plans to build a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building near Highway 96 and Veterans Parkway, confirmed Judy Beard, office manager and accounts receivable supervisor.

“Hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll be in the new facility,” she said, adding that plans are in the paperwork stages and no groundwork has taken place yet.

DCI corporate offices are in Nashville, but clinics operate in a number of states across the country.

Visit dciinc.org for more information.

Need a minute with Melinda for your business? Reach her at mhudgins@murfreesboropost.com or 615-869-0820.
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