A Look Inside Scottsdale's New Craftsmen Community

BY David Tyda | March 10, 2017 | Feature Features

Gilbert community pioneer Joe Johnston recently opened Barnone, a trendy craftsmen community housed in a refurbished barn on his Agritopia farm.
LetterCraft, specializing in wood-burned decor and laser-cut wooden gifts

The words “artisanal” and “handmade” get tossed around today like scratch-made pizza dough. However, for the tenants at Barnone, a community of independent businesses located inside and around a repurposed barn in Gilbert, these popular buzz words are literally a way of life. Barnone is the brainchild of Joe Johnston, member of a generations-old farming and manufacturing family. When it was time to build a new barn, he decided to breathe new life into the old structure, carving out spaces for tenants and attracting some of the Valley’s best local artisans. The collective now includes a florist, hair salon, paper specialist, letterpress craftsmen, produce shop, plant-based eatery, wine bar, brewery, wood-fired pizza restaurant, gunsmith and kitchen equipment engineer—the latter space operated by Johnston himself. All businesses do things by hand, focusing on craft and quality. Inside Wander, hair stylist and shop owner Shelley Miera prides herself on giving customers that illusive “lived-in” look that’s simultaneously tailored and effortless. Over at Everybody Loves Flowers, Mireille Helm specializes in Pinterest-worthy arrangements that combine wildflowers and succulents with classic blooms. Garage East is a maiden restaurant venture for Gilbert residents Brian and Megan Ruffentine, but they’re already making wine at Barnone in partnership with Arizona’s Dos Cabezas WineWorks. The businesses all keep various hours, so time your visit on a Thursday or Friday afternoon. That’s your best shot at seeing every artisanal shop in action. 3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert

Originally published in the March issue of Scottsdale

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