THE TIN RABBIT
 
Barb Kahn said that it was the hills that attracted her to Hermann. On numerous occasions when Barb and her husband Dave visited here to attend antique shows, they traveled on the back roads. What they found in Hermann, explained Barb, is a wonderful historic district where it was apparent that people were invested in their community.

The Kahns became part of the community when they moved to Hermann from St. Louis in 1999. Prior to their move, Barb worked at a primitive folk art shop in Chesterfield, Mo. It was there she developed her love for new American folk art. "I always had a passion for antique folk art and primitives, but they were so unaffordable," said Barb. Then she began to discover new artists who were creating new things that could blend in a home with primitive antiques.

Barb Kahn said that it was the hills that attracted her to Hermann. On numerous occasions when Barb and her husband Dave visited here to attend antique shows, they traveled on the back roads. What they found in Hermann, explained Barb, is a wonderful historic district where it was apparent that people were invested in their community.

The Kahns became part of the community when they moved to Hermann from St. Louis in 1999. Prior to their move, Barb worked at a primitive folk art shop in Chesterfield, Mo. It was there she developed her love for new American folk art. "I always had a passion for antique folk art and primitives, but they were so unaffordable," said Barb. Then she began to discover new artists who were creating new things that could blend in a home with primitive antiques.

The Tin Rabbit carries Wisconsin Pottery, Red Oaks Pottery, and S. & J. Pottery in Missouri. In addition, there is a wide assortment of artwork, portraits, pictures, floorcloths, baskets, seasonal florals, custom-made bed linens and pillows, handmade rugs, and gourmet foods.

There are works by several major national folk artists including Kay Cloud of Missouri, Lori Ann Baker, and Norma and Jennifer Schneeman. The Tin Rabbit carries theorems (stenciling on velvet) in handmade frames by Carole Behrer, a major featured folk artist from Missouri. Hermann artist Julie Van Horn's primitive pictures painted on old wood panels are sold exclusively at The Tin Rabbit.

Barb has always been interested in art history. "I loved art, but I knew I could never be an artist. I put this shop together believing this was a gallery to display these artists' work. I want people to come in and be enveloped by the shop and enjoy the artwork," she said.

Because all pieces are 'one of a kind', "When it's gone, it's gone," explained Barb. However, if customers see something that interests them on the shop's web site, www.thetinrabbit.com, Barb can suggest other works by the artist.

The shop is housed in the old cooperage that is now part of Hermannhof Winery. Built circa 1840, the building was used to store barrels for the former Kropp Brewery. "It is just an awesome building," said Barb, who thinks it's a wonderful place to display merchandise. She hopes the display rooms will assist people in planning the décor in their own homes.

The Tin Rabbit is listed as one of the top 100 Retailers of American Craft, an honor it received in 2005. Shops earning the award are committed to the American craft movement that ensures the strength and growth of the arts and small businesses in communities throughout the country.

The shop is located at 338 E. First St. in Hermann. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10-4 and on Sunday from 11-4. It is closed on Monday. Shipping is available for customers ordering by phone or the web site. For more information visit the web site, or call 573-486-5307.

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