Retailer Spotlight: Philomena + Ruth

Philomena + Ruth is an indendepty owned boutique located among the streets of historic downtown Waterloo, IL. The shop carries a wide range of handcrafted and independently produced clothing, accessories, jewelry, and home decor from the best artisans, both locally and nationally in addition to Barrel Brands Hair and Skin Oils for Men’s and Women’s grooming! While we are young in our journey at Barrel Brands, our appreciation for things that are old and have stories couldn’t be more obvious from the used spirit barrels our oils embody and more.

Philomena + Ruth is located in a century old building that the team has transformed and brought back to life. When we first visited the shop, I distinctly recall elements of design we wanted to incorporate into our shop build as well. Industrial and vintage accents accompany reclaimed materials from the family farm to create something truly special in Downtown Waterloo.

Elizabeth Hahn, Founder, is a designer and veteran store owner. In addition to running Philomena + Ruth, she designs handmade accessories and socially conscious graphic shirts. Philomena and Ruth were Elizabeth’s grandmothers for whom she named her store. Their names convey the sense of community and tradition that is strongly felt throughout the brand. Values like this are things we align strongly with and are so excited that Philomena + Ruth is a shop you can find Barrel Brands. Supporting one’s community, neighbors, and friends through shopping locally and buying handmade has a special meaning. Small town America was built on independent entrepreneurs and the community that supports them. Many of the skills that go into the handcrafted goods found at Philomena + Ruth have been passed down from generation to generation, much like I hope to pass down the craft I am honing to my children as well.

Keep an eye out for more features on our outstanding Barrel Brands retailers and all that they are doing in their communities!

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