The Red Barn, at 11011 E. Tanque Verde Road, will sell many old-fashioned candies and will have baked goods, coffee, ice cream bars and other treats. It is expected to open in mid-March.


An old plant nursery in the Tanque Verde Valley will soon become The Red Barn, a country store, plant nursery and weekly farmers market.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a conditional use permit Tuesday for owners Richard and Lisa Balcer and managers Paula Tellez and Debbie Fairchild. The group aims to open in mid-March.

The property at 11011 E. Tanque Verde Road includes a big, red barn, outdoor hangouts, two ponds, a 1950s milk truck and "a lot of character," Tellez said.

The country store will sell many old-fashioned candies, she said, like her favorite, a fizzy, hard candy called ZotZ. It'll also have fudge and other baked goods, coffee, ice cream bars and other treats.

Tellez, who has lived in the area for about 18 years, hopes it will be a neighborhood gathering place because "there's nothing out in this area."

Families, people with dogs, book clubs, card parties and others can relax at the site and "get away from the hustle and bustle," she said.

Part of the business proceeds will benefit Old Pueblo Children's Services, a nonprofit group-home agency.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.