Meet the Owner

Hi friends! We have a lot of new faces around here, so I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Kandice, the Creative in Charge around here. Ten years ago, I bought the store I had worked for in college, and in 2014 we changed the name to Barque (hard to believe that was 4 years ago this week!!!). Here are a few fun facts you may or may not know about me: - My degree is in Interior Design from Texas Tech with a minor in Architecture. I’ve always loved design, but after a summer internship, I decided that was definitely not a career that would make me happy long term. 🏙 - I’m a self-taught graphic designer. Before I had the store, I worked on the wholesale side of the invitation industry, so I started there and over the years have learned to accomplish new tasks in Illustrator as needed. For as many invitations as we print for you guys every year, I certainly get plenty of practice! 😉💌🖥 - When scrapbooking was really popular, my work was nationally published, and I was a professor at Creating Keepsakes University events (yes, scrapbooking universities were a thing!)✂📕🖌 - The beach is my happy place (even though I’ll sunburn in less than 20 minutes!). The sound of the waves is relaxing... it recharges my soul and refuels my creative spirit. I always come home inspired from a beach getaway. 🏝 - Being a dog momma to Lucy (a Vizsla) and Linus (a golden retriever) is one of my favorite things- we have a house full of redheads and I love it! 🐾🏠❤ - I recently got my scuba certification, even though I’ve always had a fear of deep water. At first I agreed to help my Mom check it off her goal list, but there’s SO much to see under the surface - I don’t want to miss out on all the pretty ocean things! 🐠 - Cooking is a creative outlet for me (apart from my creative “day job”), so I prefer to cook at home rather than go out to eat. It’s a little more effort, but it’s fun too! 🥗🥘 I look forward to celebrating Barque’s 4th Birthday this week, and I invite each of YOU to join us for the fun! 🎉 I can’t thank you enough for your support over the past decade - it’s been an enormous blessing. 😘 xoxo, Kandice Photo Credit:  Kailee Ann Photography