Job Opportunities

Store Manager


The Store Manager is responsible for managing a sales team, maintaining the store, merchandising the product, creating a quality customer experience, and meeting sales goals.  This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Owner. Weekend and Holiday hours are required.

Skills & Qualifications

Customer centered; able to motivate staff by demonstrating exemplary customer service.  Must be organized, communicative, and present a professional appearance. We value creativity and are looking for someone who is well-versed in design trends through personal love and/or study. Candidate must have experience in retail sales in the gift and home furnishings categories. 

Store Manager Duties


  • Maintain store staff by recruiting and selecting employees.
  • Manage orientation and training of employees in partnership with Assistant Manager.
  • Manage in-take of new employees by collecting and safely storing all pertinent data; sharing employee data with Financial Manager for payroll; enroll staff in POS system.
  • Maintain the sales team’s results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining team members; planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.  
  • Implement, communicate and ensure compliance with all operating procedures, processes, and policies.
  • Provide regular and thorough feedback to Owner on all staff performance including manner, attendance, product knowledge, and customer engagement.  
  • Prepare staff shift calendar using When I Work app at least two weeks in advance; keep calendar current and ensure adequate coverage for all store hours and events.
  • Motivate sales team by demonstrating exemplary customer service.
  • Protect team members and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment with ready access to emergency information and resources.
  • Attend weekly manager’s meeting with Owner and other key management team members.
  • Send the team a weekly email regarding sales figures, promos, upcoming events, reminders and announcements.

Receiving & Merchandising

  • Ensure that the sales staff check-in deliveries with care ensuring accuracy. 
  • Report any damages and/or discrepancies to the buyer. 
  • Unbox merchandise and stock shelves in a timely manner. Dispose of all recycling and trash. 
  • Collaborate with the sales staff and Visuals Director to merchandise all product in a way that maximizes the sales floor, presents the store in the best possible light, and encourages sales.
  • Create the annual calendar of window displays with the Owner and Visuals Director.
  • Purchase supplies at direction of Visuals Director and track expenses. Direct staff to implement Visuals Director’s instructions.
  • Maintain proper signage to allow for an easy and pleasant shopping experience.  Consult with Owner and Visuals Director to determine which product should be signed and/or highlighted.

Financial Management

  • Manage time clock accuracy and report bi-weekly payroll to Financial Manager.  Ensure staff receive annual W-2s.
  • Gather, calculate and provide weekly sales deposits to Financial Manager.
  • Maintain Petty Cash, charge staff with recording any transactions, and share records with the Financial Manager.
  • Develop and maintain shared spreadsheets on subjects including but not limited to invoices, vendors, logins, expenses, petty cash, and deposits.


  • Troubleshoot technology issues with Runit, the POS computers, the music system, security, and other store related technology.  Involve the Owner or other tech expert as needed.


  • Equip staff for success by providing timely information and training on new products, sales and promotions, events and general product knowledge.
  • Motivate staff by promoting monthly store sales goals.
  • Study month-end sales reports and Open To Buy reports to increase knowledge about seasonal trends in order to support and engage staff in sales goals.
  • Work with the marketing team and Owner to create events and promotions; ensure that events are properly staffed; purchase needed supplies; and work with Buyer to ensure proper inventory is on hand. 
  • Inform the Digital Media Manager of potential content for newsletter, social media, and website.
  • Keep notes for possible opportunities to increase sales in the future based on current experiences. Maintain annual “Notes for Next Year” shared documents to aid in future sales and buying.
  • Ensure store sales goals are met or exceeded on a regular basis.

Customer Experience

Support a culture of exceptional customer service by establishing relationships with regular customers and cultivating new customers. Ensure staff is trained in customer service.

Prioritize store cleanliness.  Manage customer perceptions with a clean and neat store.

Support staff training in all store systems & processes to ensure customer experience is efficient and streamlined.

Maintain Red Barn Rewards program. Duties include but are not limited to
maintaining the database, keeping accounts current, deduping accounts,
programming reward events, and ensuring the marketing team receives the
monthly updated mailing list and Red Barn Rewards birthday rewards.

Store Operations

  • Purchase supplies including but not limited to cleaning supplies, register supplies, sales tools like merchandising displays and product samples, and supplies for bagging purchases.
  • Communicate any building, logistical, or security problems to the Landlord and work with them to resolve any issues.
  • Work with sales team and other internal partners to create processes and policies for managing all store operations. Communicate all new processes and policies via Playbooks and staff meetings.


Part Time Sales Team Member

We are growing and we need to add friendly, funny, and caring members to our team. Located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Red Barn Mercantile has been a part of the community for more than a dozen years. It’s our mission to serve our customers with great care, authenticity, and kindness. We are looking for a sales associate who wants to help us create customer connections in a positive and meaningful way. If that’s you and you have two or more years of experience in the home furnishings and gift retail sector, and are able to work weekends and holidays, then we would love to hear from you.

        Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Create a warm, welcoming, and authentic shop experience for customers by greeting customers in a friendly manner, identifying their needs in a thoughtful, caring way, and fulfilling those needs thoroughly and respectfully.
  • Assist fellow team members in receiving and unboxing merchandise. Also, assist in removal of packing materials.
  • Merchandise product in a way that maximizes the sales floor for an easy, enjoyable shopping experience.
  • Treat fellow team members with respect and kindness, and assist them as needed.
  • Exemplify the Red Barn Mercantile company values of connection, generosity, and vision.

        Position Details:

  • Position is Part time and pay is competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Candidate must be available to work weekends and holidays
  • Candidate must have two years of home furnishings and gift retail experience
  • Candidate must have appropriate computer skills
  • Candidate must have a willingness to learn and contribute to a locally owned company
  • Interior design experience is a bonus

Please send a cover letter and resume to 

About the company
Both Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post are woman-owned and offer a friendly and flexible work environment. With a nod to the past and a look to the future, the stores broker in nostalgia with a contemporary flair. It’s our goal to create ways – through our physical spaces or through the written word – for people to connect with each other and have a feeling of belonging. We do this with our customers, partners, and staff by serving up what Danny Meyer calls enlightened hospitality. The growth, well-being, and satisfaction of the people we serve and serve with are our number one priority. Living Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post’s Values Connection – Enjoys building relationships with customers, vendors, and fellow team members. Understands the value of collaboration and working together on a common goal, whether that’s for the business, the community, or the individual. Embraces teamwork and achieving excellence together. Inspires others to connect with each other, themselves, and their space. Generosity – Gives of their time, creativity, and knowledge freely. Embraces differences and searches for common ground. Contributes to a culture of kindness and inclusivity. Remembers that we are all human, we all make mistakes and are all worthy of forgiveness. Lives with the attitude that others approach each interaction with a generosity too. Evolution – Is open to new ideas and actively seeks to learn and grow themselves and the business. Thinks creatively and enjoys solving difficult problems in ways that may be outside the status quo. Learns from mistakes and embraces change.