You probably wouldn’t look twice at a barn sitting just off a county road near Bowman, albeit a good-looking barn for its age, preserved in the serenity of the land it was built upon, but nevertheless nothing uncommon.
By Andy Roehl
But, if there’s anything we learn at a young age it’s “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and although this barn appears normal, everything ordinary is left at the door and what you have is the epitome of a hidden gem.
Amanda Njos (business owner, artist, and mom) recently held the grand opening of the headquarters and showroom of her business: Cow Chip Creations. Amanda and her husband, Chad Njos, spent the last two years meticulously transforming a century-old barn into a versatile rental space complete with an exhibit featuring a rustic, robust display of artistry and craftsmanship. The open room offers limitless possibilities and potential for dances, music, live bands, business gatherings, weddings, and just about anything one could imagine whereas the showroom really shines as a stunning display of what rural artists have to offer. The interior design and décor of Cow Chip Creations brims with atmosphere that perfectly complements the agrarian setting with plenty of historical character from the barn itself. A great majority of the barn was carefully repurposed and preserved to capture a certain feel that really draws you in and makes you feel right at home.
Considerable thought was put into each nook and cranny, from floor to ceiling, that really showcases the passion behind everything Cow Chip Creations has to offer. It’s a barn that really sets itself apart from the rest. Amanda and Chad are certainly proud to be different and want to invite you to come see their way of life, offering a place that will bring people together.
The upstairs area of the barn offers a cozy, open space for just about any event you could want. It also comes with its own kitchen and bar-style counter to host and cater whatever you have in mind with food and beverage. Large picture windows present a breathtaking view that overlooks the prairie, which really makes one appreciate the beauty of the location. The large fireplace really adds to that homey look Cow Chip Creations prides itself upon and makes you feel warm even without the flames.
Downstairs, the showroom provides a platform for local artists to display and showcase their work. Various artists have contributed several pieces along with Amanda’s that are sure to tickle any country coinsurers fancy. Amanda particularly creates unique furniture and home décor made from reclaimed wood. End tables, coffee tables, hall tables, benches, shelves, footstools, headboards, saddle stands, custom displays and storage…you name it, she can make it! Have an idea for something you can’t seem to find anywhere? Amanda is ready to turn your imagination into reality as she has a refined skillset that will make the piece your heart desires. She also strives to not only make something unique, but something that will last that you can pass down from generation to generation.
Amanda is very passionate in regards to building a relationship of trust with every customer to make sure that when they purchase something that it really means something to them. She is always looking to add more variety and services to the business that will offer something to everyone. Plans for an old west shooting gallery and bringing in food vendors are in the works. Even If you’d just like to rent decorating materials for an event, you can do so.
The experience you get just visiting Cow Chip Creations may make you wish were raised in a barn. The beauty and preservation of the barn along with the exclusive artwork and furniture make for a lot of “Oh, look at this!” and “Oh, look at that!” moments. Pictures and words really don’t do it justice. Amanda invites you to stop by anytime. You can also check out the Facebook page, just search “Cow Chip Creations”. Booking appointments and/or events for 2018 are now available.
Cow Chip Creations is located at 9202 152nd Avenue Southwest, Bowman, ND 58623. Easy directions: from Bowman, go six miles west on US Highway 12 turn south at the “Lutz Dam” sign, travel nine miles and look for the big red barn with the copper roof. Don’t worry, a sign for Cow Chip Creations is in the works!
For any questions or inquiries, give Amanda Njos a call at 1-701-523-8257. Website is coming soon!