Yoder's Red Barn Shoppes was the brain-child of Shipshewana businessman, Robert Yoder. Mr. Yoder already owned Yoder's Meat & Cheese Co. next to the red barn site and envisioned a place where multiple shop owners could have a store year round instead of just a booth in the flea market during the summer. Since the flea market is at the back door of the property it made sense to utilize the area for year round retail shopping and give the meat shop customers more shopping venues.
Site preparation and building began in April of 1999 and was completed with opening ceremonies held in April 2000. The barn-like structure is in keeping with the amish-mennonite heritage and way of life. On the inside are massive oak stairways leading to the second level shops. The cathedral ceiling is laid with oak planks and faux brick lines the sidewalls to create a street atomosphere. Many benches line the wide open hallway and an elevator makes it handicap accessible. There are public restrooms and an ATM machine for shoppers convenience.
On the inside a large mural painting spans the east wall of the hallway above the front entrance. The painting is of a rural country scene and was painted by the late Rocky Weaver. This was his final large painting and is a lasting legacy of local talent. The three (3) large wagon wheel lights were fashioned by longtime, local coppersmith the late Peter Sefchik .