Combined interests

STRATFORD – A young Stratford couple have opened their own business, blending their interests and skills in areas that may seem an unusual combination. The Gun Barn and E Photography are both housed in a large building at 802 Highway 175.

Gun enthusiasts can purchase ammunition and shooting supplies at the Gun Barn, along with shot guns, rifles, and pistols. That’s Jordan Mullen’s business. “If you don’t see what you want on the shelf here, we can order it for you,” he said of his stock. “I can order through wholesale companies.”

Capitalizing on his location close to the Boone and Des Moines Rivers, he also sells bait: leeches, minnows, night crawlers, and chubs. Fishing and hunting licenses are sold at the Gun Barn. Classes are offered there to obtain a permit required for pistol hunting.

Both Jordan and his wife, Elly, grew up hunting and fishing, he says, so he has plenty of experience in the field.

E Photography is in another end of the large red building. As a professional photographer for ten years now, Elly Mullen takes pictures for weddings, families, and seniors. “I wanted a place to meet with people and use a studio,” she says about why she was interested in purchasing the building. Previously, most of her work has been done onsite.

Her favorite aspect of photography? “I like doing a progression of a baby, a family, senior, and wedding,” Elly Mullen answers. One goal with her business is to keep her services affordable. “I feel in our area I need to keep it affordable, to have good pictures and to work with anyone’s budget,” she adds.

Heeding the old advice “don’t give up your day job,” Elly Mullen works full-time with special projects at Hidden Acres Christian Center near Dayton. The couple have two young children, ages 5 and 3.

Hours at the Gun Barn are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Contact them at 838-2525 or via their website is

E Photography Studio is available by appointment only at 230-4799. The website can be found at