Small Business Saturday is November 30, and we’re so excited about shopping small that we’re devoting the entire week to our very own local small business owners. From November 25-29, we’ll be featuring profiles on small business owners based in Snagajob’s hometown, Richmond, Va. Every day will be another chance to learn more about men and women doing the work they love while contributing to their community.
Woods Refinishing and Restoration has been in business since 1979, when founder Charlie Woods started repairing and restoring furniture in an old barn. Over 30 years later, Woods’ son Seth has taken over the family business and continues his father’s legacy as president of the company. Located in Richmond, Va., Woods Restoration serves customers throughout the southeast, and the small business is proud to be “the place to bring your furniture if you want the job right.” We got the chance to talk with Seth to learn more about his years working for his family’s business and what it’s like working with furniture that’s centuries old.
When did you first get involved with your father’s restoration business?
When I was in high school, I worked part time during the school year and full time during the summer. I transitioned into running the business about four or five years ago.
What did you father teach you about running a business?
Everything I know about the business; on the business end of things, he taught me to always do what’s right. Keep people happy and they’ll come back to you.
What are some of the challenges you encounter as a small business owner?
Doing paperwork and having the time to get in the shop and work.
On the other hand, what are some of the best parts about running a small business?
Doing the actual work and, at the end of the day, looking at my product and taking pride in what I do and what we’re doing.
Do you have a favorite part of the restoration process?
Number one would be building furniture. Number two would be would be restoring really old antique period piece furniture. I get a better feel of how those guys built furniture two or three hundred years ago.
If you weren’t continuing the legacy of Woods Refinishing and Restoration, what do you think you’d be be doing?
Something with my hands, I would definitely be doing woodwork.
Learn more about Woods Refinishing and Restoration on their official website and remember to Shop Small®!
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