The Wood’s Furniture and Design showroom on Dorcy Drive was abuzz with activity last Wednesday for the company’s 46th anniversary celebrations.
The event was one of this year’s biggest Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours events, with close to 700 attendees fortunate enough to enjoy great company and an array of fine food and beverages.
‘We put this on to say thanks to our customers, and also to invite those people who haven’t had a chance to come into the showroom yet to get a good feel of what we have on offer,’ said Managing Director Philip Wood.
Starting from a small shop in Pease Bay, the business has expanded to a 20,000-square-foot showroom featuring such brands as Ralph Lauren, Henredon, Basset and Drexel Heritage, makers of the new Walt Disney Collection. The store also carries Sealy and Scandinavian Sleep System mattresses
The brand new showroom came about thanks in part to hurricanes Ivan and Wilma, which proved to be blessings in disguise for Wood’s Furniture, Mr. Wood said.
‘After our building sustained a lot of damage in those storms, it actually gave us the opportunity to really sit down and address the needs of our customers by starting from scratch, building a one-stop-shop and putting together brand new flooring and bed and bath showcases,’ he says.
The showroom most recently opened the Caribbean’s first Martha Stewart Signature Gallery, which features furniture by Bernhardt.
At the company’s helm since 1998, Mr. Wood has made the successful transition from aviation management to running an interior design business.
‘It was definitely a steep learning curve but I just took the bull by the horns and it seems to be working,’ he says.
‘From the store’s inception we have made a commitment to provide anything our customer wants when it comes to interiors. We do custom kitchen, all types of flooring, bathrooms, entire rooms from the paint to the furnishings, including full renovations with our staff of builders and designers,’ he says.
All that effort seems to be paying off. During the course of the evening, Mr. Wood was presented with an Outstanding Dealer Award by Bill Johnston of Crystal Cabinets.
Mr. Wood is happy that so many people decided to take the opportunity to come out to the event.
‘The event was more successful than we could ever have imagined and it really sparked a lot of interest that was clearly in evidence the following weekend,’ says Mr. Woods.
The evening also proved a fitting tribute to Brenda Wood, who started the business with her late husband James in 1961,
Mrs. Wood, with eight children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was all smiles surrounded by family and friends.
Topping off the evening was the much anticipated draw for a wealth of furniture and cabinetry prizes, with Gary and Valerie Oakley walking away with not only a $4,200 king sleep set but also the $10,000 Drexel Heritage home furnishing grand prize.