Woodstock builds niche in furniture business
SEAT OF POWER – Scott Honeycutt of Woodstock Furniture inspects an oak chair once used by John Stennis. Plans call for restoring the chair, which Stennis used when he was a circuit judge in DeKalb. Photo by William F. West / The Meridian Star
By William F. West / community editor
September 8, 2002
A Meridian furniture store has not only been growing rapidly in recent years it also has taken some interesting orders, from decorating government offices to restoring a chair once used by John Stennis.
Scott Honeycutt, 52, and his wife, Bailey, and their 30-year-old son, David, run Woodstock Furniture Shops, 2301 Highway 39 N.
Currently, their crew has been furnishing new Farm Service offices, part of the federal agency's reorganization and revitalization in Mississippi.
Honeycutt said that a longtime customer from the Shuqualak community married a man from Macon who works for the Farm Service agency, which was constructing a new building in the Noxubee County seat.
Quality at a reasonable price
Honeycutt said the man's wife suggested Woodstock Furniture because she was aware the company furnished commercial and military offices.
After the company furnished the building, a grand opening was held in Macon which all of the Farm Service leaders in Mississippi were invited.
Then the head of the Farm Service in Mississippi called wanting the company to furnish offices statewide, Honeycutt said.
Fitting workers' needs
Bailey Honeycutt said her husband approached Farm Service workers with the goal of designing work stations and meeting areas to fit their needs.
Scott Honeycutt said the agency does go through a bidding procedure but has latitude in special circumstances, such as orders for items built to their specifications.
And the furniture is custom made, Bailey Honeycutt said. "It's not cookie-cutter by any stretch of the imagination," she said.
The couple said they particularly wanted to have offices that farmers would feel comfortable in. "It's not formal or dressy or sophisticated," she said. "It's just sturdy, basic, well-built furniture."
Stennis' old chair
Scott Honeycutt also talked about the restoration of John Stennis' chair, which he had used when he was a circuit judge.
Stennis, of DeKalb, served as a judge from 1937 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1947. He retired in 1988 after a distinguished career in the Senate and died in 1995 at the age of 93.
The thick oak chair, while in storage in the late senator's hometown, suffered termite damage. Today it's in Woodstock's workshop, scheduled for repairs, and, when finished, will be put on display in a museum, Honeycutt said.
Honeycutt said the historical foundation in DeKalb brought him the chair.