Furniture Store in Clarkesville, GA | Wood's Mercantile
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Our Story

Our store was first opened in the early 1960s by Hal Woods as Woods Hardware and Furniture across the street from where our building now stands . A second location in Cornelia called Woods Furniture Company of Cornelia opened in 1968. In 1971, plans were drawn up for the current building—replacing the library and Masonic Lodge that had held the prominent-corner spot previously. Woods opened at 1475 North Washington Street in 1972. Around 1984, owners Benny and Lois Wood decided to focus on the furniture side of their business and Woods Hardware and Furniture became Woods Furniture. Mike and Sherry Callahan bought the store in 2005. They grew the gift shop section of the business along-side the furniture; Woods Furniture and Gift Shoppes was voted Habersham’s Best Furniture Store year after year.

Kevin & Melissa

Owners Kevin and Melissa Wood are both graduates of the University of Georgia

Kevin and Melissa Wood bought the store in January of 2019. Kevin, born and raised in Clarkesville, owned and operated a successful regional carwash chain. He sold his corporation in 2017. Kevin and Melissa wanted a business close to home that could be developed to contribute to their community. Plans to update and revitalize Woods in the Historic Downtown Clarkesville location began. They renamed it Wood’s Mercantile, bringing new sophistication to an established Southern brand. Updating both the inside and the outside of the building will, tentatively, begin in late summer of 2019.

Wood's Family

Kevin and Melissa live with their four children at Windy Ridge Farm in Clarkesville, Georgia.

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Posted on January 8, 2020 by Melissa

This year has been a roller coaster! Walk with me back over 2019 as I reflect on this year and what it has meant to our family. Thank you so much to our friends new and old for your support this year–our first year as owners of Wood’s in Downtown Clarkesville...

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Posted on December 14, 2019 by Melissa

Anyone who knows me even a little bit will know that I am crazy about my husband. We get along well and enjoy just being together. A lot. When I looked back at this wild, beautiful year that we have had at Wood’s Mercantile, I am humbled by our little space that we have carved out together in this world.

We had our ribbon-cutting for our new La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio yesterday. We were surrounded by our family, friends, and community members who have supported us this year. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for ALL of it...

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Posted on November 30, 2019 by Melissa

Today is my 44th birthday and I just finished writing a eulogy for a friend who lost her battle with cancer on Thanksgiving. I am to deliver it tomorrow during the funeral.

It’s also Small Business Saturday. This is my first year marketing…well, anything. Preparing a retail store for the Christmas-shopping season feels like a Big Deal. It’s like the finish line of my year-long, marketing-learning marathon. Will we finish strong?...

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Posted on November 16, 2019 by Melissa

It’s easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season! This year, in addition to the normal Christmas frenzy that comes with a busy household with four kids, I am entering my first holiday season with Wood’s Mercantile. I have been trying to figure out how to create new traditions for our store, while maintaining the history of Wood’s as an important holiday fixture in the Downtown Clarkesville Christmas events.

With our beautiful showroom remodel, we opened up the large picture windows at the front of the store. This let in tons of nature light and gives our staff and customers a great view of the square. However, it did away with the smaller cubbies that were part of the Windows at Woods tradition in recent years. What would be our new contribution to the community this Christmas?...

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