A Look Back...

Some of our shoppers have been with us since the beginning... Others have entered our doors in our last two years of business and have never gotten the opportunity to learn much about our personal lives. I thought it would be fun to kick off our new adventures of 2017 with a post about our family and what led us into this beautiful business!

These are the backbones of the Copperwood operation. D (aka Dustin) and I (Megan) are pictured in the center. To the left are my parents Wayne and KD, and to the right are my brother, Dustin (yes, he's a Dustin too) and his wife, Sarah. Together we are what keeps the wonderful world of Copperwood turning.

From an early age my parents taught Dustin and I practical skills of life. We dabbled in construction, repairs, crafts and momma even taught me how to sew. I’ve often joked throughout the years that if we couldn’t do something, it likely couldn’t be done. Our family is the epitome of a jack of all trades. Even with all of the life skills we learned, my parents always encouraged us to go to college and get a good education. So, after high school that’s exactly what I did. I spent my first two years of college here locally at Georgia Highlands, but eventually applied and was accepted to The University of Georgia. Originally I just applied to see if I would get in, but after I got accepted I started considering the opportunities that were available to me. I thankful stepped out on a limb and moved to Athens. I majored in Health Promotions and graduated with honors. I planned to get a job as a health coach, but obviously the Lord had other plans for my life.

After moving back from college, I started working with my dad who owns a small construction business. Though it was initially going to be temporary until I found a job in my field, I quickly settled into working with him and learning the ins and outs of building. Eventually I found a hobby in buying, redoing and selling furniture, and that’s when the entrepreneur in me started tossing around the idea of opening my own shop. I always thought that owning my own company would be awesome, but I never dreamed that it would be in retail. In the meantime, Prince Charming had also found his way into my life. Lo and beholding we had a lot more in common than you can imagine. He too was working for his dad in the construction business and we found a common ground in building. He began helping me with my new found hobby in furniture refinishing. One morning on my way to work, I saw a “for sale or rent” sign outside of what is now the home of Copperwood. I picked up the phone and made a quick call just to find out a little more information on the building, and about a month later I was sitting down to sign a lease. So here D and I were in a fairly new relationship and I was dragging him head deep into a business venture.

We spent two months working on the CW building before we finally opened the doors in December 2014. The hours and hours of labor we spent revamping that place seems like a distant memory now, but it is truly amazing the transformation we were able to make. The day that the shop opened we were blown away at the number of people who came and showed support for our little dream. Thinking back to that day makes me giggle a little because I remember scrabbling and even bringing furniture from our house just to fill empty spaces and make the store seem fuller. Til this day I’m still in awe at how much this little shop has evolved since it first began. In the beginning it was just me at the shop by myself on most days. Eventually we were able to hire a part time helper. Now we have grown enough that we have several girls who work with us and my mom and D have both quit their full time jobs to work at the store. We even have a sweet little shop kitty who hangs out with us on most days! It’s funny to think we went from scrabbling for furniture to having so furniture that I often turn to D for affirmation that I’m not really a hoarder… Am I??? hehe! 

Here are a few flash back pictures to the work we did around the shop!

Here are a few flash back pictures to the work we did around the shop!

Owning and running this business isn’t always easy, but we are truly unworthy of the blessings that Lord has given us. We have managed to take a dream of owning our own shop and turn it into a real business with real customers and real employees. There were days where I wondered if we could really make a living doing this, but God has proven over and over again that he always cares for those who love and seek him. We love this business and work hard every single day to make sure that it continues to grow and flourish. Of course we still have big dreams for the future, but we are so thankful for where we are and the journey that gotten us here. Though God has brought us this far, we also couldn't have made it to this point without our loyal and amazing customers. You guys are what makes Copperwood what is is today. We could paint and build all the furniture in the world, but without you guys trusting us and believing in our products enough to buy them, we obviously couldn't continue to do what we do.  Just remember that ever time you enter our doors, we are truly thankful for your business and support.

I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about what brought us to this shop and what fuels our passions. I'd love to answer any questions you guys may have as well!

In an effort to push our business to the next level, I promise that I am going to try to be more religious about bringing you guys regular, useful blogs with great information! Stay tuned for more my friends!

Until next time,


The Copperwood guys head West to go pickin'

Last weekend we “allowed” our guys to take what they told us was a trip of a lifetime (*** insert lots of sarcasm).  They like to think that they are the picking kings of Cartersville! When it comes to buying and selling they are truly passionate, but that passion is a little terrifying. Sometimes their “amazingly awesome” purchases aren’t always the most desirable items to our typical market. One time they came back to the store with an old metal racecar seat, faces gleaming with pride… The first words out of my mouth were, “Dude really?” Uh yea… That seat has made its way into a dark corner of our workshop just collecting dust. Keeping that little background story in mind here’s the story of the best picking adventure yet!



The “Ustins” are three members of the Copperwood family. Dustin, Justin, & Dustin.  Because they are usually found together, we just collectively call them the “Ustin’s”. Each are burly and bearded men who love to get their hands dirty.


A few weeks ago, they made a connection with a guy who owns a barn that had been collecting “junk” for five generations. The owner mentioned a few items that may been buried inside, however they set out on their picking experience mostly blind regarding expectations. One of the bigger treasures the owner did mention were old barber chairs. The guys began researching to up their barber knowledge.  They think that Google makes them instant experts! While the girls and Mr. Wayne spent their Saturday working away at Copperwood Co., they guys hit road at 6:00 AM and headed west. Early morning we all received an interesting photo that set the stage for the rest of the afternoon…




As they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words”… LITERALLY! Apparently the goggles are “picking goggles” that instantly raises their intelligence 500 fold.


The following info is a recollection from the guys: When we pulled up to the guy’s yard he was waiting on us. The barn was WAY bigger than we ever thought it would be! It was very overwhelming. We spent the first hour moving stuff out of way just so we could walk through the barn.  Justin adds, “That part was really bad for my ADD!” After sifting through junk and old barber items for hours, we finally made our way up to the second story of the barn. That old man had managed to use a pulley elevator to store the barber chairs in the second story. Once we saw those chairs we knew we were definitely taking some home and that our wives were definitely not going to approve of this purchase. We were totally right! Each chair weighed about 400 pounds and it was then that we realized that hand trucks were a necessary part of any picking trip and we did not bring any… lucky us. We spent the next two hours wrestling those chairs down from that top floor. Labor of love! The best part of the day was when the owner agreed to throw in a box of toupees. Yes, we did wear them and yes it was awesome!




The guys declared their trip a success by coming home with four turn of the century and well conditioned barber chairs, two barber poles, an old cash register, a stack of porcelain Wildroot signs, a vintage metal chest of drawers, and who can forget the box of toupees.

Our life is pretty entertaining, especially with so many “Ustins” floating around!