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Business name: Heart of Wood.
Owners: Sharon and Bob Lewis.
Address: 4221 N.W. Fruit Valley Road
What the business does: Sharon Lewis said Heart of Wood uses reject Douglas fir lumber that is manufactured at Columbia Vista (a Vancouver lumber mill Sharon and Bob Lewis own) as well as salvaged hardwood species, to build indoor furniture and outdoor fixtures such as planter boxes. This below-grade lumber in the past it would be chipped for the fiber or turned into a lesser product. By finding a better use for the wood, Heart of Wood is extending its useful life and creating something beautiful. The company make tables of all sizes, benches, dressers, bookshelves, planter boxes, sheds. It also works to produce custom projects for its customers.
Steps the company is taking to build business: Sharon and Bob Lewis are working to develop a name brand and a recognizable product line. Their focus is on sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint while producing stylish, long-lasting products. In addition to working with local designers and customers, they are working with customers in Japan and other parts of Asia to sell furniture there.
Greatest challenge: Sharon Lewis said marketing of their product has been slow as handcrafted furniture is considered a luxury. She and her husband are working to develop more of a following via their website and social media to reach out to people who will actually see and touch the furniture and love it.
What is your favorite part of the job: For Sharon, it is working with her customers and her team to come up with ideas for pieces and then seeing those pieces materialize.
What's ahead: The owners hope to grow our business by word of mouth. They're attending the home and garden shows and working on finding places to have their pieces on display or for sale. Their goal is to produce enough products to double their workforce in a year.Year established in Clark County: 2011.Employees: Two full-time; one part-time.
Hours: Call 360-921-9547; visit by appointment.