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First News Spring 2006

Business Spotlight - Raton
Home Makeover

   Woody's Furniture will celebrate its 60th anniversary this year as a full- service furniture, appliance and floor-covering store providing brand names in the mid-price ranges. Originally named Modern Electric in 1946, the store started as an appliance retailer owned and operated by Wendell and Katherine Woodworth. In 1969, their son Howard and his wife Carol moved to Raton from Denver to manage the store. Over the next five years, Woody's expanded into furniture and floor covering, then moved to its present location at 139 S. 2nd in Raton.

   Today Howard has pulled back from day-to-day operations of the store and Janis Powledge is now store manager. She's worked at Woody’s for 24 years beginning as the bookkeeper, then expanding into sales and management. Lex Sisneros, who has been at Woody’s for five years, helps Janis with both sales and the administrative functions. Meanwhile, Eugene Pacheco and Derek Theobald both help with sales and distribution. Although they are independent craftsmen, both Curley Montoya and Richard Johnson have a close working relationship with the store by installing carpet for Woody’s customers over the years.

   Brand names carried by Woody’s include Ashley, Simmons, General Electric, Maytag, Mohawk, Shaw and Lane. When choosing brands the main criterion is customer value. Woody’s chooses not only industry leaders, but companies who provide the greatest service to smaller towns and their customers. Today, Woodworth considers the loyal customer base acquired over 60 years its number one asset, followed closely by a talented and experienced staff. One form of service which Woody’s is dedicated to providing is free delivery. Customers in Trinidad and the surrounding area have learned to depend on seeing their delivery truck in their area every Tuesday and Friday. They are just as consistent in serving the New Mexico towns of Maxwell, Springer, and Cimarron every Thursday. Giving back to the community is an important belief at Woody’s. Woodworth serves on the boards of Raton MainStreet, Inc., Raton Arts Council, Raton Museum, Raton Community Development Association, Raton Choral Society, and the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts. Remember, when it's time for a household makeover, visit with the good people at Woody's. Store hours are: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Lex Sisneros, Janis Powledge
Eugene Pacheco and Derek Theobald
Howard Woodworth

Woody's Furniture
139 South Second Street
Raton NM 87740
(505) 445-9211


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