Home » MBJ FEATURE » The Green Door Company is making its mark on the industry

The Green Door Company is making its mark on the industry

Missy & Will Hopkins

Missy & Will Hopkins

Will and Missy Hopkins own the The Green Door Company in Oxford, which specializes in custom-made furniture crafted from repurposed material. Their shop sits at 1501 Molly Barr Road.

Q — How long has The Green Door Company been open, and how did it get its start?

A — We opened in our current location in August of 2011. We began in a booth space of a local antique mall here in Oxford, then expanded to two, then three, booths. The response we received from customers prompted us to research retail space options. When we fell upon the right space we decided to open our own location.

Q — You specialize in furniture made from re-purposed material. Explain what re-purposed material means, and the process of turning it into furniture.

A — Reclaimed materials are hardwoods and timber that have usually been part of a structure or building which has been “salvaged” or disassembled. The wood planking and beams, and even the hardware, are re-purposed or “upcycled” when used to create another item. The specialty of The Green Door Company is one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that are individually crafted from reclaimed materials. The type of wood is considered as well as any existing finish on the wood such a weathered paint or patina that would lend itself more toward a table top or a cabinet front for instance. We want to showcase the true character of the wood and many times that consideration leads the decision of what specific piece or design that wood is re-purposed for.

Q — What’s some of the more unusual repurposed material you’ve worked with, or otherwise encountered, for a piece of furniture?

A — We have several table tops that are created from really large and intricately detailed doors from grand entryways.

Will has crafted many heirloom pieces as custom builds from items that customers have brought him. Examples of these are: A door to the dairy barn that a customer grew up working with her grandfather that was made into a large cocktail table, really old 8″ x 8″ cypress beams that formed the top of a hay loft that Will used to create the posts of a king-sized bed, and dresser drawer facings that were made with reclaimed hand carvings.

Q — Furniture made from reclaimed material – especially hardwood or timber – seems to be really popular. Why is that?

A — We have found that customers really appreciate having something that no one else will have. They very much like having these pieces that show age, character and tell a story. In the case of the custom built pieces, customers enjoy knowing that they “commissioned” their very own furniture and worked with Will from sketch to completion to get just what they want and then have their own story to tell.

Q — What is your future vision for The Green Door Company?

A — We would like to continue growing our customer base, of course, and increase the awareness of our large retail space full of one-of-a-kind reclaimed wood furniture.

Also, we are working on adding to our merchandise with a reasonably priced line of area rugs, lamp line and table top accessories.

 

More on Will:

Must have Mississippi food: Fried catfish and Smith County watermelon

Favorite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Last book read: The Litigators by John Grisham

 

More on Missy:

Must have Mississippi food: Fried catfish and Smith County watermelon

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music

Last book read: Eudora Welty on William Faulkner by Eudora Welty

BEFORE YOU GO…

… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About Clay Chandler

Leave a Reply