The Dart: Business all in the family for Weeks clan

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 22, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; For Steve Weeks, it seems, work and family couldn&8217;t be more closely intertwined &8212; and that stands true for his past, present and, he hopes, his future.

Weeks said his parents, J.B. and Sue Weeks, started Weeks Furniture at the west end of Carter Street 40 years ago.

The business&8217; motto? &8220;Our policy is, we guarantee the lowest price,&8221; Weeks said.

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That&8217;s still the policy now that Steve and his wife, Angie, run the business, which they&8217;ve been doing for 15 years now.

As the years have passed, business has grown, Weeks said, noting that word of mouth, in addition to advertising, has done much to help that.

&8220;We sell to people all over the country,&8221; Weeks said.

&8220;Someone will come to visit their daughter from somewhere else in the country, see a piece of furniture and ask &8216;Where&8217;d you get that?&8217; And (the mother) will have us ship one to her.&8221;

To handle such business, Weeks and his wife have enlisted their two daughters, Shannon Probst and Stephanie Smith, making the store a family affair.

And Weeks said he looks forward to the day he can hand the store over to his daughters for them to run, keeping it all in the family.

For now, at least, he&8217;s content to remain the business&8217; hands-on owner &8212; for example, catching up on data entry and paperwork on a Saturday afternoon.

But before he got back to such tasks, he had to make sure customers were being served.

&8220;As long as people give us the chance, you can be sure we&8217;ll make the sale,&8221; Weeks said.