Bounce back, one business client at a time
When Danny Killion was younger he robbed banks, but when he went to jail he found he could use his creative talents to make money.
“So I started working here and had construction jobs and stuff like that that I hated, but I would walk along rivers after work and find all this fresh wood. And because I got heavily involved in art projects when I was in prison, that was kind of my saving grace, ”said Killion, now owner of Weathered Wood.
What would you like to know
- Danny Killion opened his Weathered Wood store nine years ago in the heart of downtown Troy
- He takes driftwood from the Hudson River and creates furniture, lamps and wedding arches
- He says after a long year and a half of COVID, business is starting to pick up
He opened his shop, Weathered Wood, nine years ago in the heart of downtown Troy, where he takes driftwood from the Hudson River and creates furniture, lamps and wedding arches, beautiful additions to people’s life.
Support for small businesses has been even greater over the past year. He says that while owning a small store can be a 24/7 responsibility, people of color face unique challenges.
“So I think it’s the importance of supporting women-owned businesses, black-owned businesses, LGBTQ-owned businesses, because it’s already a struggle to be a small business owner. , but it’s a struggle in life, in general, to be in one of those groups, ”Killion said.
A lot of what it does is hire weddings, and last year as the wedding industry took a huge hit, stores like Weathered Wood did too.
“We probably had 35 weddings in 2019. No weddings in 2020, a total loss of income, but no one was going out either, so no traffic in farmers’ markets, no retail traffic at all. We were dead in the water, ”Killion said.
The store barely got through the pandemic, but now business is picking up. Because while the pandemic may have suspended Killion’s income, nothing can stifle his passion to keep creating.