Lawrence Designs is now open at 19707 East Main St. across from Mallard’s Restaurant.

It’s been a side business for three and a half years for Benjie Lawrence, but now it’s his main business.

He formerly worked for CSX, but his design business has grown to the point, he had to make a business decision which was to open a store where his work would be more visible.

He says he is self-taught in his profession and credits his grandfather, Lewis Carter, of Huntingdon for his talent. He says his first piece was an American flag pallet that he made for Gail Akins in Aug. 2014.

“She put it on Facebook and that’s what got it started,” he said. “By the end of the day I had several orders.”

His wife, Nichole, is very involved in the business, he says. She does a lot of the painting. She is also the Community Relations officer for TDOT at Jackson.

His type of products are very popular with much of it having to do with the farmhouse look.

He does everything from candles and signs to various types of furniture such as tables, swings and chairs at his shop in McLemoresville.

“You find a photo of something you want and I’ll try it,” he said.

The business is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 until 5 p.m. and you may call 225-1784.

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