Haywood County native Zac Guy brings business to Bethel

Appalachian Antique Hardwoods going strong
By Caroline Klapper | Nov 28, 2012
Photo by: Donated photo Appalachian Antique Hardwoods has moved into a plant in Bethel.

At the young age of 17, Zac Guy got his first start in business.

He’d just torn town an old barn and was hauling away the wood in his truck when he made what he thought would be a quick stop at Bethel Grocery. But the antique wood immediately attracted the attention of a man in the parking lot, who offered to buy the whole load right then and there out of Guy’s truck bed.

After refusing a few times, Guy finally agreed and was told that if he had any more wood like it, the man would buy that, too. Seeing an opportunity, Guy used the money from the sale to buy another old barn and tear it down. Then, he turned around and sold that wood for an even bigger profit.

“Something sort of sparked, and I said, ‘Huh, maybe somebody is interested in this,’” he said.

The business born of that chance encounter would help Guy pay for college, provide extra income for his family and eventually become his full-time work as Appalachian Antique Hardwoods grew and flourished.

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