Business

Moving to Fairhaven working out for two unique family stores

Owners Joe and Joyce Miles stand in the new location of Miles Woodworking and Joe’s Sports Memorabilia at 1201 11th St., Fairhaven, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Their son, Joe Miles, makes all the wood furniture.
Owners Joe and Joyce Miles stand in the new location of Miles Woodworking and Joe’s Sports Memorabilia at 1201 11th St., Fairhaven, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Their son, Joe Miles, makes all the wood furniture. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Two family-run businesses have moved into a bigger space in Fairhaven this month and it’s already paying dividends.

On Feb. 1 Miles Woodworking and Joe’s Sports Memorabilia moved into 1201 11th St. in Fairhaven, across from Village Books. The company originally was opened nearly two years ago on Cornwall Avenue by Joe and Joyce Miles. Their son, Joe Miles III, makes the furniture that’s in the store.

Of the 1,900 square feet of space, about 1,400 is dedicated to the furniture store. While in the same space, the two shops have separate entrances.

The additional space means more furniture is on display, from dining room tables and rocking chairs to cutting boards and bar stools. Most of the sales come from custom orders, Joe Miles said.

Joe’s Sports Memorabilia is also offering more memorabilia as a result of the move. He said football cards have been more popular, so he’s been bringing in more. He’s also noticed a change in demographics. While adult men are still his main customer base, more boys and girls are getting into card collecting.

Though the businesses have been in the new location only a few weeks, Joe Miles said they’ve seen a new influx of customers. Also, Miles Woodworking is seeing more people up from the Seattle and Bellevue areas.

The businesses are open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Tuesday. For details, visit the Joe’s Sports Cards or the Miles Woodworking Facebook pages.

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