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Business in the Spotlight

THE NORTON CITY COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHOOSES A NORTON COUNTY BUSINESS TO SPOTLIGHT EACH MONTH AS THE BUSINESS IN THE SPOTLIGHT. THIS MONTH IS JAY’S WOODWORK SHOP. JAY FAWCETT HAD WORKED FOR MORRIS BROWN AT M.N. BROWN PLUMBING & CABINET SHOP LOCATED AT 206 N 2ND STREET, WHICH TODAY IS THE THRIFT SHOP.
On January 1, 1953, Jay Fawcett bought out Brown’s Cabinet Shop supplies and hand tools. He rented a white wooden building on the corner south of the Thrift Shop that was owned by the Brown’s. This became Jays Woodwork Shop, located at 202 N 2nd Street. In 1963 Jay purchased a lot and built the present day Jay’s Woodwork Shop located at 907 N Norton Ave, just north of the old Kansasland Tire Shop. IN 1976 JAY WAS LOOKING FOR A HIRED MAN THAT HE WOULDN’T HAVE TO TRAIN. ED WITT HAD GRADUATED IN MAY FROM MID-PLAINS VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA, WITH AN ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. JAY KNEW ED’S GRANDPARENTS AND WORD REACHED ED ABOUT THE JOB OPENING. ED THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND STARTED WORKING FOR JAY AND VIDA ON JUNE 14, 1976. HE CONTINUED TO WORK FOR THEM UNTIL JAY’S DEATH IN FEBRUARY OF 1985. ON JUNE 1ST OF 1985 ED BOUGHT THE BUSINESS FROM JAY’S WIFE, VIDA. ONE OF THE THINGS ED LIKES THE MOST ABOUT THIS BUSINESS IS BEING ABLE TO BRING HIS CUSTOMER’S IDEAS TO REALITY AND HAVE THEM PLEASED WITH THE FINISHED PRODUCT. WORD OF MOUTH CAN BE YOUR BEST ADVERTISEMENT. PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IS TRYING TO COMPETE PRICE-WISE WITH FACTORY CABINETS AND OTHER ITEMS. ED EXPLAINED, “THEY ARE DONE ON A LARGE PRODUCTION LINE. I BUILD THEM ONE CABINET AT A TIME. CUSTOM CABINETS FROM MY SHOP ARE BUILT BETTER TO LAST, AND COST MORE BECAUSE OF THE EXTRA TIME INVOLVED.” SOME OF THE ITEMS ED CREATES INCLUDE: GUN CABINETS, ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS, KITCHEN AND BATH CABINETS AND COUNTERTOPS, BOOKCASES, DRESSERS, ARMOIRES, AND CHINA CABINETS. HE ALSO DOES REFINISHING WORK AND FURNITURE REPAIRS.
ED’S VISION OF THE FUTURE INCLUDES UPDATING AND INSTALLING A FINISHING ROOM, AND UPDATING SOME EQUIPMENT. HE SAYS HE STAYS BUSY BECAUSE OF HIS WIDE RANGE OF WORK.