Ryan Meyer and his crew manage to turn huge, dried logs into cute teddy bears ready to charm lovers for Valentine’s Day. They also make benches, wedding-cake stands and furniture. He does it all from The Wood Den, that he opened about 10 years ago. The studio stands in the town’s old bus depot on Bailey Road near Highway 61. But, Meyer does work on-site 45 minutes away in the St. Louis area.
He says his work and customer service are unmatched. He said the same thing about his other business neighbors in Crystal City. That is why he says no matter if you live in a small town or a big city, a locally-owned business should be at the top of every customer’s list.
“I think the majority of this community tries to patronize the businesses here on Main Street,” Meyer said. “You get to meet the person who owns the business most of the time. And, you get to talk to the person who puts your flower arrangement together or who creates your bench or what have rather than someone who just assembled it.”
The Wood Den
401 Bailey Road
Crystal City, MO 63019