Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Dickinson.
Anthony, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My last restaurant management position, which ultimately led to my decision to leave the food service industry, was in Arkansas. I soon found my calling when I moved to Phoenix and began employment for a local high-end outdoor furnishings retailer. I had absolutely no idea what a huge role outdoor furnishing had in leisure and lifestyle as it does here in Arizona. With soft goods production, customer service and even some sales and administrative duties, I learned a great deal about the product, care, maintenance, repair and especially the devastating affect the sun can have on its life and integrity of presentation.
What was once mostly all vinyl strap furniture has now become luxury fabric, traditional to contemporary finishes, metal or stone accessories, all with one thing in common (exactly what I recognized during my experience and the brain thrust behind our concept), which is a lack of care and maintenance knowledge being passed along to the consumer. There is also this mindset that it’s just outdoor furniture… so why should it have to be maintained? The answer to that is because a lot of money and time is invested in the outdoor areas enjoyed for leisure and entertainment. Protecting that investment, refurbishing as needed over its life and not having to discard it (buying new every several years) means reaping the full value and wear of the furnishings. That is why we launched our concept as a total care and restoration provider of quality outdoor furnishings and accessories.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Having started this venture from my own porch, without two nickels to rub together and doing the work myself the biggest challenge we have faced is our pace of growth. Granted it is a good problem to have but I very quickly needed to add staff which required more space, additional tools, vehicles. Once we got into a location we had to acquire additional manpower, tools, vehicles and our business took off so fast we soon found ourselves again needing even more area, tools, manpower etc. Along with all the associated business expenses our growth was outpacing the capitol. It has been a tough pace to keep for the fist year of our young business.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with PATIO FURNITURE RESCUE – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We may be the new kid on the block, however, we have quickly become the premier outdoor furniture service provider because of our total care concept. Offering more than just repair or sling and cushion replacement, we offer a full range of cleaning, maintenance, follow up and a streamlined process to schedule service for our customers. In most cases, we are able to provide estimates up front and can show fabric samples for selection at the time of scheduled pick up. We are your one-stop shop without having to leave home.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We look to open additional service outlets, possibly even franchise the units. With our primary location very accessible to the local service area we have our sights set on the northern region, West and East Valleys for starters.
- Address: 17020 N 27th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
- Website: www.patiofurniturerescue.com
- Phone: 623.694.2091
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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