Kauffman Lawn Furniture opened nearly 18 years ago as a roadside business selling picnic tables. That fall David and Dorothy Kauffman also started selling pumpkins and they realized that by displaying their items roadside, accessible to people as they drove by, that they could get them to stop.
"Over the years we just grew," Dorothy said. "We kept adding different things each year."
The Kauffmans noticed that it was their niche, something that made them unique to the public passing by. Customers were drawn into the business because they could see exactly what was offered to them.
Kauffman Lawn Furniture provides an expansive product line, offering just about anything someone might need for their outdoor space. Their largest selections include: swings, gliders, picnic tables, gym sets, storage barns, gazebos, log cabins, bridges, bird feeders, baskets, children's furniture, rocking horses, light houses, hickory furniture and hunting blinds.
"Our patio sets and our gliders are our top sellers," Dorothy said. "Although poly furniture is becoming very popular too."
Future goals for the business include getting children involved when families visit. Kauffman Lawn Furniture carries different options of backyard play sets, but they are also looking into increasing their line of children's furniture.
"Our oldest son is making furniture right now," Dorothy said.
"Our full time goal is keeping our customers satisfied and maintaining that. You don't want people to think that you have more than you can handle and right now we're currently staying on top of things. David always says that you can never be at a standstill."
According to David, Kauffman Lawn Furniture receives a lot of referrals from local businesses, "A lot of the time they say if we don't have it, nobody does."
Apart from the products that are displayed in front of Kauffman Lawn Furniture, the business also has a much larger catalogue with even more options for their customers. The business also accepts custom orders and David is willing to provide items that customers come up with.
"We can do almost anything," David said.
Priorities for Kauffman Lawn Furniture are its quality and price.
"We try to keep a fair price on our products," Dorothy said. "We discount on our discontinued items."
Dorothy also acknowledges and takes pride in the fact that the entire Kauffman family is involved with the operations of the business, including four children and two children-in-law.
"Our main goal is always to do whatever we can to make sure the customer is happy with what they have," Dorothy said. "We stand behind our products."
David added, "We have superior quality in our furniture. You can't get better quality."
Kauffman Lawn Furniture is located at 4540 U.S. Route 62 in Berlin. During the summer season business hours are extended to Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., as compared to the winter hours of Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information visit www.kauffmanlawnfurniture.com or call 330-893-3149.