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A name like Country View is more than appropriate for the landscape that surrounds this business. Nestled in the twists and turns of state Route 557, up on a little hill overlooking the rolling farmland of Farmerstown, lays a vast selection of the most beautiful wicker furniture.
Sisters Esta and Verna Yoder started Country View Wicker 16 years ago with a goal to provide quality wicker furniture to the locals and travelers to the area. Unlike most Amish businesses, this one did not start out as a family business passed down from generation to generation.
"We were praying about what God wanted us to do and He led us to this," Esta said.
The two sisters purchased the existing store and its inventory from the previous owners and have continued to grow the business. "It wasn't much compared to what it is now," Esta saud. Their showroom is filled with hundreds of wicker tables, chairs, benches, vanities, dressers and much more.
Country View Wicker carries both indoor and outdoor wicker furniture in rattan and resin options. The classic rattan wicker is described by Esta as "your old-time wicker." This style of wicker has been around for hundreds of years and has proven to stand the test of time.
"This style is good for a sunroom" or more protected atmosphere, Esta said.
Resin wicker gives the furniture a more modern look and has been the most popular style of wicker for the store. Resin wicker furniture is built on an aluminum frame and is "made to weather," Esta said. This style of wicker can be used both indoors and outdoors.
The resin wicker is quite durable and comes with a three year warranty. "I have a set of the resin wicker that has been in my own backyard for 11 years," said Esta.
Can't find exactly what you are looking for that fits your homes unique style? Country View Wicker provides many opportunities for customization. When ordering the rattan style wicker, customers can customize the final look by choosing the stain color. Classic white, shades of brown and even black are some options for your new wicker piece.
Don't forget the cushions! Once you have the perfect color picked out for your new wicker loveseat or rocking chair, you're going to want something comfy and stylish to sit on. Country View Wicker has some of the most beautiful and colorful cushions in a variety of patterns. From traditional floral, to stripes and polka dots to even solid colors if patterns just are not your thing.
Country View Wicker carries lots of options to choose from, but once again, if you can't find what you are looking for, they can order what you need. Sample books are filled with swatches of the brightest blues and greens, elegant reds, striped with browns and creams, modern splashes of yellows and grays and much more.
Maybe you have a set of fine wicker furniture, but your cushions might need to be updated. Bring them in and sit down with one of the sisters to pick out a new fabric or replace your favorite old pattern. Country View Wicker offers a recovering service for your old, outdated cushions.
Country View Wicker also carries a line of cast aluminum furniture, which makes perfect outdoor dining sets. "We carry furniture for casual outdoor living," Esta said. A small line of vinyl, outdoor Adirondack chairs, benches and a fire pit are available in some of the most vibrant and traditional colors.
Naturally, the summer months are the time when everyone is thinking about updating patios and sunrooms with the latest outdoor décor. "April through July are our busiest months, and then it tapers off into August and then business picks up again in the fall," Esta said.
A special "Fall Sale" is held every year, the last week in October. Customers can expect special discounts of up to 10 percent off and mark downs of older style furniture pieces. Wicker furniture sets make wonderful anniversary, birthday or Christmas gifts for family members.
Esta said despite a late start to spring (due to an exhausting winter), business has been good for Country View Wicker. "Business has been pretty good. I can't complain," said Esta. The sisters hope to continue growing their inventory with the latest in wicker trends and styles and continue to provide the locals with top quality furniture products.
Drive on out to Country View Wicker and check out their fine selection of indoor and outdoor décor. Even if you're not quite ready to make a purchase, get inspired by their showroom set-ups. The drive alone is worth it, and with a gorgeous view of the countryside it makes it hard to want to leave the Amish Heartland.
Country View Wicker is located at 2701 state Route 557, just east of Farmerstown. (Mailing address is Baltic, Ohio 43804.) Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, give them a call at (330) 897-6007 or visit www.countryviewwicker.com to shop online and browse some of their collections.