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Over 20 years ago, David and Dorothy Kauffman started selling picnic tables as a small roadside business in Amish Country. They discovered that by making their products so easily accessible by being roadside, they could easily cater to the tourists passing through.
"Over the years we just grew," Dorothy said in a previous interview with Amish Heartland magazine. "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.
Today, Kauffman Lawn Furniture still serves as a roadside business just outside of Berlin. But you won’t find just a handful of picnic tables. Driving route 62, into the heart of Berlin, your eyes are drawn to a towering lighthouse, dozens of immaculate children’s play sets and a wide assortment of picnic tables, brightly colored lounge chairs, and much more.
David stresses quality when he talks about his products, “our quality is the best in the industry and what sets us apart.” Much of Kauffman’s inventory includes Poly furniture which, David said, is “maintenance free and has a lifetime guarantee.”
Along with an expansive line of poly furniture, Kauffman Lawn Furniture also carries wood and vinyl items. You can find just about everything to create your outdoor oasis this summer. From pergolas, gazebos and pavilions, to Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and benches.
Some new items added to the Kauffman Lawn Furniture inventory include “deep seating” pieces such as outdoor couches, sofas and chairs with trendy upholstery in the most popular colors and patterns.
Who doesn’t love to sit around the fire on a warm summers night and catch up with friends? Kauffman’s Lawn Furniture makes it easy to entertain guests with their line of outdoor fireplaces and complete line of outdoor cookware including: portable kettles, grills and pots, and tripods for setting them up.
For those with adventurous little ones, there are endless options of outdoor play sets. The children can climb and test out most of the playground equipment right on site. “Swing sets are very popular this time of year. The young kids love coming and trying out the playground equipment,” said David. One of his favorite parts of the business is seeing the children having fun picking out their new toy.
Have an idea for your landscaping project but are not sure where to start? While there are no professional designers on staff, David feels confident in his knowledge of the products to help his customers get what they need.
“We’ve been at it for over 20 years so we have a pretty good idea of what our customers need,” said David. “My wife and daughter are very good at that sort of thing” (visualizing what would work best in someones space).
Kauffman’s Lawn Furniture has over 20 different color combinations to choose from but before you get overwhelmed with the endless options, David said they can send home samples to find out what will match what you already have started.
No space is complete without a few accessories such as: lighthouses, bird houses, bird baths and feeders, weather vanes, corn hole games and much more. Add an umbrella to your picnic table or brightly colored throw pillow to your outdoor sofa for a little pop of color.
“Now is the time of year when people start thinking about lawn furniture,” David said. “After they mow the grass for the first time, they start getting a feel for their landscape projects.”
For the avid hunter in your family, Kauffman Lawn Furniture carries large hunting blinds and cabins. New this year is the octagonal hunting blind with viewing from all angles. The real log cabins are also very popular and orders should be placed early to get one of these large structures.
An expanded line of storage barns makes it easy to look through different styles and sizes. Who couldn’t use a little extra storage on their property?
So you came to Amish Country for a visit with no plans of making such a large purchase and now you are wondering, “how will I get this home?” Kauffman Lawn Furniture offers a professional delivery and set-up service even if you live out of state.
It all comes back to a quality product and customer service. “We offer service like we would want ourselves from start to finish,” said David. In fact, most of Kauffman Lawn Furniture employees are a part of the family making them very knowledgeable of the products.
“Our children grew up helping out with the business and are knowledgeable about both the business and the area,” he added.
David wants to see his customers completely satisfied with their purchase no matter what, and so far his business has been pretty successful. “2014 was a really good year for us and 2015 is already off to a good start.”
Make Kauffman Lawn Furniture your first stop when planning your landscaping projects this year.
Kauffman Lawn Furniture is located at 4540 U.S. Route 62 in Berlin. During the summer season (April-November) business hours are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and winter hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional information visit www.kauffmanlawnfurniture.com or call 330-893-3149.