Homecrest Outdoor Living considers itself a blue-collar brand.
The company offers a full line of outdoor furniture at a reasonable price — especially considering customers buy once and never need to buy again.
“We offer deep seating and dining options for both residential and commercial customers,” said Homecrest representative Brandon Grady. “We’ve been in business for over 70 years, and we’re still fully manufactured in the U.S. in Wadena, Minnesota.”
In Omaha, the Homecrest brand is available at Outdoor Kitchen & Patio, which has been selling Homecrest products for over 30 years.
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“Dan Gould built the business with a ton of hard work and excellent customer service,” Grady said.
“Kelly (and Kara) Walters have kept the heritage alive and as strong as ever. They are, without a doubt, one of the best Homecrest retailers in the country.”
Homecrest has been one of the strongest innovators in the outdoor industry for decades, Grady said.
Originating in the back of a furniture shop in Wadena, Homecrest began by selling ottomans.
They created a swivel rocker chair — originally intended for indoor use — to pair with the ottoman. The mechanism was so robust that it would hold up outdoors, and the rest is history.
The ball bearing, coil-spring design is still used in their chairs today.
“The outdoor swivel rocker is what built the brand over all these years, and it’s still the most comfortable chair in the industry,” Grady said.
Homecrest is known for “comfort and quality,” Grady said.
“We’re the only manufacturer in the industry to use a double-layer sling on our chairs, which provides added comfort and gives us the ability to offer the only 5-year sling warranty in the industry.”
True to its brand, Grady said because Homecrest products are more expensive than the big box brands, their customers appreciate that they will likely never need to buy again.
“One of our top selling items is replacement slings for 20- to 30-year-old furniture that is still intact, but just needs to be freshened up,” Grady said.
Find this brand at Omaha’s Outdoor Kitchen & Patio
Outdoor Kitchen & Patio is the area’s largest year-round dealer of high-end patio furniture, grills and fireplaces.
“Our reputation is simple: We offer quality products in a customer-friendly atmosphere,” co-owner Kelly Walters said. “Service, during and after the sale, is ultimately more important than the sale itself.”
They offer outdoor furniture from roughly 15 upper-tier manufacturers as well as outdoor appliances (mostly grills) from another 10-plus outdoor kitchen suppliers/manufacturers. They also install and service indoor (mostly vent-free) fireplaces.
When he purchased Outdoor Kitchen & Patio with his wife in 2020 from Dan and Mary Gould, Kelly Walters didn’t have any true retail experience aside from part-time work during high school and college.
For Walters, the decision to purchase the store was grounded in the desire to stay active in the business community.
For more information or to shop all brands, visit www.outdoorkitchen.com.
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