JANUARY BUSINESS: JC Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio
J.C. Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio Shop isn’t in the business of creating the same type of patio over and over. Instead, the folks behind the patio furniture store are dedicated to curating an environment that’s completely and totally you.
“Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you see all the different styles of furniture available,” manager Beverly Hayden said. “What’s helpful to our customers is that we have a history with all the different types of furniture, fabrics and materials from companies we represent, therefore we can help customers create a space where it’s not ‘cookie cutter,’ but an expressive and beautiful grouping of furniture that comes together and looks just smashing.”
The fireplace and patio furniture store, located at 17 W. 1st St. in Edmond, offers everything from aluminum, teak, wicker and wrought iron patio furniture to outdoor cushions, hammocks and umbrellas. Customers also will find an assortment of fire pits, gas logs and fireplace accessories. Items can be purchased off the floor or special ordered to the customer’s liking.
Oklahomans start planning additions to their outdoor spaces as early as January, and that works out just fine for Swanson’s Fireplace & Patio Shop because the store keeps its merchandise on the sales floor all year long.
A family owned and operated store from the beginning, it was the late J.C. Swanson and his wife Mary Alice, who, in 1961, purchased the indoor furniture store, Montgomery Furniture, after working up the ladder from delivery to sales. The fireplace and outdoor furniture store was opened in 1994 with Beverly joining them in 1997.
J.C., who passed away in September, was quite the conversationalist, never met a stranger and set his customers at ease with his ornery sense of humor. It wasn’t uncommon for the former Edmond city councilman to spend two or three hours with his customer as they browsed the shop together. And that “gift of gab,” Beverly said, was not unique to her dad—it definitely runs in the family.
“This has always been a great place to come and laugh and enjoy and create neat spaces,” Beverly said. “Once a customer comes in and we have developed a friendship and a relationship with them and we serve them—hopefully at a quality level each and every time—that relation-ship ends up being the best part about it.”
Visit swansonsfireplaceandpatio.com or call (405) 341-2770 to learn more.