Not just for summer

Outdoor furniture in demand year round at Swiss Country Lawn, Crafts

By CHRISTINE L. PRATTStaff Writer Published:

A family-owned and operated business, Swiss Country Lawn and Crafts has a variety of patio and lawn furniture, play sets and indoor home decorating accessories for shoppers of all kinds to peruse.

Started in 1989 at the home of Dwight and Mabel Mast, the business has grown exponentially, and moved to the current location at 2131 state Route 39, Sugarcreek, in 1995.

"We started with just a few pieces of lawn furniture in the front yard," said Dwight Mast, adding since moving the business has grown to include a variety of outdoor and indoor items for the home.

"We offer a large collection of the area's finest Amish-made lawn furniture, gazebos, swing sets, and lawn ornaments to beautify outdoor living areas. The gift shop is full of country crafts, home décor, candles and rhythm clocks," according to the website, www.swisscountrylawn.com, through which they also sell select merchandise.

"We offer wood and poly lawn and patio furniture and picnic tables. Our main builder is LuxCraft," said Mast, explaining the LuxCraft brand is manufactured by a local Amishman who builds a "very quality product."

"I feel like it's one of the best. He does very quality furniture and we've been selling it since about 1990," Mast said.

Also available for purchase are a variety of Playmor kids play sets, with free local delivery within 25 miles.

Expansion to include the home décor products came with the move and as a means to make the business profitable for the family year-round, said Mast, who gave up his job in construction at the time of the move.

"When we expanded, lawn and patio furniture was very seasonal, April to late July. We added the crafts to compensate. As of this year, in the past years even, it isn't as much that way. People buy lawn furniture even after the season is past," Mast said.

Among the top sellers are battery-operated candles with timers, rhythm clocks and resin bowls.

A rhythm clock is a "motion clock," said Mast, explaining it opens and plays music -- Christmas, classical, hymns. "They're very precisely manufactured."

The resin bowls, crafted to look like wood, come in a variety of sizes and often are used in home decorating. "They're done very well. It's not a cheap product," he said.

They also offer traditional wick candles, seasonal décor and customized gift sets, which can be made to include homemade potpourri and a candle.

Mast said he takes pride in knowing that the business has many repeat customers. He said they focus on customer service and try to satisfy every customers' need. The business is staffed by not only he and his wife, but their five children and four other employees. "We give a lot of credit to our employees. They do a super job."

For more information about Swiss Country Lawn and Craft, visit the website or call 330-852-2031.

Reporter Christine L. Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or by email at cpratt@the-daily-record.com.

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