Out on the Patio
In Spring 2006, owner Katrina Kohnle was faced with a career dilemna. She was a busy Dermatology sales representative and a mother of 3. Her sales territory was expanding -" I was already spending close to 70 hours a month in a car and the thought of doubling that was overwhelming." Add to that a husband who also has a large sales territory. We had discussed through the years that we would love to own our own business. We even made it thorough a vigorous franchise application. We just weren't sure that a franchise was the route we wanted to take. I wanted to create a niche market!"
In the Summer of 2006, Out on the Patio was started as an outdoor design company. Katrina's background includes 8 years of Career and Technology education (teaching interior design, consumer skills)plus the 10 years as a pharmaceutical rep (Sales, Marketing, customer relations and management). These skills plus life experience of building a house made for a solid starting ground to build a business. "Initially I thought I would help people purchase items for completing their backyard projects through design vendors in the metroplex and online. I found out quickly people wanted to sit in the higher end outdoor furniture and nobody in the area sold it." Katrina started to add lines of outdoor furniture and accessories but wanted to keep the "By-appointment only" business model, in order to maintain the highest quality of specialized customer service.
The Out on the Patio appointment only showroom was opened in the Spring of 2007. Out on the Patio is family owned and operated. Katrina's children and husband not only lend their moral support but their physical skills as well. Sons Ethan, Drew and daughter Addison are on call to help with smaller deliveries and assembly. Drew has also played an important roll in the Audio visual side of the business. He helps create slide shows and other advertising for our annual Home and Garden booth and showroom.
At the end of 2011, Katrina has taken steps to expand the business to a retail location and all the exciting possibilities this has to offer! Today in 2012, Out on the Patio offers many products and services including outdoor furniture for both residential and commercial settings, outdoor accessories, and cushion replacements, in both a showroom setting and online store. Katrina continues to offer clients the one on one interaction during the ordering process at their home or in the showroom and is on site for the deliveries. "We strive to bring the best customer service and products that are possible"
Out on the Patio is a member of Lubbock West Texas Home Builders Association, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Lubbock Apartment Association. Since 2006, Out on the Patio has had products on display at West Texas Home Builders Association Parade of Homes. In the 2009 Parade of Homes, Out on the Patio products were also purchased for the commercial areas as well.
Out on the Patio
12308 Slide Road
Lubbock, Texas 79424