Two years after buying three buildings in the Delano area, Don Cary and his All Things Barbecue are “finally, finally” now in all three.
Cary is opening a new patio furniture division in 7,000 square feet at 826 W. Douglas, though it’s not fully stocked yet.
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“The Outdoor Living show’s this week, so, man, I’m spread thin,” Cary says.
He has about eight patio sets so far and will have 20 by the end of the week. The showroom should be fully in place by the end of April.
“It’s going to grow rapidly,” Cary says.
In 2009, Cary opened his business to sell grills, grilling accessories and barbecue sauce.
“Everything you need to make it happen,” he says.
That was in 1,700 square feet at 615 W. Douglas. Cary then doubled his space to 3,400 square feet in 2010.
In 2013, he bought three buildings at 818 through 826 W. Douglas for almost 15,000 square feet.
“All these buildings were falling down around themselves,” Cary says.
First, he worked on the 6,000 square feet at 818 W. Douglas and moved his business there.
“Then we tackled the other two.”
The middle building at 822 W. Douglas, which is 1,500 square feet, is extra showroom space for now, but eventually it will be an outdoor-kitchen area.
That and patio furniture are natural extensions of Cary’s business, he says.
“We spend a lot of time in backyards.”
The idea of patio furniture is one that customers are already appreciating, Cary says.
“Longtime customers are really excited to see it. It fits really nicely.”
Cary says he wants his patio furniture to do what his other products have done.
“I have products I can look you in the eye and say, ‘This product will outlive you.’ ”
He says he’ll sell quality furniture that’s mostly American made, though he’ll have some import products.
Cary hasn’t decided whether the furniture division should have its own name.
“We actually have a lot of brand traction with our name here.”
Cary says that for new customers, though, a new name specific to what he sells may make sense.
“We’ll just have to think about that. Brands are tough.”