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The Coastal Insider Visits Custom Outdoor Furniture and Restrapping

August 31, 2018 latest news Comments Off on The Coastal Insider Visits Custom Outdoor Furniture and Restrapping

CUSTOM OUTDOOR FURNITURE
The Insider Team THE INSIDER TEAM

The team of Custom Outdoor Furniture runs three generations deep. From left to right lounging on furniture by Design Balcony: Happy Land, Sarah “Sam” Cox, Mama Jane Holshouser, Olivia Cox, and Gregg Holshouser. –Photo by Meganpixels Parker / Latoya Grayson
A FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS WITH GOOD OLD FASHIONED VALUES
BY MELISSA LASCALEIA
Custom Outdoor Furniture is a family owned business in Garden City; and next year they’ll be celebrating their 40th anniversary in business.

In an interview with the Insider, the second-generation co-owner, Gregg Holshouser, shares the story of how they got started.

“My dad was living in Garden City Beach, just south of Myrtle Beach,” Gregg says, “and one day in 1979 he was driving along Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. He saw a few chaise lounges out beside a dumpster, and noticed that the frames were in very good shape, and only the straps needed replacing. He began thinking— there has to be a way to replace the straps and salvage the frames— rather than throw the entire piece of furniture away.”

Gregg’s dad, Carrol Holshouser, investigated his idea further, and found contacts in Florida who provided vinyl strapping. Before long, in his own garage, a block from the beach, he started restrapping furniture from local hotels.

The business was born.

“Back then, my dad called our business Furniture Restrapping,” Gregg says. “And it evolved from there over time. He originally built a little contraption that you could cut the straps on, and you used a mallet and a hand punch to cut the straps by hand. That’s how basic it was at the beginning.”

“At that time,” Gregg continues, “Myrtle Beach was comprised of family-owned, mom-and-pop hotels. My dad was a very hands-on guy. He went down the boulevard and got to know everyone who owned the hotels. And the business kept growing and growing.”

Restrapping has saved many a chaise lounge from the trash bin for almost 40 years. Here Gregg Hols- houser (left) and Stevie Nobles (right) give this one an aqua update. –Photo by Meganpixels Parker/Latoya Grayson
In the 90s, Carrol began selling new aluminum strapped furniture to go with the restrapping service. Customers could now choose the color and style frame they wanted, and he would put the color strapping they selected on the lounges and chairs. There were now unlimited possible color combinations.

“It was a good service for the community,” Gregg says, “because if you ordered from a factory, it would take around 4-6 weeks for it to arrive. But my dad could do it in less than a week.”

In the early 90s, they became a stocking distributor of Grosfillex, the premium resin furniture in the world. The company originated in France and has since reached international acclaim.

In 1999, Carrol began constructing the building of their current location in Garden City. His son-in-law is a building contractor, and together the two coordinated construction of the 15,000 square foot building, which they opened in 2000.

“When we moved into this building, we were pretty basic,” Gregg says. “Restrapping was still a big part of the business. The new aluminum-strapped furniture and Grosfillex furniture were big parts of the business too, and we were still heavily wholesale. After we opened our new building, we became more retail oriented. We transitioned from a very vanilla patio furniture company, to a full-service commercial and retail business.”

Carrol passed away in October 2016, the day that Hurricane Matthew hit the South Carolina coast. He is survived by Gregg’s mother, Jane Holshouser, who was at his side the whole way as the business was growing. They both poured their heart and soul into it.

Gregg worked in the family business while he was in college, and he’s been permanently with them since 1999. Today, he and his sister, Sarah ‘Sam’ Cox, are partners.

“We are a family-owned business with one location, we’re not a chain— with good old fashioned values,” Gregg says. “We stand behind our manufacturers’ warranties; we try to do everything on time, and right. We are always looking out for the customer, no question. We do everything within any kind of reason at all, to make sure our customers are happy.

“In the eighteen years that we’ve been at this location, we’ve had very few unhappy customers. We really aim to please.”

Today, Custom Outdoor Furniture carries a huge variety of art, including metal and beach-themed pieces. They sell a wide array of patio furniture, including aluminum sling furniture, and the popular poly recycled plastic furniture. They also have an outstanding line of high-quality wicker, suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Tom and Ann Owen look at furniture color options with Olivia Cox (far right). –Photo by Meganpixels Parker/Latoya Grayson

Gregg is proud of their long history and their reputation as a quality place to shop for superior patio furniture and accessories. Their retail store manager, Happy Land (her name), has been with them for ten years. She is on the board of the International Casual Furnishings Association, a prestigious trade organization which is a global leader in promoting business development and partnerships in the outdoor and casual furnishings industry, and promotes industry growth through professional education, networking and development.

“My favorite thing about what I do,” Gregg says, “is seeing our customers pleased with our products, not only immediately, but for years to come. Our furniture is designed to literally last a lifetime.”

“When customers come into our store,” he adds, “they’re surprised by how fun of a store it is. It’s just a fun, happy place, a half a mile from the beach. We have a lot of variety here. We don’t just carry furniture.”

New addition!

November 8, 2017 latest news Comments Off on New addition!

We've added something new to Custom Outdoor Furniture & Restrapping: a pergola! We know how hard it can be to visualize how your new furniture will fit into your surroundings, so we've changed an outdoor area in front of the building to include a pergola. The crew from Ocean Breeze Awnings and More in Surfside Beach have been hard at work, creating our new addition. We're excited about our new partnership with Ocean Breeze Awnings and More, because now they will be featuring our furniture in their showroom. Together, we're making the great outdoors even greater!

Spring-like conditions playing part in surprisingly good catches

February 28, 2017 latest news, Live Great Outdoors Blog Comments Off on Spring-like conditions playing part in surprisingly good catches


Captain Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service navigates through shallow water in North Inlet during a recent fishing expedition. JASON LEE jlee@thesunnews
Spring-like conditions playing part in surprisingly good catches

By Gregg Holshouser
For The Sun News

Estuary
Look For: Spotted seatrout, flounder, red drum, black drum, sheepshead.
Comments: Capt. Jason Burton of Fly Girl Charters in Murrells Inlet was a bit surprised by the action on his trip on Thursday. It sure didn’t seem like February 23rd. “The fish bit awesome, I couldn’t believe it,” said Burton, also known as the Flounder Pounder. “I found 62-63 degree water in the little area I was fishing in at low tide.” Burton’s crew used mud minnows on jig heads to catch 10 flounder, most above the minimum size limit of 14 inches, and kept two 15-inch fish and one 16-incher. They also landed three black drum and several undersized red drum. Burton had been using floats to avoid the green algae known as ‘snot grass’ that is prevalent on the bottom in winter in the inlet and gathers on fishing tackle, but noticed much of the grass is already releasing from the bottom and heading out with the tide. “It’s early for the snot grass to be breaking up,” said Burton. The captain doesn’t normally have that many trips in February, but this hasn’t been your typical February. “The phone’s ringing like it’’ April,” said Burton. Catches of spotted seatrout have been very good for late February in Murrells Inlet. Earlier in the week, on Monday, Capt. Mike McDonald of Gul-R-Boy Guide Service also found spring-like conditions, and action. McDonald observed a water temperature of 61 degrees at South Island Ferry. “It’s about 2-3 weeks early, by the temperature,” said McDonald. McDonald’s crew caught six trout, including a 5.25-pounder, on plastic grubs, plus a 16-inch red drum, a 15-inch black drum and numerous small sheepshead all on cut shrimp in Winyah Bay and North Inlet.
Inshore
Look For: Sheepshead, black sea bass, black drum, whiting, croaker.
Comments: A 60-degree ocean water temperature on Feb. 22? Rare, indeed. Steve Gann, Operations Manager of the Cherry Grove Pier, observed a 60-degree surface water temperature on the pier’s data station, with a 58-degree reading on the bottom. Has he ever seen a 60-degree reading in February? “I can’t recall it,” said Gann. “There seems to be more activity. I saw a spot today, believe it or not and we’re starting to see some bigger whiting.” Gann noted one angler caught 30 small whiting Thursday. Croaker and small sharks have also been caught this week. The near-shore artificial reefs are producing good catches of sheepshead and black sea bass, plus some black drum, flounder and tautog. Be aware of the 13-inch minimum size limit and 7-fish per person daily bag limit for black sea bass.
Offshore
Look For: Wahoo, blackfin tuna, vermilion snapper, black sea bass, porgy, triggerfish, grunts, amberjack.
Comments: Wahoo action continues to be very good for trolling boats when the wind lays down enough to get offshore. Be ready for some smokers too, as Ocean Isle Fishing Center (OIFC.com) reported a 75-pounder was caught last Saturday. The crew also brought in six blackfin tuna. Bottom fishing continues to be excellent for vermilion snapper, black sea bass, triggerfish, grunts, red porgy and amberjack. The annual Shallow-water Grouper Spawning Season Closure is in effect through April 30. Red snapper cannot be harvested and must be released in the South Atlantic region.
Freshwater
Look For: Crappie, bream, bass, catfish.
Comments: The Waccamaw River has been producing large crappie in the 1-pound range, with fish hitting minnows around structure. Bream are taking worms and nightcrawlers on the bottom, but don’t be afraid to try fishing with a float on the banks with the water temperature approaching 60 degrees. Eels and large shiners will work for catfish. Crankbaits and plastic worms have been producing bass. The Waccamaw was at 8.17 feet at 5 p.m. Thursday and making good tides.