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Lisa & Dave Burns, Backyard Getaway

Posted By LocalShops1, Saturday, July 9, 2011
Address Line 12807 S. Duette Road, Myakka

When did you open your business? And why?
In 2004. We wanted to share our passion for water gardening and at the time there were no local businesses that offered one stop shopping for pond supplies, equipment, Koi, Water lilies & pond services.

Best part of being biz owner?
We love what we do & love sharing our passion with our customers.

Most challenging part?
Reaching new customers & convincing existing customers to not shop the big box stores for "cheap" pond items.

Advice for newbies?
Create a solid business plan & review it every few months. Listen to your heart as well as your head.

If you could go back in time ...
After three years in business our landlord sold the property we leased. We were told that we only had a month to find a new location. Knowing what I know now, I would have contacted the new owners & worked out a deal to stay at that location.

On balancing life & work ...
It's not easy. We tend to throw ourselves completely into our business so that we can grow & succeed. In the last year, since moving to the country we have taken Sunday for ourselves.

So what's new in the Backyard world?
We have expanded our services to include outdoor living items like outdoor fireplaces, landscape lighting, lake/pond fountains, floating islands & more. 

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Tags:  backyard  backyard getaway  landscape  ponds 

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Kim Cass, Lux Magazine says...
Posted Monday, October 3, 2011
Lisa is wonderful! She writes for us in Lux Magazine. We are honored to get her expertise!
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