The Hearth and Patio store started out as The Chimney Shop in 1978. When the business outgrew their first location, they built a new store on Monroe Road. The name was changed to The Hearth and Patio as the store began offering outdoor furniture as a summer compliment to the winter based fireplace product. Mildred Marze, an original employee of The Chimney Shop, and her husband Don Marze purchased the business in 1985. Their success was built on having a great product at a fair price, good service for our customers, and knowledgable employees. The Marzes continued to grow the business adding a showroom and warehouse space to the Monroe location.
Today’s customers are still greeted by the famed cowbell hanging inside the front door. The company has grown; other family members have joined the staff to continue the dream of excellent products, service and selection. Today Hearth and Patio has a second store location opened in 2007 in the Lake Norman, NorthLake area. Happily serving lake dwellers with the same quality, service and selection.
After over 30 years, the two Hearth and Patio store locations share the responsibility of “exceeding the customer’s expectations”, which the Marze family proudly claims as Hearth and Patio’s slogan. They are proud to be the Charlotte area’s finest resource for outdoor furniture, fireplaces, stoves and accessories.