Olivia Cox: Continuing a 40 Year Tradition at Custom Outdoor Furniture

By Leslie Moore

After graduating from The University of South Carolina in 2015 and spreading her wings for a few years, Olivia Cox knew it was time to come home – home to the family business started by her grandfather, Carrol Holshouser, 40 years ago.

“I decided to come on full time starting in January of 2018,” Olivia began. “I know this is where I’m supposed to be.” Olivia owns and manages Custom Outdoor Furniture with her mother, Sarah Marie “Sam” Cox, her uncle, Gregg Holshouser, and her grandmother, Jane Holshouser. “We all enjoy working together to make the best working environment for our employees – this is a fun place to shop and to work.”

The long standing, family business is the legacy of Carrol Holshouser.  In 1979, this savvy entrepreneur saw hotel and resort owners throwing out aluminum furniture on the streets of Myrtle Beach when the straps became damaged or broken. Carrol realized the aluminum frames were still in good shape; so, he picked them up and figured out a way to repair them. “A majority of our business still comes from contract work for resorts, hotels, HOAs, etc., along the Grand Strand,” Olivia told me, as she reminisced about her late grandfather. “Our business is approximately 85% commercial, which is unusual for an outdoor furniture store. Our products last for years.”

Custom Outdoor Furniture is a member of the ICFA, or the International Casual Furnishings Association. “I was fortunate enough to kick-start my career with Custom Outdoor Furniture by attending the ICFA Educational Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and brought back a lot of new ideas.” Olivia went on to tell me she has since attended conferences in San Antonio, Texas, and California. “I’m grateful to have been introduced to such a welcoming industry, where there is so much to learn from its veterans.”

“My grandfather would be proud,” Olivia said. “I’m honored to help grow his business.” Carrol passed in 2016, before he had the opportunity to know his granddaughter was following in his footsteps as the third generation. “He was always determined to succeed, and his hard work definitely paid off. He set a great example and I learned a lot from him.”

“You will feel like you’re visiting with friends and family,” Olivia said when I asked her about the store. “We have a friendly, professional sales staff, and we stand behind everything we sell. Our products are of higher quality than what you’ll find at big box stores.” Olivia continued, telling me that Custom Outdoor Furniture has close, long standing relationships with their manufacturers, which ensures they have clear and concise communication leading to great turnaround. “Our products are beautiful, stylish and built to last.”

Stop by and say hello to Olivia at Custom Outdoor Furniture –she would love to help you customize your outdoor living space with the perfect furniture to suit your needs. Located at 2415 S, Hwy 17 Business in Garden City, they are open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.Call 843-561-9005 or visit www.customoutdoorfurniture.com.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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