Carls Patio celebrates great outdoor furnishings in Carrollwood – Tampa Bay Times

CARROLLWOOD — While many northerners are shoveling snow, Floridians are lounging poolside in the middle of winter.
One of the perks of living in the Sunshine State is the ability to enjoy the outdoors year round, and a new store in Carrollwood offers furnishings to do just that.
Since 1993, Carls Patio has sold outdoor and patio furniture at locations throughout South Florida. Now it’s opened its first Tampa Bay store in Carrollwood and plans to open more in the area.
“We feel that people live here or have moved here so that they can be outdoors,” said Paul Otowchits, president. “We provide an opportunity for people to take their indoors outside.”
The 12,000 square foot showroom is set up in vignettes separated by collections, so shoppers can easily visualize how the furniture will look in their home.
“We are professionals and experts on the outdoors,” said Otowchits. “We want to make it special when you come in.”
Carls Patio carries many brands, including their proprietary brand, Fifth & Shore. The furniture is made out of aluminum, outdoor wicker, cast aluminum, and teak which can withstand the Florida heat, humidity, and salt air. Dining sets, tables, and chairs are available, as well as seating options such as sofas, loveseats, sectionals, chaises, lounge chairs, and lounge beds.
Carls Patio also has outdoor lighting, fire pits, umbrellas, and home decor items such as outdoor pillows, rugs, fountains, and planters. Special orders are available, in addition to a free, in-home design service.
Carls Patio is located at 14340 N Dale Mabry Highway. It is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (813) 867-4177, or visit
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