By Carlie Kollath Wells/NEMS Daily Journal
Meredith Tollison was introduced to the outdoor furniture business when, as a girl, she helped her dad, Bill Deas, at Patio Place in Tupelo.
Tollison said her dad handed off the torch to her when she started Keep It Casual in 2002. Deas is a partner in the business, too.
Keep It Casual specializes in outdoor furniture and accessories. It’s open throughout the year, with new merchandise arriving this month for the 2013 season.
“I try to have stuff that is different from what you see in all the other stores,” she said.
She promotes American-made furniture and products from small businesses that are tied to charity efforts. She also has a year-round clearance section.
The store sells chaise lounges, tables, chimes, outdoor lighting, candles, pillows, cushions, yard decorations, bird feeders, hammocks, sofas and anything else customers need to entertain or relax outdoors in comfort.
Plus, Tollison and Eric Wright, who has been at the store for nine years, do free at-home consultations to help customers figure out what will work best for their space.
The store also sells replacement parts and cushions for furniture. In addition, Tollison does special orders and sells Sunbrella fabric by the yard.
“We can customize anything to suit the customer’s needs,” she said.
Owner: Meredith Tollison
Established: May 2002
Address: 1154 W. Main St., Tupelo
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Phone: (662) 840-6145
Facebook: Keep It Casual