On July 24, 2004, Garden Winds opened its virtual doors to Americans who wanted to indulge their home and gardens. What began as an experimental project to reach online buyers of home and patio furniture products has transformed our Company into the country’s largest distributor of replacement canopies for gazebos and swings.
Garden Winds’s history began with its sister company Home Focus. Home Focus was a retail store located in the historic town of Benicia, California (just 40 minutes northeast from San Francisco). Opened years before Garden Winds, Home Focus was a “warehouse” style retail store offering factory direct prices on home and patio furniture to the surrounding community. Home Focus was situated in the industrial district on East Second St. There was little foot traffic to bring in shoppers. On one side of East Second Street was a row of warehouses, and on the other an endless pasture of green rolling hills. Even “word of mouth” advertising around the community couldn’t draw in many customers to shop Home Focus’s eclectic mix of home and patio products. With the onset of big box retailers coming into the nearby city of Vallejo, Home Focus’s business began to decline. Management knew they had to act quickly.
In the wake of the “dot com” boom and bust, Garden Winds was founded. With just ten products on our site, we launched it live. Garden Winds’s purpose was simple: to extend to folks across the entire country the same commitment to great service and quality products that Home Focus offered to the town of Benicia. We named Garden Winds after a new line wind chimes that had just debuted in Home Focus. We quickly made every product in Home Focus available on GardenWinds.com. From home furniture pieces and accents, to patio furniture and décor, shoppers looking to decorate their home would find Garden Winds their “one stop shop.” More importantly, our reach to the entire country of shoppers helped sustained Home Focus as a going entity.
It was one particular product that helped shape Garden Winds’s destiny: the 10’ x 10’ Patio Gazebo. Home Focus overstocked itself with these patio gazebos during that spring and decided to “blow them out” on Garden Winds. After days of selling the gazebos online, no one purchased them. However we received multiple requests for replacement canopies for gazebos. Our buyers responded by stocking two models of replacement canopies, and the rest was history.
Since then, Garden Winds has become the leader in replacement canopies for patio gazebos and swings. Garden Winds is home to the country’s largest selection. We have a staff of designers and product developers who continually add to our replacement canopy lineup. This allows us to add at least one new indexed canopy per week. The research and development process is constant, allowing Garden Winds to understand why canopies wear, and in turn allowing us to design a better canopy.
Over the years, Garden Winds has focused on the customer. We now offer better performance fabrics. Our expanded color palette allows you to better pair our canopies with your patio furniture. Every new gazebo sold at all of the national chains stores get indexed within weeks of release on retail floors. This gives you the confidence that we will have your replacement canopy when you need it in a few years time. Key gazebo specifications are clearly presented to allow customers to easily find the correct canopy. Web videos are presented to clarify issues where potential confusion about a canopy may occur. And as always, Garden Winds’s canopies are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
We continue to challenge ourselves everyday to better serve your replacement canopy needs. We invite you to experience the Garden Winds difference today.