Original article published in the Mower County Independent, Thursday, September 25, 2023. Reprinted with permission and gratitude.
By Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
What’s Matt got?
A swingset for the ages.
“They are for all ages. They have many options for baby swings all the way up to two-person swings for adults so they can sit and hang out right there with their kids or grandkids,” said Spring Valley business owner Matt Kolling, pointing out that the swingsets that he now sells on his lot behind Racks Bar & Grill, just off County Road 8, are not just for the littlest jungle gym junkies.
He has long been part of his family’s businesses, including Valley Home Improvement, and has since developed his own ventures. This one just happened to evolve from his own kiddos growing into their jungle gym backyard adventure years and the accompanying terrible tangle of playset parts and the patience it requires to pick out what’s most versatile, safest and fun.
“I was looking for another product offering, and I remembered how hard it was to find a quality swingset when our kids were younger. I thought it would be a good fit with some of the other areas of our business. I think there is a big need in the surrounding area. Besides buying kits that need to be assembled, there are not many–if any–local options available that can be delivered, assembled and ready to use the same day.”
Kolling stated that he “did extensive research” before investing in playground equipment to sell to other people. “We wanted something that was top quality that was also reasonably priced. We chose to go with Adventure World because they had some great designs, topnotch quality and were a more affordable option than the other ones we researched. They also have a great online designer option where you can create your own custom swingset. They are 100% maintenance-free. With so many customers looking for maintenance-free options in every other area, I figured swingsets would be no different. No one wants to spend a weekend staining a swingset every couple of years to make it look good. There is no exposed wood, no exposed fasteners to catch a leg on, so they are extremely safe as well.”
He’s certain that “parents will love how safe and sturdy the playsets are…the quality of construction, the 20-year warranty…no maintenance, and the fact that they can be delivered and installed in your yard.” Also, he said, “The color schemes are really nice and they look super sharp sitting in someone’s yard.”
Kolling has long owned the plot on which the new playset business now stands, and with that addition, he also chose to build a new structure on the parcel for various uses. “The new building is multi-use. It is extra storage for the lumberyard; a place to assemble the playsets; and also, a shop for our equipment. We do have room on that property. With storage complexes becoming more popular, we could build multiple buildings there that could be purchased or rented. People could run a business out of theirs, use it for storage, a shop, man cave… many options. Not everyone has the space where they live, or maybe zoning won’t allow them to build. So, it is an affordable way for someone that would like some extra space for a multitude of options.”
For those who’d like a multitude of options for their play spaces, Kolling feels confident that he’s made the right choice in becoming a sales outlet for Adventure World swingsets and is looking forward to seeing babies, parents and grandparents playing outside together on the very same jungle gym.
For more information on Kolling’s new business addition, stop by the lot on County Road 8 or call 507-259-6464.
Courtesy of the Mower County Independent, 135 E Main St. LeRoy, MN 55951, (507)-324-5325