MOUNT CARMEL — Rich Melendez had been installing outdoor patio block, pavers and stone for more than 35 years. In 2011, he and his wife Susan purchased the former Patterson’s Block and Ready-Mix, located at Routes 54 and 901 at Locust Summit, just a few miles away from Mount Carmel and Ashland. Together, the two have created a thriving outdoor business that specializes in the sale of hardscape products, which are hard materials and products used to build structures and features that are incorporated into a landscape.
“We believe the main thing that sets us apart from other hardscape businesses is our wealth of experience. My husband, Rich, had been an installer for many decades and offers a unique level of expertise from that perspective. He understands the ins and outs of installation and can advise what products are best suited to correctly finish each project,” said co-owner Susan.
Rich added, “We’re a one-stop shop for all your hardscape needs including wall block, pavers, drainage, lighting, fire pits, statuaries, fountains, poly furniture and outdoor kitchens with built-in grills, refrigerators and stainless steel accessories. We have a 1,500-square-foot indoor showroom and 10,000-square-foot outdoor display.”
Patterson Hardscape and Supply Company plans to hold free installation seminars for pavers and retaining walls coming up in May. For more information call 570-339-4570, go to its website at pattersonblockinc.com, or their Facebook page.
The business is a newly-certified dealer of Blaze Outdoor Products.
The Melendez family bought the Locust Summit business in September of 2011 from former owner Dan Patterson, who previously sold block and ready-mix there before a fire destroyed his plant. From the time they took ownership, Rich and Susan have worked tirelessly to upgrade the facility into a viable hardscaping business and the results are readily apparent.
“We’re here for anyone who wants to transform their backyard into an outdoor living space or what might be called a ‘backyard oasis.’ For example, you may want to create a paver patio with a seating wall, fire pit or a fireplace. We can make all that happen,” said Rich.
Patterson carries an extensive line of hardscape products from a variety of reputable vendors including EP Henry, Techo-Bloc, Libertystone, NewLine Hardscapes, Rockwood, BrickStop, Rosetta, Integral Lighting, Kennedy Concrete Inc. and Massarelli.