G&B Sheds had a very humble beginning back in 1981, when our founders, Gary and Barbara Savastana, opened a small stand in the now closed Zerns Farmer Market under the name G&B Enterprise. It was here they sold quality outdoor furniture to the people of nearby Boyertown and Gilbertsville PA.
It was also here where they first met their most local competitor, Amos Lapp; owner of a similar outdoor furniture stand named Lapp’s Woodcraft in the same farmers market.
The two stands enjoyed a friendly rivalry over the years, each trying to outsell the other. As time went on they realized some of their customers were looking for something a little more. The Gilbertsville & Boyertown areas were growing, and with more people moving in came a demand for more storage space. Customers visiting the two market stands began asking for sheds.
Being a hard-working farmer before working a market stand, Amos was confident he could build a quality product that would meet this new demand from his customers – so he began building small storage sheds, and selling them from his tiny market stand. With this new business model, Lapp’s Woodcraft would evolve over the years into the fully custom shed manufacturer that it is today: Lapp Structures.
Gary and Barbara, on the other hand, did not have a reliable source for a product so complex. It was at this time that the friendly rivalry between these two owners transformed into a partnership that would last throughout the years.
The deal was simple: Gary and Barbara would move from their market stand and open two retail locations, in Limerick PA then later in Birdsboro PA, selling quality Amish-built sheds. Who would provide these structures, you may ask? None other than Amos Lapp!
G&B Enterprises transformed into G&B Sheds, and quickly became Lapp Structures’ largest distributing customer. Over the years both companies grew together and G&B Sheds would go on to open additional retail locations in Wind Gap and the Poconos.
We offered a simple and straightforward way to purchase quality Amish-made sheds, playsets, and outdoor furniture. By partnering with only the finest, Lancaster-based manufacturers, we introduced our surrounding communities to quality Amish craftsmanship at an affordable price.
Business was good, but as time went on Gary and Barbara were getting ready to take a step back from the business and enjoy the fruits of all their hard work. They realized that some customers outside of their market would go straight to the manufacturer to purchase their sheds, and thought buying direct would make the most sense for his customers.
In 2017 G&B Sheds transferred ownership from Gary and Barbera to their longtime business partner Amos. Lapp Structures took over all the back-end operations that come with running a business, while Gary and Barbara’s children ran the retail locations as Sales Managers.
While the original owners of those two farmers market stands have left the shed business, their legacy continues to live on. The next generation of shed builders have taken the reins. and both businesses have continued to grow together over the years with Amos’ son, Mike Lapp, leading as Owner.
After so many years working directly with Lapp Structures as their local retail distributors, we’re excited to announce that G&B Sheds will be merging with the Lapp Structures brand as of January 2021.
By merging brands, we hope to streamline the administrative costs associated with running two separate businesses. This means we can better control our expenses in a time when material costs have been steadily increasing due to COVID-19 shortages. It also keeps us more transparent, so our customers know exactly who they’re doing business with.
We would like to note that, aside from the name change, our G&B Sheds locations will remain unchanged. Our product offerings will be exactly the same as they have been over the past few years, and some of our locations will still be managed by Gary and Barbara’s family.
We’re excited to see where this change will take us! It will still be our goal to provide high-quality outdoor living products to our communities, and we’re confident that Lapp Structures will continue this tradition as they have for the past 33 years.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us at any of our four G&B locations, or at our Lapp Structures headquarters in New Holland. Thank you for your business, and we hope to hear from you soon.