Chris & Christie Stover - Patio-Perfectionists and Team CEO
Chris started working full time when he was 19 while taking business courses. (He doesn’t like to admit how long that’s been). After so many years in the industry, he will attest to the technical structure of each piece of patio furniture, though don’t bother asking his opinion on fabrics.
When he was younger, he laid brick fireplaces with his father, so he has additional expertise when measuring your hearth for a custom fireplace door. He will ensure proper glass door installation.
His wife, “Bosslady,” Christie, started working at Stover’s before they were married (too long ago to count, they say). In 1999, she opened the soon-to-be-adored gift shop, Garden Pastimes, though after years of exhausting creativity, she and Joey Borg closed its doors in 2018. Now back at Stover’s, she guides the showroom, furniture buying, and our customer’s experiences alongside our wonderful team.
Fun Fact: When trying not to work, Chris keeps bees, bakes bread, and brews beer. We call it the three B’s! Christie on the other hand, enjoys studying the financial markets, and uses Bloomberg and CNBC as therapy by occasionally yelling at the TV when she doesn’t agree with a guest’s financial projections.
Casey Borg – With Stover’s since 2013
With a long history in the hospitality industry and five years as a dental assistant, Casey came into the furniture business by working part-time with our [former] sister store, Garden Pastimes. Her attention to fine design helps solve the simplest of furniture problems, and she’s quickly increasing her expertise base after visiting outdoor furniture trade shows.
If you have any interest in a custom design, she’ll guide you through fabrics, finishes, and frames to make sure you find the best furniture for your space. It’s much more than a piece of furniture for her – it’s a piece of your home.
Fun Fact: She’s probably the most cheerful, bubbly person you’ll ever meet. That being said, don’t let her see you put a pillow with cool colors on a sofa with warm colors…we call it, the “color rage” and it’s not pretty!
Joey Borg – With Stover’s since 2003
Joey started working at our beloved sister store, Garden Pastimes, during her senior year of High School in 2003, and over the years, her disciplined artistic vision led her to become the Creative Officer. As Garden Pastimes closed its doors, she transitioned to Stover’s in order to work on larger scale design challenges. Having bought, sold, and designed for years, she easily transitions between personal patios to larger commercial buys.
Fun Fact: She and her husband know of a secret patch of “morels” (mushrooms) that they will never reveal. In case you’re curious, yes, she and Casey are sisters. It’s a win-win for Stover Hearth & Patio – the family is always growing!
Sabrina Summers - With Stover’s since 2014
After commuting to Bethesda for eight years, Sabrina ditched rush hour and joined the Stover & Garden Pastimes crew. Her experience in event planning developed her appreciation of design, and it prepared her for the sometimes complex, logistic coordination of special orders.
Fun Fact: Sabrina and her siblings are continuing their family tradition of farming, so she’s normally working even harder on her days off. We’re hoping to get a few good tomatoes out of this partnership…
Andrew Locke - With Stover’s since 2018
Andrew is one of the most responsible “young’ins” we know, and he’s a welcome addition to the team. Just out of High School, he helps with furniture assembly and delivery, and doesn’t complain about his knees when he needs to hoist furniture up three flights of stairs.
Fun Fact: Andrew loves cookies, and in the depths of winter 2019, he started baking cookies in the back kitchen. No complaints here.
Katie Stover - with Stover’s since she was old enough to answer a phone
Katie grew up working weekends and odd afternoons at Stover’s. After she returned from college, this 3rd generation Stover helped renovate the brand, and convinced the family to hire HighRock Studios to update the logo and website. With the project still in progress, she pursued a career with them instead! Luckily Katie still provides marketing support for Stover’s, and you often can catch her at the store on weekends.
Fun fact: She’s been renovating a timber-framed “little house.” It’s not quite a “tiny house” like you see on TV, but it’s not really “full-sized house” either.