Cozy Outdoor Escapes specializes in focusing on the high-quality necessities for luxurious living. We supply the finest in American made grills and outdoor kitchen components, fireplaces for both inside the home and out, as well as gas log systems, gas fire pits, and patio furniture.
Owner, Dale Ponder, began his career in construction, climbing the ladder from electrical journeyman to chief operations officer throughout various construction and telecommunication companies over the past thirty years, located both in San Antonio and in Central America. After completing his personal outdoor kitchen and fireplace, he decided to take a break from his career and pursue his dream of opening a brick-and-mortar retail store, dedicated to helping others live luxuriously in their own outdoor living space.
Our story began in 2010, and our doors officially opened February of 2011. Since then, we have served thousands of residents of San Antonio and beyond, spanning from Lubbock to Laredo to Longview. Our reputation of an unmatched level of service, a knowledgeable staff, and a no-pressure sales environment have led us to become one of south Texas’ leading destinations for the fireplace and barbeque industry.
The day-to-day operations of the company are ran by Dale’s son, Travis Ponder, and his nephew, Chris Harrison. Travis started with the company in 2011, and has a background in construction with a Bachelor’s in Spatial Sciences from Texas A&M University. He handles most installations & service calls, site visits & home consultations, outside sales, and project management. Chris started with the company in 2015, and comes from the sporting-goods retail industry, with a Bachelor’s in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. Chris handles most of the inside sales, marketing, office & administrative tasks, and project management.