Jay and Bob Dillon Jay and Bob Dillon

Jay and Bob Dillon






Jay Dillon and his father, Bob, started New Hope-based Yardbird in 2016 to offer affordable patio and outdoor furniture, buying direct from Asia to keep prices down. It began as an e-commerce venture but is now adding stores including St. Louis Park, Denver, Detroit, and Kansas City. Fast Company riffed that Yardbird aspires to be the “Warby Parker of garden furniture.” It does not disclose revenue, but, Dillon says, “We did about 280 percent growth this past year.” That’s driving more growth: Yardbird plans to open three more markets in 2021.