Small business owners and restauranteurs are wise to invest in umbrella stands for a variety of reasons. Most obvious is the benefit such stands provide to patrons. After all, who wants to eat dinner aside a sopping wet umbrella? Invest in a stand, and allow guests to easily hang-dry their umbrellas on stormy afternoons and evenings. Wet umbrella stands provide another less obvious benefit, however. In providing a space for umbrellas to hang dry, these racks help to prevent the formation of dangerous puddles at the restaurant entryway.