Way back in 1984 when we began our company, we did not have a fax machine, let alone a cell phone. Our technology included a landline phone, an answering machine, and a beeper. We actually had to go to the bank to make deposits, and credit cards were copied on a manual little machine, and then mailed. Quick Books didn’t exist, and neither did online banking. In fact, the word “online” didn’t exist to my knowledge.Our books were kept in manual ledger pads, and I admit I really do miss the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil!
Our product line then consisted of Vertical Blinds, Aluminum Horizontal Blinds, Wood blinds, Roman Shades and Window Shades . So many fabulous window treatments were yet to be invented. “Faux” Wood Blinds and Shutters, Solar Shades, Shadings, Sliding Shutter Panels, and even Honeycomb Shades were all still on the horizon. Vertical Blind slats were mostly made of fabric, ( which didn’t do a whole lot of shading!). PVC was not yet extruded in the beautiful fabric-like finishes available in today’s market. Motorized Window treatments may have existed, but only for the rich and famous folks in Beverly Hills (not for us everyday folks here in St. Augustine! )Today motorization is readily available on almost all window treatments. Some even use Solar Power for charging! We certainly have no shortage of sunshine here in St. Johns County:-)
We have always prided ourselves on staying abreast of all of the latest trends and innovations, both in our field and in modernizing our business in general. We attend trade shows every year, and attend seminars both in person and online. We even do a “go to meeting” now and again. We are one of very few business’ in the local market that has been around long enough to consider ourselves industry experts
Sometimes, we do miss the old days when we had to phone in orders to our suppliers, and invoices were actually mailed to us via snail mail. On the Bright Side though… the time we used to spend standing in line at the bank, can now be used to face time with our grandson while working out on the Elliptical machine at the gym.