Louver Shop is proud to share we’ve reached our 50th year! It’s a long time to consider and for five decades, some things remain constant: our commitment to beautiful and lasting custom window treatments, and delighting our customers. It’s in our DNA and we’ve made the most of this time by learning whatever we can about what you want in your home.
We look back on our friends and family along the way who helped transform a small, scrappy start up into today’s Louver Shop of Austin.
From Humble, Homespun Beginnings
Marion Guess founded Custom Installations in the early 1970s as a store for window coverings and drapery while her husband Jim had a talent for assembling and installing shutters. He could find quality materials as well as cut and fabricate them into finished shutters. With a new product line for the store, in 1972, the seeds of Louver Shop were sown.
There were many nights spent hunched over the kitchen table as the young family shaped and sanded louvers. This dedication would be key for powering through long days of hard work, which would soon pay off. In 1979, Jim’s longtime friend Bill Rieves joined the business. Bill would concentrate on operations, while Jim focused on sales and growth. It wasn’t long before word started to spread.
To Strong and Steady Progress
And spread it did: a larger facility was soon required, and the company moved to its first factory in Pine Lake, GA, outside of Atlanta, with expanded machinery and tooling.
As a family affair, there was always a handful of neighborhood kids and cousins involved in the process. The young helpers were paid for each shutter, but only once completed shutters were installed for satisfied customers. Many of these children, now grown, are still members of the Louver Shop family with their families as market owners, sales, operations and installers.
Meanwhile, Marion, Jim, Bill and the growing team gave back to the community as often as they could with regular company food drives, donations and volunteering.
Thanks to Honest, Hardworking Staff
Louver Shop strived to help improve the lives of all staff. Bill and Jim were a unique, unbeatable combo, mentoring new employees according to core values. Jim was always checking in with sales and delivery teams every morning to stay up to date on where and how the business functioned best. Bill navigated and managed the operations of a growing manufacturing company. With their hands-on approach, Louver Shop of Austin held on to the things that first helped us get off the ground.
Now, We Look Toward the Next 50 Years
Louver Shop moved to our modern 50,000 square-foot Gainesville, GA plant in 2016. While our range of products and services continues to expand across shutters, blinds and shades, our devotion is the same as it was when born in a small Georgia kitchen in 1972.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to see what the next 50 years has in store for Louver Shop of Austin and our exceptional community of team members, and our valued customers.
If you’re considering beautiful custom window treatments, why not try a free virtual or in-home consultation? You can meet with one of our design experts and find the perfect shades, shutters or blinds for your windows. Request a consultation today online or over the phone at 888-428-1415 to explore what 50 years of quality could look like in your home.
Try Before You Buy with Our Visualizer Tool
A great way to get a sneak peek of our custom shutters is with Louver Shop of Austin’s visualizer tool. You can pick from a selection of sample photos or upload a picture of your own home, comparing shutter styles and colors to find your favorite options. In minutes, you can discover what a pair of high quality Louver Shop of Austin shutters will look like for your home’s windows.