Budget Blinds, one of the nation’s largest window treatment brands, will celebrate the opening of its Ames showroom on South Duff Avenue this week. The showroom has been open to the public since June, but the Ames Chamber of Commerce will be holding a celebratory ribbon-cutting and open house Thursday afternoon.
Franchise owner Gabe Haugland hopes people from around Story County will venture into the showroom Thursday, in part to learn about the latest in window treatment technology. “We’re just welcoming the public to come on out and see our showroom,” he stated. “Come in, and see what’s new in window treatment. There are some really cool things happening right now…Everybody is used to ‘Siri’ on their phones. We are setting a major shift into automated window treatments. You push a button on a remote, or you tell [Siri] to close your shades. That is where a lot of new homes and remodels are going, because it’s the future of the ‘everything connected home.’ You can make it look like you are home. You can even schedule them. It’s just a whole new world of window treatments that people just really have to see to believe.”
Haugland, who has owned the Budget Blinds franchise that includes Ames since March of 2019, has personally seen the company’s brand spread across the Midwest. “I am the owner of this franchise territory, as well as six others,” he noted. “We have everything from Ames all the way up Interstate 35 almost to the [Twin] Cities and all the way over to Mankato and Rochester. We have owned the Ames territory for a couple of years now. We are just now opening a showroom there, so that we can invite our customers in and have them actually touch our products.”
According to Haugland, Budget Blinds offers all-inclusive service to its customers. “We will come out to their house, measure their windows for them, and make sure that everything is completely accurate,” Haugland explained. “In about four to six weeks, we receive their custom shades in our shop, and we then come back to install them.”
Haugland believes in the importance of having blinds or shades that are suited to your home and your taste. “Your windows are what you spend most of your time looking in and out of,” he continued. “Window shades are an excellent way to add privacy and security, but also beauty, to the home. They are very personal decisions, and we find that it is very hard for our customers to do this online through some website. We bring a very personalized custom process, which adds value to the home, as well.”
Haugland, who sees the new showroom location as a prime spot for foot traffic and commerce, described the process for getting an estimate from Budget Blinds as both simple and convenient. “A customer calls us and asks us for a free in-home consultation,” he said. “We bring all the sample books to their home, help them pick up the colors and style that they want, measure, order, and then come back and install…All for one price.
“We are really excited to be serving the Ames and Story County communities. The territory itself reaches from Boone to Marshalltown, so we want to encourage the entire region to come out and see how we can help them.”
If you are interested in scheduling an in-home consultation, call Lisa at the Budget Blinds of Ames showroom at 515-200-7970. You may also attend the ribbon-cutting at 703 South Duff Avenue Suite 102B this Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m.