Beating the odds

The statistics show that 50% of small business owners will close their operations in the first five years of business. 80% of the remaining business will shut their doors in the five years after that. In another…

Another Year In Paradise!

Hello and Happy New Year! I had a tremendous time over the holidays in Brazil: great food, family & friends around and lots of smiles. The pictures below can tell you how much fun we had: On my eleven hour flight back to the States,…

2015 - A Reflection and a Vision

2015 started off well…. We had high expectations. We offered great products. 2015 ended even BETTER You called, I answered. You spent your hard-earned money. But you loved it. We had a great time. You needed it covered. I…

We are now Nationwide! Well, Sorta!

Last week I received a call from Claire. Claire was moving from North Reading to Milford, and needed window coverings for her new home. I have to be honest: I don’t receive many phone calls these days. The majority of my inquires are either…

Facebooking It

I use Facebook daily...For several reasons: keeping up with family and friends (here and in Brazil), to manage my Shades In Place page and even to admin a group I've created (Free Speech Window Treatment Group) to share knowledge among my trade…

The Consistency of Change

Today is my birthday, not that it really matters to you, or to the stock market on Monday...But I’ve noticed that after 42 times celebrating it on the exact same day of the month (Imagine that!) that the only constant in life is change… For…

Boy...Oh boy !

Last month I wrote about my new working van and how happy I was. Can you believe that, in a little over six weeks, I have driven almost 5,500 miles already? Yeah, between jobs all over the place like Boston, Cape Cod and the Islands, Motorization…

My New Working Van

Last month, I wrote about celebrating my 9 year anniversary in business…A few days later, I got a resignation letter from my 2006 Chevy Express van saying: “Dear Roger, as you are celebrating another strong year in business, I know you…

Winning Numbers

I have always been fascinated by numbers and dates. I am not sure if that fascination is related to the fact that I was born on a Friday 13th or not but since I was a kid, numbers have always intrigued me. So, it’s no surprise that around…

A memorable surprise!

Welcome to Mother's Day Month! My Mom lives in Brazil and every Mother's Day I send her a nice gift in the mail followed by a phone call and a long conversation. And yes, tears are just part of the ritual. I guess what I am trying to do is…

Picture hanging over stairwell in Boston South End

Picture hanging over stairwell in Boston South End Here's a fair question: how long would you guess hanging a single picture on the wall may take? Thirty minute to an hour? As a professional offering Art Hanging Services my answer would be…

How many times can you score 'my first time'?

I must admit that March had been long anticipated around here. Not just because the month of March is the start to the spring season and warmer temps (honestly, nothing could have been colder than this past winter in Boston) but also because…
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Put Bryan on the speed dial

Put Bryan on the speed dial After my last email mentioning the snow damages at my shop, a big storm took place. No, not a white one. Instead, a big storm of emails, phone calls and even choco brownies in the mail to express support and friendship.…

Breaking News

Hello and my apologies for sending another email to you in the month. However I've thought it is my responsibility to inform you that due to the extreme amounts of snowfall this winter, my showroom has taken the hit. Lots of snow melting…

A week of 'First Timers'

A week of First Timers I have been installing window treatments for almost ten years. In that time frame I have seen many situations from modest homes all the way up to the million dollar ones. Some people may think that windows are all the…
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New Year's Resolution-ish

In case you are not aware, today is the 39th day of the year. By now most likely your New Year's plans to quit smoking, lose weight and get along with your brother-in-law  all those wheels have fallen off the wagon. Yeah, me too... For instance,…
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It’s time to get resourceful

I simply learn so much from my virtual mentor Harvey Mackay. Being resourceful should be the mindset of any professional - specially window treatment installers like myself. Hope you'll get inspired by his blog Home: www.HarveyMackay.com Email:…

Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Shades In Place Inc. of Franklin,MA receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award Boston, MA - January 28, 2015 – Shades In Place Inc. of Franklin has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home…

Don't let success breed complacency

Although this post is not directly related to window coverings, it is truly related to how I think and  run my company. The takeaway for me is "Never stop learning..." Hope you will enjoy it too. By Harvey Mackay www.HarveyMackay.com column@harveymackay.net -x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x-x- Looking…

From the oven to the freezer

Hello and Happy New Year! After a fantastic 2014 I took a few days off to relax and enjoy time with my folks back home in Brazil. The weather was great - about 85 to 90 degrees for the most part and the food.... mmm.......the food! But…

Giving Thanks

We are here today simply to say "Thank You".... Thank You for supporting us all these (eight) years in business. Thank You for passing our name to friends, family and neighbors. Thank You for trusting us entering your home. Wishing a wonderful…

The Auto Response Email

I don't know about you, but I only have 24 hours in a day to do all the things our modern society suggests I should do: sleep 8 hours, work, respond emails on time, eat healthy, exercise, play with the kids, pay bills, take a vacation, keep…

A nice entry

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Sharing the Cake

Happy Birthday Again Believe it or not I am entering my 8th year in business this June.Without a doubt it has been waaaay better than any of my wildest dreams of what my company would look like 8 years ago.Since many of you…