The Shade Shop opened its doors in 1918 and began with the simple philosophy of providing quality window coverings and genuine customer satisfaction to Houston residents. Fast-forward nearly a century and The Shade Shop has not only maintained this philosophy, but has remained in the family while doing so.
Larry Sams, current owner of The Shade Shop, began visiting his grandfather’s store on weekends as a child. He entertained the seamstress in the workroom with his antics and watched with wonder as she turned simple fabric into handcrafted roller shades. Little did he know that he would one day own The Shade Shop and watch his own children grow from toddlers playing in the back workroom into three of the company’s employees.
As a teenager, Larry became his grandfather’s helper at The Shade Shop, helping around the shop and at installation sites. After getting his business degree at The University of Houston, Larry purchased The Shade Shop in 1986 with the determination to uphold his grandfather’s principle of offering only quality products and expert service.
That tradition is now over 90 years old and has earned the trust of five generations of Houstonians. Under Larry’s ownership, The Shade Shop has drastically expanded its offerings to include not just simple roller shades or blinds, but custom-made shutters, solar shades, motorized shades, retractable awnings and much more. While The Shade Shop’s offerings have expanded, the commitment to quality remains. Larry thoroughly investigates each product line not only for its beauty, but also for its functionality and durability, and he will not offer any product that does not meet his exacting standards.
A family owned and operated business, The Shade Shop has helped transform homes and businesses like yours for 98 years and counting!
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