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About the Shade Shop

Transforming home and businesses like yours for 100 years and counting!

our history

The Shade Shop opened its doors in 1918 in downtown Houston with the simple philosophy of providing high-quality roller shades and venetian blinds with exceptional customer service.

Larry Sams, current owner of The Shade Shop and grandson of the original owner, began visiting his grandfather’s store on weekends as a toddler. He entertained the seamstress in the workroom with his childish antics and watched 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 workroom into three of its integral 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 a determination to uphold his grandfather’s principle of offering only the finest quality products and world-class customer service.

Who we are today

Under Larry’s ownership, The Shade Shop has drastically expanded its offerings beyond the simple roller shades and venetian blinds of yesteryear. The Shade Shop now offers an expansive selection of custom window treatments, such as plantation shutters, woven shades, draperies, Roman shades, motorized shades, and more. Over the last few decades, the company has also expanded into the outdoor shading world with great success, selling motorized patio screens, retractable awnings, louvered pergolas, and beyond.

While The Shade Shop’s offerings have expanded, the unwavering commitment to quality remains. Larry thoroughly investigates each product line not only for its beauty, but also for its functionality and durability, and refuses to offer any product that does not meet his exacting standards.

As a thriving family-owned business, The Shade Shop has grown to over 20 employees, many of whom have been with the company for decades.
Larry’s son and two daughters have since joined him in the business, with his son doing installation work and his daughters handling accounting and marketing functions.

Visit our Showroom

Located inside Houston’s 610 loop on Richmond Ave. near Weslayan St., The Shade Shop proudly serves residential and commercial customers in Houston, including the following areas: Bellaire, Memorial, West University, River Oaks, Tanglewood, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Spring, Montgomery, Conroe, and more.

The Shade Shop’s showroom is a stunningly renovated 6,000 square ft. building where homeowners, interior designers, architects, builders, and commercial customers can come see the expansive product offerings on display.

Visit our showroom or give us a call – our experienced staff is always happy to help.

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our staff today

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Our Easy Process

Start by choosing your window treatment or outdoor shading solution from our vast selection and finish with our professional installation

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Any Questions?

Our experienced staff is always happy to help. Please visit our showroom at any time, give us a call, or fill out the form below. If you are interested in a preliminary quotation, feel free to provide approximate dimensions in the comments field.