Gary and Carolyn Hurst are the owners and operators of Carolyn's Custom Drapes & Blinds. They have been married for 42 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They live and work in Fruitland Park, located in the central part of Florida next to the city of Leesburg which is north west of Orlando and just south of The Villages of Lady Lake.
Gary was born in Winter Garden, Florida. His parents, Harry and Maxine Hurst, live in the town of Ocoee, which is located next to Winter Garden. Gary, as well as his father and grandfather, graduated from Ocoee High School.
Carolyn was born in Shelby, Michigan. She followed her parents, Clyde and Esther Stanage, to Florida soon after graduating from Newaygo High School.
Gary and Carolyn are active participants in their business. Carolyn generally handles orders for fabric treatments, while Gary handles orders for other products, such as verticals and blinds. Most fabric products are made by Gary and Carolyn in their own fabrication work room. Other products, such as blinds, shades and faux wood arches, etc., are made by outside companies.
Carolyn's has been successful in keeping the retail prices of it's products lower than competitors. This has been accomplished by keeping the working overhead low. At Carolyn's, there are no sales commissions to pay to a sales staff because Gary and Carolyn are the sales staff. At Carolyn's, there are no work room labor charges to pay to work room staff because Gary and Carolyn are the work room staff. At Carolyn's, there are no labor charges to pay to installers because Gary installs the product. When dealing with Carolyn's, the customer can have confidence in knowing they are working with the owners who take extra pride in the finished product. They sell it, they make it, and they install it.
It should be noted that when ordering from our on-line catalog, you will be responsible for your own measurements, and choosing the correct style and color of fabric (or shipping us your own fabric), as well as installing the product yourself. If you are located in our area, we will come to your home and measure for you as well as install the product. Bids are free, but there may be an additional charge for installing the product. No matter which way you choose to order from us, we are here to answer your questions and/or help you install the product.
If you wish to contact us, please call, fax, e-mail, or use our feedback link. We look forward to working with you on your window treatment needs.