Women to Watch: Lisa Juneau / She Puts Heart, Soul, Love into Window Treatment Company

By Wiedower, Stacey | The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), April 7, 2013 | Go to article overview

Women to Watch: Lisa Juneau / She Puts Heart, Soul, Love into Window Treatment Company


Wiedower, Stacey, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)


Lisa Juneau's persona is summed up by her car: a black Dodge Magnum detailed with Barbie-pink flames shooting back from the bumper. To her, the cup is half full, and she doesn't do anything halfway.

"I'm pretty much an open book," said Juneau, owner of custom window covering business The Blind Lady Memphis. "Everybody that knows me knows I love racing, I love my grandbaby, I love what I do in life. Because if you don't enjoy what you do in life, you aren't doing it right."

Juneau got a serendipitous start in the window coverings business. She'd worked in real estate and insurance adjusting, but after a divorce, she "did a blast out" on monster.com job-search website. It was a window treatment company that called her for an interview.

"The way it happened, it's amazing how God leads you," she said. "They interviewed me and trained me and taught me everything I know."

Juneau worked in sales for the company, Vista Products, for six years before venturing out on her own to open The Blind Lady. She still carries the company's product line today.

"I was their rep for a three-state area, then ended up doing six states," she said. "I had a baby girl at home. One of my girlfriends called me one day and said, 'Where are you at?' I looked around and said, 'I have no idea. Somewhere in Alabama.' That's what clued me in that I needed to come off the road."

She launched The Blind Lady in 2007, offering custom blinds, shades and shutters from a variety of manufacturers in a variety of price ranges.

"I absolutely love what I do," Juneau said. "I put my heart and soul into it and stay on top of the game about what's going on in design, paint, draperies. We do a lot of different things, from commercial to residential. If they make it for a window - if you've seen it, dreamed it, designed it - I've got it."

Since its inception, Juneau's business has had plenty word-of- mouth advertising - with a little help from that car. The flames licking their way up the front of the car point to Juneau's logo and phone number near the back.

"And networking," she said. "I'm the queen of networking. You've got to have face time with people. They've got to know that you care."

As for how she came up with the business' name, it was another happy accident. A contractor she worked with during her early years in sales often told clients he was "going to send the blind lady out."

"And it just stuck," Juneau said.

Last year, when she acquired Memphis-based window coverings company Made in the Shade, Juneau changed her company's name to The Blind Lady Memphis. Now, she works with homeowners, contractors, interior designers and businesses of all types to help clients find just the right window coverings for their spaces. …

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