Congratulations to Stevenson Vestal, Draperies & Window Coverings first-ever Workroom of the Year! At the same time, our sincerest appreciation to all those nominated for this award. Today, perhaps more so than ever before, workroom talent and craftsmanship is so important to the custom windows coverings industry. Beautiful treatments are a joint effort involving decorators, dealers, suppliers and installers, but right at the center is the workroom.
The center of our attention this month is Stevenson Vestal. The Burlington, NC, workroom has established itself as a critical aid to smaller workrooms trying to grow their businesses by assisting them with unique, large or complicated projects. It offers an expansive list of standard products with high quality craftsmanship as the standard. The company also works with designers across the country on custom products from draperies to valances to bed coverings and accessories. It even provides a complete project management program that can offer consultation, estimating, measuring, fabrication, delivery and installation—all to-the-trade-only.
Stevenson Vestal fosters its employees’ talent and dedication through its Master Artisans Program. The goal is to guide and celebrate each employee from apprentice to Master Artisan basing development on tenure, review, productivity, quality and skills.
As an example of how a good business can be a good corporate citizen as well, Stevenson Vestal’s employees are encouraged to help with community and charitable organizations. Several years ago, employees established a program in which they hold a “yard sale” of returned products and remnant fabrics. The proceeds of this Adopt-a-Classroom effort are donated to the local Burlington school system, benefiting a classroom with several thousand dollars in supplies annually.
Last year, Draperies & Window Coverings established its Retailer of the Year Award and we were gratified to learn of all the outstanding and deserving businesses that serve this industry. The D&WC Workroom of the Year is a natural extension of our desire to honor those giving outstanding service. Like the Retailer of the Year and the D&WC Designer & Workroom Contest, the Workroom of the Year will become an annual event and we look forward to discovering and presenting to our readers those people who make this the exciting industry it is.
Congratulations, again, to Stevenson Vestal!
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