Lifestyle Drapery Service, Inc., owned and operated by Walt and Mary K. Grantski, offers blind, shade and curtain styles to the contract market as well as the interior design trade. Their business is located in Omaha, but Lifestyle Drapery has done many new construction projects in Lincoln and has a design sales associate who calls on architects and contractors.
What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours? – Our experience level in the industry, along with our years of updated skill training in both the fabrication department as well as systems integration on large scale new construction projects.
What do you like about doing business in Lincoln? – Lincoln has always been like a second home to us. Mary K. and I lived in Lincoln during the ‘70s out on Southwest Plum Street. We love the college atmosphere and in our humble opinion, people are just a little warmer in Lincoln.
What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with? – I’m involved with the Veterans Business Forum here in Omaha, as well as with the Sarpy and Omaha Chambers.
Do you have a business philosophy or mission statement? – Our mission statement is to provide both value and expertise in the buying experience and to complete our work as promised on time.
What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years? – As with every business today, technology is the driving factor. The window coverings business is no different. Today’s jobs require systems that are energy efficient, user friendly and are capable of building management interface.
What do you see happening with the business in the next five years? – I see the technological gains that can currently be enjoyed by larger scale clients filtering down to smaller and smaller companies to where it will be economically feasible for a small company to be able to budget for these systems.
What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced? – Acquiring the necessary growth capitol has been our largest challenge. We have the capability to grow exponentially, but any business must have the financial resources to support such growth.
What has been your most important achievement as a business? – Achieving certain sales goals has been satisfying, but I would say mastering the technology of complete building shading systems has put us in a position to now take on these projects as they arise.
What was the biggest turning point in your business? – Hiring a professional estimator to increase our bidding capabilities and enhance our submittal and shop drawing process so as to present a more professional bid package.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know? – Lifestyle has fabricated treatments for the governor’s mansion remodel back in ‘98 and over the years has fabricated many different treatments for both Street of Dreams homes and designer show houses. While the core of our business is now contract work, we still have the skill and expertise to do very large upscale style treatments for more affluent clients and bring in our motorization expertise from our contract work to the residential homeowner.
What is one goal for your business that you have yet to accomplish? – We have a great marketing plan for future expansion, which includes project management and possible branching out into other service areas of the business.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? – Go Huskers!! Beat State!! I don’t care who else we beat this year, we must get a win in Columbus!