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Meet Janice Lovitt of Lovitt Blinds and Drapery in Downers Grove and Northbrook

Today we’d like to introduce you to Janice Lovitt.

Janice, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2004 my husband (Jim Lovitt) was in a fatal car accident due to a drunk driver. He was 100% blind at that time, due to the accident. After a lot of surgeries, he started getting his vision back in his left eye. (He will always be blind in his right eye) Then one day, he was on Google & googled “what to do when you go blind?” Then Google search popped up & said “Do you mean: how do you clean blinds?” That was the beginning of a brand new business! Now my husband works for the business too & he is the “Blind Guy.” (Pun intended)

In 2007 we opened the business & now we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year! For the past 10 years, I’ve been working 80 hours a week, raising 2 beautiful & smart kids & helping my husband with his very long term recovery. (He has had over 30 surgeries + he needs more to come)

During our 10 years in business, we started off Cleaning Blinds & Window Shades, then we added on Repairing Blinds & Window Shades, then we added on Cleaning Drapery, and then due to high demand for our company, we added on Selling Blinds, Window Shades, Shutters, Sheers & Drapery! So now our company is the “One-Stop-Shop” for ALL of your window treatment needs! We are the “Go-To People” for Blinds & Drapery!

Not only do we service Chicago & ALL of the Chicagoland Areas… we also services parts of IN & WI. We also have customers from ALL over the US & they ship us their blinds for cleaning & repairing.

When we say that we are the “Go-To People” we truly are. We also service A LOT of our competition as well. We are a “Dealer Service Center” & a “Customer Service Center” so basically we are doing ALL of the work for A LOT of our competitors. Our competitors come to our stores & drop-off ALL of their customer’s blinds & drapery and our company does all of the cleaning & repairs for them, however that means that the competitors are charging higher prices, due to them being the “middle man.”

Due to the type of business that we are, there are A LOT of people all over the Chicagoland areas that do NOT know that there is a company that exists & does what we do, so it’s always hard to educate the whole Chicago & Chicagoland area that we can help them save money & save their blinds & drapery! Blind & Drapery Cleaning is A LOT less money, VS. buying NEW blinds & drapery. Plus repairing blinds & window shades ONLY cost a fraction of the price VS. buying NEW window treatments. Our company saves people A LOT of money & we help save the landfills from getting more garbage. There is NO need to have to replace your “old & broken” window treatments anymore….We can save them & save everyone money while doing so! Every day of the week, we are told over & over again that we are a “hidden gem” & our customer’s say “I wish I would’ve known about you guys a lot sooner!”

We are also Eco-Green Blinds & Drapery Cleaners….we do NOT use chemicals…ONLY Eco-Green Solutions! So our cleaning process is the safest around! We offer In-Home & Off-Site Cleaning Services, so we can clean your dirty blinds & dirty drapery, right inside of your home!

There is A LOT more about our company that helps our customers every day of the year! We are the best at what we do!

“Leave it to us…And you’ll Lovitt”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a long 10 years in business. First of all, there are NO companies out there that train you for this line of work, so we are 100% self-taught.

Also when we started this business, my husband lost a lot of money due to his major car accident (accident was on I-55 & Rt. 83) Therefore we started this business with just enough money to buying our first Blind Cleaning Machine. (Ultrasonic Blind Cleaner) We had no choice but to do everything ourselves & work over 80 hours a week, even while I was pregnant with my first baby. Money was always an issue & our services are so labor intense that it takes a lot of time, hard work & effort to help just one customer.

Also my husband has gone through so many surgeries & he is always in pain 24/7. So I am raising 2 kids & helping my husband through his injuries + working 80+ hours a week.

Finding the right employees is always hard. This is a very hard business & we are cleaning very dirty blinds, shades & drapery all day + repairing very broken blinds & window shades. We are always getting our hands dirty & not a lot of people are willing to do what we do for a living.

The hardest part is….getting people to know that we exist. Most people know about; carpet cleaning, window washing, maid services…..but MOST people have NEVER heard about Blind Cleaning companies & they do NOT know that we can repair their broken & expensive blinds & window shades for a very low price.

Please tell us about Lovitt Blinds & Drapery.
Lovitt blinds & drapery now has 2 store locations! (Downers grove & Northbrook) we are a family business that focuses on customer service & window treatments! We take great pride, knowing that we are the “go to people” in the Chicago & Chicagoland area for custom window treatments, blind cleaning service, blind repair service & drapery cleaning service! We are a certified & exclusive hunter Douglas showroom dealer offering custom blinds and shades, shutters and sheers! We clean over 20,000 blinds & window shades per year. We repair over 10,000 broken blinds & window shades per year. We clean over 10,000 sets of drapery per year.

SPECIALTIES OFFERED
Lovitt Blinds offers the following services below…

WE SELL HUNTER DOUGLAS BLINDS & DRAPERY
We Sell ALL Types Of Blinds & Shades & Drapery
Buy One Blind & Get One Blind 50% OFF + Promotions!
We Are A Hunter Douglas Certified Dealer.

BLIND CLEANING SERVICES
We Clean EVERY Type of Blinds & Shades.
We Offer On-Site & Off-Site Cleaning.
We Are Certified & Eco-Green Cleaners.

BLIND REPAIR & SHADE REPAIR SERVICES
We Are The Authorized Service Repair Center For Hunter Douglas Blinds
We Can Repair EVERY Brand Of Blinds.
We Can Fix Broken Cords & Broken Parts.
Repairs Are Very Affordable.

DRAPERY CLEANING SERVICES
We Clean EVERY Type of Drapery.
We Offer On-Site & Off-Site Cleaning.
We Are Certified & Eco-Green Cleaners.

WE SELL, WE CLEAN & WE REPAIR:
Mini Blinds, Honeycomb Shades, Pleated Shades, Vertical Blinds, Silhouette Shades, Luminette Sheers, Shutters, Wood Blinds, Faux Wood Blinds, Venetian Blinds, Roman Shades, Vignette Shades, Pirouette Shades, Woven Wood Blinds, Roller Shades, Remote Control PowerView Blinds & Shades, AND MORE!!!

Lovitt Blinds & Drapery is your local resource for your interior design needs, including window coverings from Hunter Douglas. Count on the knowledgeable and friendly professionals at Lovitt Blinds & Drapery, to coordinate your decorating project from start to finish.

Our distinctive services include professional measuring, experienced installation, and stylish design advice, all provided with a local flair since we’re independently owned and operated. Lovitt Blinds & Drapery has proudly served Chicago & ALL of the Chicagoland areas since 2007.

“Leave It To Us…And You’ll Lovitt”

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Family & Friends.

In Chicago, it was always Michael Jordan & going to Downtown Chicago & wanting to grow up and help people & run my own business!

Pricing:

  • Blind Cleaning is as low as $18+
  • Blind Repairs are as low as $0-$49+
  • Drapery Cleaning is as low as $10-$20+
  • New Blinds range from as low as $50+

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