readily available in stores. So we decided to put an ad in a Boston newspaper to see what would happen.
I drew sketches of the curtains, and Jack wrote the copy. And, before we knew it, orders started coming in. Jack was working with a small chain of New England retail stores, and kept that job for the first few years while I filled every order for Country Curtains myself ... literally from my dining room! Every day I would stop at the post office to pick up the orders after our two young daughters, Nancy and Ann, went off to school. Then I'd spend the morning packing the orders and often the girls would help me take the packages back to the post office to be mailed to our customers in the afternoon. As the number of orders grew, my sister Zoa started helping and was my right hand for years.
Eventually, Jack began managing Country Curtains full time, as our company grew and grew. We took out more and more ads in national magazines, and our catalog evolved from a flyer, to a booklet of sketches, to the big color catalog we have today. Always, our dream has been to offer the nicest designs, the very best quality, fair and reasonable prices, and extraordinary customer service. Our New England family business tradition wouldn't have it any other way!
As our company grew ... and outgrew my dining room ... Jack and I bought and restored the famous old Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge and moved Country Curtains there. It wasn't long before we needed even more space, so we built a new home for Country Curtains a few miles down the road where we still are today. Because Jack started out in retailing, he always wanted a few stores. So years ago, we also formed a retail company to oversee a growing number of locations. Now there are Country Curtains shops all up and down the east coast from New Hampshire to Virginia, and from Boston to Chicago.
To attend to our concern for quality, years ago we created the Housatonic Curtain Company, just six miles from Stockbridge. So many of our wonderful designs are made right there by a very talented group of seamstresses. All these years later, we are still a private family-owned company. Our daughters, Nancy and Ann, are still involved, and we have a marvelous staff to help us pay attention to the many details. And while we lost our dear Jack in July 2011, he always said to "carry on" and we are doing so. All of us still hold fast to the dream of serving you in the very best ways we can.
I do hope you enjoy Country Curtains!