The Story Behind Austin Blind Faith
Almost a century ago, there was a man named Val Hicks that sold equipment to make blinds and shades. He developed a unique friendship with one of his customers down in Corpus Christi, TX named Gus Gustafson. The two men would go hunting together and enjoyed good jokes and a stiff drink. Eventually, their families became close as well.
Val’s son, Ray, and Gus’s daughter, Priscilla, soon married and started their own blind manufacturing plant in 1980. (We like to say they met on a blind date…dahduhduhm) Ray & Priscilla had a daughter, Darby, who was two when they started the business and a son, Devin, several years later. The kids would spend a lot of time in the manufacturing plants. Whether they were sorting tassels by color, attending the many Christmas parties each year or heading on trip promotions with dozens of customers, the family was consumed with the business.
In 2007 Austin Blind Faith was established as a shop at home retail business focused on the same principles her parents started their business with, outstanding customer service and high-quality products. Over the years, Darby has continued to focus on her customers’ needs by expanding her product offering to include draperies, bedding and cushions along with the blinds, shades and shutters she already knew so well. In 2009, her fiancé, Trey Meyer, who was a third generation HVAC professional, joined her team to provide exceptional installation services. Read more of the story of Austin Blind Faith here!