Sunday, January 20th, 2019

S Shopper Stories


BUDGET BLINDS

Innovative window treatments to grace your home

by John Forte


Owners Kevin and Lynn Welsh <BR>Photo by Ritchie Gregory

Owners Kevin and Lynn Welsh
Photo by Ritchie Gregory

To say that Kevin and Lynn Welsh, owners of the Budget Blind franchise in Chesapeake, get animated about blinds and window treatments is hardly an overstatement. This business is Kevin’s passion, and he really knows his stuff.

“The first blinds in America? Philadelphia, St. Peter’s Church, 1761,” Kevin says. “The first blinds in the world? Egypt.”

Philadelphia is Kevin’s hometown, and he is an ardent fan of anything “Philly,” especially the 2018 Super Bowl-winning Eagles football team and Villanova, the 2018 winner of the NCAA  basketball tournament.

Naturally, his favorite back-home food is the famous Philly cheesesteak. He leans in and reveals the secret: “Amoroso Bakery rolls and spray cheese!” He can’t even bear the thought of his beloved sandwich without these two all-important ingredients. The famous Amoroso Bakery was a Philadelphia institution since 1904 until they moved their operations to Vineland, New Jersey a few years ago.


There are window coverings
for any application or occasion.
Dual shades with two different types
of pleated fabric, one sheer and one solid,
are an innovative approach as well.



Kevin and Lynn are all about new beginnings. Not only is their business in its first year, their marriage is, too. They wed on November 4, 2017. They met on a dating website and found they suited each other very well. “We met and went out a few times,” Kevin smiles. “It grew from there, and we haven’t stopped spending time together since.” People love to hear their story and then they want to hear what the couple has to say about window treatments. 


lex, a Lab mix rescue dog  the couple adopted

lex, a Lab mix rescue dog the couple adopted


Kevin got his start as a territory sales manager for a major window treatment company where he worked for about four years. He reflects, “My boss at the time told me, ‘Next time you drive around anywhere, look to see if there are any buildings without windows. Everybody needs window treatments.’ ” I didn’t foresee windows disappearing anytime soon from buildings or houses.” That was a true moment of clarity and his eyes opened to the opportunities of offering window treatments and making homes stylish and fresh.

Kevin had opportunities to take over territories in Florida and Texas, but something told him to stay in Virginia. When a group of Budget Blinds owners approached Kevin and Lynn about moving to Chesapeake to become owners and operate the local franchise, the choice was clear. They jumped at the challenge. Their goal is to share the chic and imaginative new possibilities for blinds and window treatments. There are window coverings for any application or occasion, even unobtrusive window film. Wooden bypass shutters, plantation shutters, bamboo shades that filter light, or motorized cellular shades that can be customized to match any decor are a few of the options. Dual shades with two different types of pleated fabric, one sheer and one solid, are an innovative approach as well.

Not only can these window treatments transform a business or primary residence, they also work wonderfully in vacation homes and rental homes.

 Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University, as are his older brother and sister, and Lynn is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Lynn handles the marketing for their venture and Kevin takes care of the rest. 

Honesty is paramount to Kevin and Lynn’s business dealings. “I returned to a client’s home to take final measurements and go over the order. One covering was for a set of beautiful, large wooden doors with glass in them,” Kevin describes. “The client asked if I thought she was right to put something over the windows. I just admired the doors, and took a step back to see the full effect; they were amazing! And I replied, ‘Why cover something so beautiful?’ She asked to take those coverings off the order, and I was happy to; it was the right thing to do.”


Kevin Welsh demonstrates cordless blinds, which are safer for children and pets

Kevin Welsh demonstrates cordless blinds, which are safer for children and pets

Being current is critical in this business, and a significant change is coming. The Windows Covering Manufacturing Association is addressing a safety issue concerning the blinds’ cords endangering children. The cords are being replaced with a button that moves the blinds up and down. “I really believe in our products and industry, especially when we strive to make great products as safe as possible. It’s important for families to feel confident in the products they choose for their homes,” Kevin insists.

The couple has adopted a very friendly, lovable rescue dog named Flex. A Lab mix, Flex is a wonderful addition to Lynn’s back office space. Supporting the local SPCA is an important part of Kevin and Lynn’s lives. In addition to donating other types of assistance, the couple’s chosen credit card processing company also supports the SPCA and four other local charities.


“I really believe in our products
 and industry,
especially when we strive
to make great products
as safe as possible.
It’s important for families
to feel confident in the products
they choose for their homes.”

—Kevin Welsh



Kevin and Lynn really love their community. They are looking forward to meeting new friends and helping them choose the right colors, patterns, textures and styles for their homes. After the unrelenting winter in this area, bringing in the light and the breeze in just the right way will be especially welcome.




Budget Blinds

1025 Executive Ct., Suite #104
Chesapeake, VA 23320

757-356-9996