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Our History

Blinds are Beautiful has been a staple in Winnipeg since 1980. 

In the beginning, the company was known as New View Blinds. It competed on price, offering affordable window treatments by selling directly from the manufacturer to the public. 

A year after opening, an employee, Glenn Karr, bought the business and changed the name to Blinds are Beautiful three years later. 

As a local owner, Glenn built the business by working with customers, buying other businesses and giving back to the community. He provided clients the quality products, design services and customer service they desired. He purchased competitors and gave to local charities. 

  • Since 1980, Blinds are Beautiful has supported over 100 charities, including the: 
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Shiloam Mission 
  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
  • Winnipeg Football Club

During his 36 years of ownership, Glenn expanded the reputation and client base of Blinds are Beautiful, turning it into a Winnipeg institution. 

That legacy was handed over to Colin Robinson, who purchased the business from Glenn in the spring of 2017. 

Meet the Team

Meet the people who will help make your next decorating project a reality. Our consultants are some of the best in the business because they realize that your home is an extension of you. It should reflect your personal style and convey the right message about your taste and who you are. Whether you wish to have a design consultant visit you, or you prefer to visit our showroom, rest assured that the consultant you meet will have knowledge of the latest products, fabrics and colours to match your existing décor or to help you decorate from scratch.


Colin Robinson, President 

Colin, the proud owner of Blinds are Beautiful, didn’t know quite what to expect when his business partner told him about purchasing the store, but he has since enjoyed taking over the reins and continuing to find the success that has been a part of Blinds are Beautiful for 37 years. Honesty, trust, beauty and quality are the principles that drive Colin and his business, they are what gets him out of bed in the morning, and the motivating factor behind his passion to provide his clients with the best service possible.


Glenn Karr, Past President

Glenn Karr was working at a Winnipeg business that sold window treatments while he was a university student. After the company had been in business for about a year, Glenn decided to buy it.

That was in 1981. In 1984, he renamed the company Blinds are Beautiful. 

Glenn felt that the business could benefit from local ownership -- and he was absolutely right.   

Customers were attracted to Blinds are Beautiful by the excellent prices, but they became loyal because of the attention Glenn paid to their needs. He worked with customers to ensure they received the quality and service they desired. 

At the same time, Glenn bought competing businesses, such as Super Blinds in 1989. 

He also felt strongly that local companies should give back to their communities. This was a core value of Blinds are Beautiful during Glenn’s ownership. 

Over 36 years, Glenn built Blinds are Beautiful into a Winnipeg institution. 


Barb, Design Consultant

Barb has been cultivating her expertise as a design consultant for over 30 years. A passion for design, from fashion to interior decorating, has driven her to spread her love of beautiful things by creating strong relationships with her clients and helping them choose a beautiful selection for their home. Barb loves getting to know the likes and dislikes of her clients and is skilled at providing them with the information and expertise they need to make a confident decision.


Debby, Interior Designer & Design Consultant-

Debby graduated with a degree in Interior Design from the University of Manitoba. Her career began in the corporate design field in Montreal. Work opportunities led to Toronto & Peterborough, Ontario. With a move back to her home town of Winnipeg, she specialized in drapery and window treatments. With 16 years in the industry, she finds Blinds are Beautiful a wonderful fit. Solving a clients’ needs and expectations is a very satisfying challenge. Please contact her at your convenience. We have a ‘beautiful’ new and renovated Showroom and she would be more than happy to meet with you and discuss your project.


McKennah, Receptionist

McKennah is a new addition to the Blinds are Beautiful team, and she is excited by the opportunity her works has provided her. Blending her creative spirit with a passion for customer service, McKennah is happy to help with your every need.


Shawn, Installation Specialist


Cole, Installation Specialist