Meet the Macedon Ranges’ long-time locals, David and Lee Sheridan. The couple have made Riddells Creek their home and have lived in the Macedon Ranges for the last 23 years. Their business, Sheridan Blinds and Awnings is their community’s go-to place for blind installation, and they’ve been passionate about supporting their local community for the past 15 years that they have been in business locally.
David and Lee started off by designing and building kitchens, laundries, and bathrooms independently for their locals. Eventually their stellar work was noticed, and their friend asked them to help with his Blind and Curtain business. Before they knew it, David and Lee were asked to take on the business for the Melbourne area, and it has now become their main business which they love.
As with everyone, COVID has been difficult for the couple. At the beginning they were still fulfilling orders and trying to safely quote and install blinds, but once stage four restrictions hit, they were limited to operating in suburbs where restrictions were less severe. But thankfully, David and Lee say they’ve been amazed at the support of their surrounding communities, and that they have been so willing to “Go Local First” during these tough times. Their commitment to their locals runs deep, so much so that all their blinds, curtains and awnings are Australian made.
To keep the ball rolling for the business, they’ve upped their advertising presence, focusing mainly on their local area in stage 3 where they have been able to continue working. They have implemented a Covid Plan, concentrating on hygiene protocol, making sure they keep track of all their movements, and follow restriction requirements. In some instances have moved to giving quotes through Zoom.
These efforts didn’t go unnoticed, and their customers have said they’re deeply appreciative that they have a local business that is making the effort to supply their product through this difficult time, even though there may be some delays.
To return the fantastic support they receive, they in turn, support “Local First” in their area, such as sponsoring their local community newspaper, the Riddell Roundup, as well as papers in Romsey, Lancefield and Gisborne. As the business grows David and Lee intend to continue their community support, and hopefully are able to sponsor their local primary school’s Business Christmas Tree campaign.