Dana & Derrick
Derrick Armand Opened
Slidell Shutter Shop in 1999, but is now working harder than ever installing various types of shutters with his staff of 12.
“I used to work at Delchamps [grocery store], and when it went out of business, one thing led to another and here I am,” says Armand, who learned primarily from good old fashioned, hands-on experience—by practicing on his own home.
There are several different types of shutters available, Armand says. Styles include Colonial, roll-down, accordian and Bahama, which is an especially popular choice right now in the New Orleans area. And with good reason—“They can really change the whole look of a house,” says Armand. Many requests are for hurricane- and storm-proof shutters made of aluminum or wood.
To pick shutters, a customer can visit the shop in Slidell. “You can walk in and decide, ‘I want this shutter, in this color,’” he says. Armand is also willing to make house calls with a truckload of samples, which allows a person to see exactly how it will look after the installation process.
“A lot of people don’t know too much about shutters,” he says. So he gives demonstrations, “This is a shutter, and this is how it works.”
Armand and his staff personally install all of the shutters, and they have branched out with awnings and garage doors. “It seemed natural,” he says. “Awnings are pretty cool. People that like shutters usually like awnings.”