The year was 1985. Kim and Oanh Blake found themselves venturing into what was then a small store called All-Weather Window and Door to repair a torn patio screen. This Mission store with the iconic yellow umbrella was full of bicycles, treasure chests, and other miscellaneous goodies. “Kim and I did not know if it was a window and door store when we walked in,” Oanh recalls.
Upon striking up a conversation with the owner Roger, Kim and Oanh discovered that he was looking to sell the business. Kim had some experience working in the industry part-time while he attended college. Come February of 1996, Kim and Oanh were officially the new owners of the yellow umbrella window and door company.
Opening the Yellow Umbrella
The couple quickly learned that the demands for windows, exterior doors, and repairs in the Kansas City area were exceeding any of their expectations. The phones were ringing, and Kim was also attending tradeshows to get the new ownership known to the public and industry. As time went on, appointments became too much to handle alone so All-Weather began hiring skilled and educated employees.
More big changes continued to come All-Weather’s way. The property where the store was rented from went up for sale. The Blakes purchased the strip of commercial real estate in order to expand the shop and showroom. The next big change was acquiring the Andersen brand. This eventually led to opening the second location in North Kansas City in August 2012.
Continuing the Quality Service of the Yellow Umbrella
As the company continued to grow, Kim and Oanh continued to hire talented individuals in the industry. One of these was Doug Bennett. He was originally hired as a sales manager to keep growing the business and to add another dimension that had not really been tapped…siding. “Doug was a veteran window, door and siding sales leader in the industry,” Oanh informed. And in January 2014, Doug and his wife Jolene became part owners of All-Weather Window, Door & Siding.
Come September, the Bennetts will be majority owners of All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding. “After nearly 20 years, I look forward to the next chapter and enjoying the fruits of our years of labor. It is time for someone else to sow the seeds and we wish them all the success,” Kim explains.
Learn more about All-Weather and our services on our About Us page, or give us a call at 913-210-8810 or 816-673-2480.