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Budget Blinds franchise reaches into Red Wing

By Samantha Bengs

Budget Blinds, a national window coverings franchise, is now available in the Red Wing area.

Tom Draeger bought his franchise earlier this year and said he is gaining customers in the southeastern Minnesota region.

“We bring the store to the customer,” Draeger said. “Our process offers great convenience.”

Based out of Rochester, Draeger serves Red Wing, Lake City, Northfield, Cannon Falls, Dundas, Kenyon, Zumbrota, Pine Island, Plainview and Wabasha.

“Our free in-home consultations make it easy to match the style you are looking for within the comforts and ease of your own home,” he said.

Draeger, along with his son, daughter and son-in-law, has developed Budget Blinds into a family business.

“We have been learning the business together,” he said. “My daughter and son-in-law plan on expanding a new franchise towards Winona and La Crosse in the near future.”

A native to the Midwest and U.S. Army veteran, Draeger was drawn to building a Budget Blinds franchise when he caught wind of the company’s commitment of providing financial assistance for veterans who wish to own their own business.

“They help with the initial start-up and territory fees,” he said. “It is a great program.”


Budget Blinds offers blinds, shutters, shades, drapes, valances, pillows, bedding, rugs, screens and more. With 25 brands and multiple styles and looks, the company has a goal to provide people with the best products and services in order to enrich the home environment, Draeger said.

Budget Blinds products have been featured on popular TV shows including “Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers,” “Love It or List It,” “Designing Spaces,” “This Old House,” “Blog Cabin” and the “Property Brothers at Home.”

“We offer a hands-on experience and stand behind what we sell,” he said. “We take the measurements, install, and will come back and fix treatments if anything needs attention. We pride ourselves in customer service.”

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Contact Draeger at or 507-722-2655.