Who We Are

Verti-Shade is a family-run business located in beautiful Kenora, Ontario, situated on the northern shores of Lake of the Woods. Established in 1983 by Marie and Les Brown, Verti-Shade began as a shop-at-home blind company, but quickly grew into a storefront in the heart of Kenora, on Main Street South. The store is now owned and operated by Darryl and Marion Brown, who continue to offer expert service and outstanding products to Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba.


Darryl grew up in Kenora, working for his parents at Verti-Shade. He spent his 20’s traveling overseas working on Twin Otters, to become a manager with an airline in northern BC. He shares his 17 years of aircraft maintenance experience, serving on the board for the Kenora Aircraft Authority.


Marion worked as a decorator in Durban, South Africa, and Vancouver, before starting a homewares manufacturing company. Her Vancouver apartment was featured in House & Home magazine. When her children were pre-school age, she opened a Montessori Pre-school in Smithers, before the family moved to Kenora.


We hope to inspire you to live in a home you love.