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Business Spotlight: ShelfGenie

Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger

I dream of Genie. A genie that first keeps my pantry organized and, next, makes it easy for me to access items in my cabinet stashed way in the back. For my third wish, I’d love a system that gives me a little bonus space for new stuff.

Pick up your magic lamp and rub it, because Shelf Genie can grant that wish and more. Shelf Genie offers gliding drawer systems, racks and dividers to give you the most convenient and efficient storage solutions designed to put everything in reach. That means no more having to take everything out of the cabinet to reach the pretty serving trays in the back five minutes before company arrives.

Carmel franchisees, Rick and Laura Lyons, began granting cabinet, pantry and closet organization wishes eight years ago when they became local franchise owners of the national chain that started in 2000. Since then, they have transformed hundreds of kitchens and bathrooms around the city.

“We had a system installed in our new home and loved it so much, we decided to become franchisees,” says Rick, a former builder and contractor.

Each Shelf Genie system is made of high quality wood outfitted with a durable metal mechanism that’s guaranteed to hold 100 pounds. Shelf Genie products also come with a lifetime guarantee, so you’ll be glad you made your wish.

You can’t find Shelf Genie in stores. The systems, which are featured in popular national home design magazines like Woman’s Day and on websites like This Old House, are sold via private consultation. The Lyonses also feature their product at trade shows. They’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Christmas Gift and Hobby Show November 8-12, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. You can find them in the West Pavilion.

But if you don’t have a chance to catch the Lyonses at a trade show, you can reach out to them via the Shelf Genie website. Shelfgenie.com will prompt you to enter your Indiana location and send your inquiry directly to Rick and Laura. You can also dial Shelf Genie customer service at 877-434-3643, and they’ll send your inquiry to them. Once you’ve made contact, Rick and his designer, Kellie Rossman, will come right to your home and evaluate your needs.

Kellie puts her clients’ needs first, listening to their needs and carefully taking measurements. From there, she’ll design a custom system with the perfect height and depth of drawers or slide out shelves that’s personalized to fit your lifestyle. Rick and Kellie will give you an estimate on the spot so you can review and make a decision. The Shelf Genie product is such high quality and so customized, and the Lyonses can help you make it budget friendly.

“We don’t have to do all cabinets and closets at once,” Laura says. “We can make it work within your budget by taking it one space at a time.”

Take your first step in getting organized. Check out shelfgenie.com/indiana to browse their products and get inspired.

About Suzanne Huntzinger

Suzanne Huntzinger has a journalism degree from IU and has lived in the Geist community for 18 years.

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