Lou Manganiello, owner of Strachman on the Upper West Side, is in the business of selling and installing window treatments, shower doors, mirrors, glass and radiator covers to New Yorkers.
On a busy Saturday morning, he fielded phone calls, waited on walk-in customers, joked with neighbors and showed us photos of his days as a power lifter hoisting a 470 pound barbell.
Lou thinks there should be a sitcom made about him and his business. "So many things happen every day with the customers, the suppliers, the neighbors, the parking--it's always pretty amusing," he says.
What are the most in-demand items now?
With window treatments, it's mostly blinds in neutral colors—the “ettes collections”: silhouettes, duettes, luminettes and vignettes.