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Marrion Baker

Beautiful Windows

By: Patti McGrath

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hen Jamaican born Marrion Baker came to the United States thirteen years ago, she probably would not have foreseen the direction her career would take. She was a seamstress by profession, making clothing, when she arrived on American soil and has grown to become a business owner on a much larger scale. Baker got her college degree from St. Leo University in 2005 in business administration. It was there she learned about the business world. For Baker, knowledge was power. Upon moving to the Columbia area eleven years ago, she decided to open her own company called Beautiful Windows. Beautiful Windows began in Baker’s garage. She sold fabric, and made draperies and curtains. “I opened Beautiful Windows when my youngest son was a year old. I wanted to be able to be with 14

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him and be at my children’s activities,” the single mother of two boys states. Fortunately, she has developed many friendships over the years that have helped her balance her home and work life. “I am thankful for the large group of wonderful, supportive women who have encouraged me and have helped me in difficult times,” she says. With this support, her business has grown over the years. She moved Beautiful Windows out of

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her garage in 2007 to the company’s first location at Two Notch Road. “It was great to have my own business because I was able to take my children to work with me,” Baker says. “And, we were able to have more services with a larger space, so we expanded the business to include blinds, shutters, and shades in addition to the draperies and fabric shop.” Today, Beautiful Windows is located at 428 North Brickyard Road, and is no longer just a window treatment store. “We have an interior designer, seam-

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