Company History Of Metropolitan Window Fashions

We are a third generation family business that has been serving customers of the Metropolitan area for 83 years.  We live and work in this community and support other small local businesses.  Although our children are in school, they have all worked part-time with us, making them the fourth generation to join the company.

The Beginning
Our founder, Philip Heyman, comes to America as an orphan and finds a job with his Uncles, who own Heyman Brothers Furniture store in Jersey City. After working as a salesman and learning the retail trade for 14 years, he has saved enough money to open his own shop in Plainfield, NJ.

First Store
Philip & Ida Heyman open Chain Decorators on Somerset Street in Plainfield.

The Family Grows
Second generation Jay Heyman joins the firm.

New Location
Philip and Jay Heyman open new store on Route 22 called Highway Mill End Shop.

Contest!
A contest is created to name the new store - the winning entry was Highway Fabric Land - The winner, Geri Barton, receives a color TV!.

Another Addition
Third generation Bruce Heyman joins the firm.

Awarded
Fabricland Wins New Jersey Family Business of the Year Award. Pictured are 2nd generation owners Jay & Gertrude Heyman and 3rd Generation Bruce Heyman.

Aquisition
Fabricland Interiors purchases Nassaus Window Fashions of Paramus. Now the two largest window fashions retailers in New Jersey are merged.

New Location
Fabricland Celebrates its 70th Anniversary in Business. Our third store, Metropolitan Window Fashions, opens in New York City. To celebrate, we offer a $10,000 room makeover contest. Susan Malmrose of Randolph, NJ was our lucky winner.

Metropolitan Window Fashions
All three stores now go under the name - Metropolitan Window Fashions - as we expand our offerings and become the largest independent retailer of custom, readymade & do-it-yourself window fashions in the metro area.

Retailer of the Year
Draperies and Window Coverings Magazine honors Metropolitan Window Fashions with it's first ever Retailer of the Year Award.

Awarded
Received Industry Achievement Award from the Window Covering Association of America for outstanding contributions and service to the retail window covering industry

New Location
We move our Paramus store to a beautiful new showroom at 799 Route 17 South in Paramus - across the street from our previous location. We feature new custom drapery displays, motorized shades, a Hunter Douglas Gallery and a sampling of our readymade window fashions.

80th Anniversary!
Metropolitan Window Fashions celebrates 80 years in business. The Heyman family is profiled in the Hunter Douglas Views Magazine.