Al's Awning Shop has been located along W. 26th St. in Erie for decade.
Owner Michele Quadri Butterfield is keeping the business her grandparents started in their garage going.
"80 years ago, their mission was to be able to provide sun protection and truck tarps," said Michele.
The business history runs deep. Michele's dad carried on the business while she was growing up. When he passed away in 1989, her mom took it over.
Michele took over ownership of the business in 2010, but she said it was the next year in 2011 when she received the ATHENA Erie award that changed the business moving forward.
"It helped me then to organize my thoughts and my goals for what we wanted for Al's Awning Shop," said Michele.
"We weren't sitting on our front porches anymore," said Michele. "We're now sitting in our backyards and enjoying our own patios and the decks that people build."
The business serves hundreds of residential and business customers in Erie and into the Pittsburgh and Buffalo areas.
Retractable awnings can be fitted to any desire and come with an easy-to-use remote control. They provide a different look for anyone's home or business and are created by the staff inside the Erie shop by hand.
Some awnings are even be stored at the business, and clients transition from summer to winter selections.