When Maria Reis came from Portugal after her marriage, she had difficulties finding any curtains that she liked for their new home. She was a seamstress by trade and used her skills to start making her own. Shortly after Manuel and Maria Reis took a trip to visit family in Canada who had their own window treatment business, where they learned how to install and make various window treatments. In 1984 under the coaching and guidance of their relatives in Canada they opened M&F Reis Draperies Inc. It was a humble store. They did alterations, sold baby clothes, basic bedding, and of course curtains. The majority of their first customers were from the local community, and those first few ended up becoming some of Manuel and Maria's dearest friends. As the word spread of their phenomenal work throughout Connecticut and surrounding states M&F Reis grew into the team that exists today, a handful of talented and compassionate people with the desire to turn your house into a home.