The Coastal Window & Door Center was originally founded in 1989 by former high school classmates and teammates, Mark Brisson and Jimmy Allen. The duo out of rural Tar Heel, North Carolina started the company by selling residential high-end windows and doors that met the harsh demands of coastal North Carolina’s unpredictable and sometimes formidable climate. Throughout the years Coastal has expanded their market presence to Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to expanding territory, they added other valuable goods and services such as a commercial division led by Jeff Harkleroad, cabinets led by Rachel Leo, and a full time service team.
Family owned and operated, The Coastal Window & Door Center stays true to the basic values that have propelled their success; faith, intellect and character. By staying true to these values and keeping a pulse on current building trends, The Coastal Window & Door Center continues to have Proven Performance and Innovative Solutions.
Jimmy’s involvement in the window and door industry began shortly after graduating with a business degree from UNC-Pembroke. As an employee in DuPont’s Butacite department that manufactured laminate PVB (used in impact glass), Jimmy learned firsthand the importance of precision early in his career. In 1987, he worked alongside co-owner Mark Brisson at a local building supply selling windows, doors and pre-fab fireplaces. A few years later, Jimmy joined forces with Mark at The Coastal Window & Door Center. In the past 30 years,
The Coastal Window & Door Center has grown gradually and systematically, opening branches in the Raleigh and Charleston markets. With a unique understanding of our region’s climate and luxury design demands, Jimmy works closely with architects and builders alike to provide and service products that exceed requirements and expectations. In his spare time, you can find Jimmy tending his pecan orchard in Tar Heel, NC, where he resides with his wife and son, Trish and Tyler. His older son, Jared Allen, joined the Coastal Sales Team in 2014.
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Commercial and Multi-family projects require extensive logistics, foresight, attention to detail, and precise execution. Jeff Harkleroad is no stranger to the challenge. With over 20 years of experience in numerous facets of the window and door industry, he offers unique and budget conscious solutions for commercial applications.
Prior to becoming the managing partner of Coastal Commercial Window & Door in the triangle area, Jeff worked for several years as a Marvin Windows & Doors Commercial Sales Representative. Additionally, Jeff served as president and CEO of Consolidated Building Products, a distributor of Division 8 Commercial HM doors, frames, hardware and specialty items. Jeff and Melissa Harkleroad operate out of our Efland, NC office and manage commercial & custom residential projects all over the southeast.
As a fifth generation family member of John F. Weinheimer, a name synonymous with kitchen and home remodeling for more than 100 years, Rachel Trader of Elegant Kitchens understands the importance of designing kitchens that are both functional and beautiful. After many years of learning from her family, working for others in the business and attending Bowling Green University majoring in Interior Design, Rachel decided it was time to open her own design center. After several years in the Buffalo, New York market she decided to take her talents to a warmer locale in Wilmington, NC.
Rachel, who loves her work and is always up for a challenge, works with both new builders and those looking to remodel their current kitchens along the North and South Carolina coasts. Having a kitchen professionally designed by Rachel is more affordable than you may think. Her services include the personalized attention of Rachel evaluating your space and designing a kitchen based on your needs and desires. This may take several meetings, a service you won’t find just anywhere. She also is on the job from beginning to end coordinating everything from orders and deliveries to installations making it worry and hassle free for her customers. Contact Rachel for an appointment in one of our showrooms in Wilmington, NC or Charleston, SC.