LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After multiple generations of family businesses, Walt Valiant is continuing this tradition by starting up his own branch of Kitchen Tune-Up, a kitchen remodeling business, for the Greater Lafayette area.
“I actually grew up in a small business,” Valiant said. “So I’ve always had a real big passion for small businesses in the local community. My dad took over my grandfather’s business in Evansville. My brother has since taken over that business, and I also have a brother over here in Lafayette. He’s got the Kona Ice trucks that go around.”
With a family history of running small businesses, Valiant had big shoes to fill. Luckily, the five “trustpoints” that Kitchen Tune-Up follows sets Valiant’s business apart from others. Listening carefully, arriving on time, respecting homes, providing solutions and skilled communication are all the foundation of Kitchen Tune-Up.
“Kitchen Tune-Up was started out with the ‘tune-up’ process,” Valiant said. “That’s kind of the first of our five core services. The tune-up process restores the color and the finish to an existing cabinet. We can also do that with other wood works throughout the home. We also do cabinet painting, re-dooring, and re-facing. We can usually get most of the jobs done within a week.”
With having so many businesses within his family and in Lafayette, the Valiant name has made positive impacts on the community.
“I think we fill a really nice niche with the core services that we offer,” Valiant said. “Being able to offer people a really affordable way to upgrade your kitchen pretty quickly, without creating a huge mess in your house, that’s a nice niche that we bring. I’ve got four people hired right now, and I’m looking to hire another one or two. So we just continue to pour into the community by offering employment.”
Not everything is about bringing in profits for Kitchen Tune-Up, though. Valiant’s branch has sponsored multiple charities and philanthropic events as well.
“There was a Food Finders silent auction in May,” Valiant said, “and we had a basket in that for one of our fundraiser opportunities. We also partner with Habitat for Humanity and do some work there as well.”
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While Kitchen Tune-Up has existed for over 35 years, Valiant’s Lafayette branch is relatively new; as such, future plans for his company are focused on customer satisfaction.
“There’s a lot of demand for remodeling right now,” Valiant said. “So that’s been our primary focus, just being able to keep up with the work and keep our customers happy.”
With both indoor and outdoor kitchen-line options, Valiant is truly passionate about providing the best possible work for arguably the most important part of one’s home.
“We’d love a chance to help people update their kitchen,” Valiant said. “It’s the heart of the home. I love to cook inside or outside, and having a nice kitchen to do that in is a lot of fun. I look forward to helping the people of Lafayette do that.”
Margaret Troup is a journalist for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretTroup2