By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- Wanda Tinney left quite a legacy in the world of wallpaper. A legacy her son, Todd Gribble, is proud to continue.
Mrs. Tinney started her love affair with wallpaper when she was young, hanging it with her grandmother. It was work that sprouted into passion as she grew older and when she moved to the Treasure Coast in 1988 she started a wallpaper installation business.
It was in 1997 that she jumped on an opportunity to buy a Stuart wallpaper store as the current owner was retiring. Walls by Wanda was born.
It was a dream come true for the lively, vivacious woman who loved wallpaper and the customers for whom she provided it.
Mr. Gribble recalls Mrs. Tinney thinking she would be in charge of managing the store and the many wallpapers and boarders she stocked when she first took over, but she simply enjoyed hanging the paper too much, so that's what she did. After all, she'd been doing it all her life.
"She was always going -- the hardest worker I've ever met in my life," Mr. Gribble said.
She loved seeing the transformation in customers' homes and working with them to create the walls they had been dreaming of.
It was a passion she managed to pass on to at least one of her children, Mr. Gribble, who said, "I love it just like mom did."
It's her legacy of caring about people and her attention to detail that he was honored to carry on after his mother's passing in 2011.
"We're continuing her dream," Mr. Gribble said.
Walls by Wanda offers more than 500 wallpapers in stock in addition to a selection of fabrics and blinds. They specialize in designer and high-end patterns like those from Thibaut and Ronald Redding. They also have hundreds of books of samples and offer free measurements and consultations. The store even offers full installation.
Mr. Gribble said he has big shoes to fill, but he has loved watching the business grow over the past few years as wallpaper made a comeback in modern décor and takes pride in knowing that the business his mother started is still the place to go for wallpaper done right.
Walls by Wanda is located at 1690 N.W. Federal Highway in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 692-3776.