WE HAVE SO MANY CLIENTS DOING AMAZING THINGS IN THEIR BUSINESSES AND IN THE COMMUNITY. EACH MONTH, ALLISON TAKES A CLIENT FOR COFFEE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE UP TO SO WE CAN SHARE THEIR STORY. THIS MONTH SHE SAT DOWN WITH TATE AND NANCY FROM GEMSTONE LIGHTS.
Meet Tate Leavitt, founder of Gemstone Lights! Gemstone Lights are permanent LED lights that tuck perfectly under your soffit with a low profile that allows the lights to appear hidden during the day. A power box is installed on the side of your house that connects to a custom app that allows you to control your lights, set timers, program custom colours and animations from your smartphone. These lights have been quality tested in the heat of Arizona and the cold of Alberta. The best part is that the lights stay up and you never need to take them down!
Tate is a kind, outgoing, people’s person and got the idea to develop his product when they moved into their new home a few years ago. At the time, he was working as a home inspector listening to business and entrepreneur podcasts pretty much all day, because it was kind of a lonely job and needed a change. When it came time to put up Christmas lights on the steep peak of their new home he had to use a safety harness. Tate immediately thought there had to be a better way…and Gemstone Lights was born! Talk about a “light bulb” moment!
Tate, with his wife Nancy’s support, made a huge personal investment of time and money to manufacture and test thousands of different prototypes, until he finally came up with the most perfect, little individual LED lights that make a huge statement. He has worked hard building trusting relationships with his manufacturers and has even gone to visit them in China to ensure the working conditions meet his high standards. Tate has brought on partners and the company is growing exponentially; Gemstone now has over 70 different dealers/installers all over the continent. You can now see their certified lights on homes all over North America, as well as lighting up businesses and shopping centres.
We have Gemstone lights on our house and they are so amazing! We have them on almost every night – usually a soft white architectural pattern unless it’s a holiday, special occasion or during the Raptors playoff run – then we go bold and fun! This past summer a family was walking past our house and stopped to ask me about the lights. I proceeded to show them some features through the app and pulled up the Gemstone website. Then I asked half joking, “are you the house around the corner with the dangling, draped mess of Christmas lights?” Well yes. Yes, they were. We had a good laugh and, although I was a little embarrassed for being so direct, a few weeks later I cheered as I drove past their house and noticed it was lit up like the 4th of July with Gemstone lights!
We asked Tate and his wife Nancy, what is the key to Gemstones success? he said, “You just have to be patient.” Nancy quickly added exactly what you would guess as the wife of an entrepreneur…”Extremely.” We love watching you grow, and we hope you continue to light it up for years to come!