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From college project to successful business: Linn's Prestige Kitchens celebrates 30th

July 09, 2011

Dusty Ricketts
Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — In 1981, John Linn was finishing up his bachelor’s degree in business management at University of West Florida.

For his final project, he and some classmates came up with a business plan for a cabinetry and remodeling company called Prestige Kitchens. His wife Sherrie designed the company’s logo for them.

The business plan turned out so well that the Linns used it to start their real business after graduation called Linn’s Prestige Kitchens and Baths. The company is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“When you’re young and trying to figure out what to do, you just dive in and start working,” Sherrie Linn said. “We started when Johnny just had a little blue pickup truck and some door samples and he would go around and call on builders and ask them to give us a chance. I would draw the plans and do the design work at home at night before we had an office.”

The company has grown to include showrooms in Fort Walton Beach, Destin and Pensacola. It employs more than 30 people.

Most of their work comes from new construction, remodeling or commercial projects. Linn’s Prestige Kitchens has done custom work for TYBRIN Corp., O’Sullivan Creel accounting firm and the South Walton Fire District.

About 20 years ago, the company started selling appliances so customers could have all of their remodeling needs met at one location, Sherrie Linn said.

Linn’s has won more than 20 national design awards for clients’ homes. The company also has remodeled second homes for local clients in Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana and as far away as San Francisco.

Linn’s currently is featured in the summer issue of the national publication Renovation Style Magazine, profiling a kitchen and bath renovation the company completed in Pensacola.

“We carry a lot of different product price points,” Sherrie Linn said. “Whether you’re a first-time home buyer starting out or it’s your last luxury home that you really want a gourmet kitchen and luxury bath, we’ve got all of the high-end products as well as the starter products. When we design something, the client actually gets to pick the budget they want to be in.”