The Substance of Sparkle and Shine


Illuminations: The Substance of Sparkle and Shine
Krystal Krenek

Sisters Melinda and D’Ann Garcia see more than bright lights in the future of their family business, Illuminations, of McAllen.  They aim to provide the best service possible in the residential and commercial lighting industry while keeping their expanding showroom sparkling with a blend of traditional fixtures and the most contemporary selections available.

The Garcias’ father worked in construction for 20 years.  He saw a real need in the Rio Grande Valley for a lighting service that catered to builders.  He had been on the other side and used those years of experience to get the business started.  What began as a small McAllen location in the fall of 2000 has grown into a further-expanding showroom that continues to work alongside contractors and home owners to light rooms to dazzling perfection.  Their practice of quality customer service has new clients and repeat customers alike coming to Illuminations for their lighting needs.

At Illuminations, you will find a wide variety of products in different styles and price ranges such as chandeliers, ceiling fans, bathroom lighting, exterior lighting, and even small furniture items, wall art, mirrors, and home décor pieces.  The showroom is set up to display how the lighting options they offer really shine in real life settings.  The furniture and decorative items used to create these displays are also available for sale to add to the warmth and charm of your own home, office, restaurant, or other business setting.  These displays are also continuously changing and evolving to show current trends in décor and design.

The Garcias attend two industry shows a year to bring new ideas and concepts in lighting back to the Valley.  They stay informed about the latest trends and want to share that information with their client base.  Additionally, they offer the service of on-site consultations to access customers’ lighting needs and help make selections accordingly.  At Illuminations, clients can feel confident in working with the knowledgeable staff who have a long history with Illuminations.  They can also be assured that Illuminations stays on top of what is entering the market in the way of energy efficiency and eco-friendly products that are so appealing to builders and owners alike.

On the horizon is further change and growth for Illuminations.  They just opened a new contemporary addition to their showroom in December that is consistently being updated.  In early 2012, Illuminations plans to expand and open a second location in Brownsville.  The Garcia sisters are enthusiastic about providing a specialty local business venue amid national chain stores, keeping their clients happy, and shining light on the bright side of Valley homes and businesses alike.

Illuminations is located at 4801 N. 10th Street, Suite C, in McAllen.  You may visit their e-commerce site at or call 956.682.6986 for more information.