Blog Category: Departments


Just Say Yes—September, 2017

By Contributing Writer,

How to Sell to a Pretty Woman There’s an old proverb that says, “Outward appearances are not a reliable indication of true character.” In other words, you can’t—and shouldn’t—judge a book by its cover. One of my favorite examples of this is from the movie Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. This classic  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

The Business of Family I have to admit: at the time I started making fun of my daughter in print—in front of the entire paint industry—it never occurred to me that she would have a chance to reply. As my regular readers know, I have written many times about some of the (really) stupid things  … Read more

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Paint Scene—September, 2017

By The Paint Dealer,

Sponsored by   HANDy Video Contest Who needs the Cannes Film Festival, when you have the Bucket Film Festival? One of the more creative contests in our industry is the annual HANDy Paint Products Film Festival, which took place on September 9 at the company’s Chanhassen, MN headquarters. This charitable event challenges aspiring filmmakers to  … Read more

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Prime Coat—September, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

When The Winds of Change are 175 mph Fall is here. Leaves are changing colors and falling, BBQ grills are working overtime, football season is rolling along. For most paint stores around the country, the changing seasons mean that outdoor paint work that was impossible when the temps were sizzling is now being attacked with  … Read more

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Mark My Words—August, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Big Feats With Small Footprints There have been lots of changes in the Lipton house lately. For starters, my girlfriend became my fiancée and moved in with me and my daughter. Before the move-in, my daughter and I had often joked, “we’ve known her five years and never seen her in the same outfit  … Read more

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Paint Scene—August, 2017

By The Paint Dealer,

    Paint Matching Device X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced the launch of MetaVue™, a non-contact imaging spectrophotometer for easy retail paint matching. MetaVue provides the ability to easily respond to a range of different types of customer samples and accurately measure them, building  … Read more

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Prime Coat—August, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming! Well, this was inevitable. Mankind is obsessed with creating new, easier, faster ways for man (and woman) to do all sorts of things, but now a legion of robotics companies have zeroed in on typical retail stores as a place where they say they can make your  … Read more

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Just Say Yes—July, 2017

By Contributing Writer,

Free Advice, Only $2.00! My buddy went to dinner with his wife to celebrate their anniversary. The server overheard them talking about how many years they had been married and was flattered they chose to spend their special night at the restaurant, so he brought them some complimentary champagne. They were surprised and most appreciative…that  … Read more

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Mark My Words—July, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

Happy At (Almost) Any Price My daughter, my dog, my fiancée, and I were sitting on the couch the other night. We weren’t “deep chatting,” as my daughter likes to say. Lying around “j-chillin” was about all we were doing. Turns out that me and the dog were the only two “j-chillin” because the silence  … Read more

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Prime Coat—July, 2017

By Hans Mugler,

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING!!! That is the message/alert I have been waking up to on my phone here in St. Louis for the last few weeks. Welcome to the hot summer months! As hot as Phoenix? Nope, planes are still taking off and landing in STL. Hot enough to fry an egg on concrete? Yup, but  … Read more

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