Blog Category: Mark My Words


Mark My Words—June, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Better Pricing for a SureWin Sometimes, in a moment, we become “aware.” And sometimes it takes a lifetime to get to that moment! I remember how hard I laughed when my daughter became aware that we sometimes call things EXACTLY what they are just by squishing two words together. The first time she figured  … Read more

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Mark My Words—May, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

The Rich and the Bald If asking me for money is a sign of love, then I have no doubt whatsoever just how much my 19-year-old daughter loves me! She’s proven that love every day since she got home from freshman year! For me though, I wish love were measured in room cleaning or laundry  … Read more

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Mark My Words—April, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  Will Your Store Divorce You? Not With These Tips! Every time I think I understand the women in my life, they find some way to send me a reminder that says, “Mark, you just don’t get it!” In the case of my ex-wife, it was a process server who handed me that reminder! Despite  … Read more

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Mark My Words—March, 2107

By Mark Lipton,

Safe Shopping in Dangerous Territory My daughter is home for spring break and was telling me about a trip to Israel she is planning for this summer. She could not have been more excited when she said “and while I’m there, there are two other countries I can walk across the border to, just to  … Read more

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Mark My Words—February, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  25 Independent Years When The Paint Dealer editor Jerry Rabushka asked me if I had a copy of my old byline picture from almost 25 years ago, my first thought was that I was getting an anniversary card or perhaps some sort of gift for my years of service. Little did I know that  … Read more

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Mark My Words—January, 2017

By Mark Lipton,

  You Should Have Seen It,  It Was SO AMAZING! “I look at every item to make sure we are buying it right as well as pricing it right.” Collectively, my family has an impressive ability to describe everyday things we experience in overly resplendent ways. Every movie my daughter has ever seen was “the  … Read more

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Mark My Words—December, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Big, Bigger, and the Biggest-est The other day I found an old picture of myself from around 1990. I texted it to my daughter and she replied, “who’s that?” OUCH! It must have been the full head of hair, athletic frame and cool clothing that threw her off; I’m sure if I sent my  … Read more

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Mark My Words—November, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Competing With Care My daughter is off to college now and as a result, I find myself spending my lonely hours putting together care packages. I enjoy it actually or at least did enjoy it, until competition took all the fun out of it. Turns out that Mitch from down the hall has a  … Read more

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Mark My Words—October, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  Independent Rivzlries I’m lucky enough to live my life on the better side of two of the greatest sports rivalries: Ohio State-Michigan and Yankees-Red Sox. As a Buckeyes fan (due to my daughter’s attendance there) and having been born in the Bronx and raised a Yankee fan, I am able to avoid the humiliation  … Read more

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Mark My Words—September, 2016

By Mark Lipton,

  A Month of Sundries Whoever said, “don’t sweat the small stuff” never owned a paint store! Being an independent paint retailer, or at least being a good one, is all about sweating the small stuff. Think about your own stores and I think you would agree. We all like to sell paint by the  … Read more

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