Over the years, visitors to our old retail shop seemed always to be amazed at how much bigger it was on the inside. The three large display windows facing Glenwood Avenue did not do it justice. Some sci-fi and fantasy fans compared it to Ollivander’s wand shop in the Harry Potter series, particularly the old hallway, stairwell, and second floor areas. Originally a two-story house, 110 Glenwood was purchased in 1946 by our company’s founder, John Askew, for the purpose of starting a retail house paint and wallpaper shop. Over the years, our product lines changed quite a bit until, little by little, artist paints and supplies replaced most of the house painting sundries. But the sense of wonder at the volume of products stacked into every nook and cranny never faded.
We hope you enjoy this brief photo tour of the our former retail location. If you are curious and want to know more about us, please check back soon. We plan on posting more content pages about our products and the history of our family business.