HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US!!!
CELEBRATING 117 YEARS IN BUSINESS!
No, we are not the original family to own Beacon, but our father, Mel, bought the store from the original family. Our grandfather, who was also in the paint business, knew the original owner.
From 1900 to 1940, Beacon Paint was located on the west side of Amsterdam Avenue between 77th & 78th streets. At our present location stood an A&P grocery store back then. The back of the store is where they kept a horse and buggy to make milk deliveries! This information came from a man who lived on 78th Street and was the "box boy" back in the day.
In 1940, when the move was made, there was a woman who worked in the store. Because she was a "woman," they wouldn't let her carry anything across the street. She came into the store back in the 80's and told me this. Once she made her purchase, I gave her an employee discount.
By 1971, our father purchased the store. While negotiating the deal, he sought the advice and counsel of our largest paint supplier, Benjamin Moore Paints. They told him that if he came up with 1/3 of the payment, they would come up with the rest (with very generous terms). Sadly, they don't make companies like this anymore.
As for the rest of us, we all came aboard at various times, and have never looked back.
We watched as the neighborhood grew and got nicer and safer. We are proud to be a part of this community and neighborhood. And we are especially proud of all the things we do to help it.
Hopefully we'll be here for another 117 years.
Don't forget to check out Beacon's revamped website: www.beaconpaint.nyc
Print out a screen shot of the home page and bring it in for $5.00 of any purchase over $50.00!
Feel free to submit photos of any home remodeling or repair job you're proud of, or any tips you want to share with others.
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