I’m a fan of the literary license. What storyteller hasn’t made the fish a little bigger? But I have to say: calling the space of land between San Antonio and Texarkana, TX, “the Hill Country” is closer to lying than literary license!
I completed the first leg of my journey home today: San Antonio to Texarkana: about 450 miles. And in-case its not clear from the creative name of the town I’m sleeping in, I’m currently in a hotel room at the intersection of Texas and Arkansas but close enough to Oklahoma to use that final “a!”
My hope to make it to Texarkana before Dot’s Ace-a full-line Benjamin Moore dealer in town-closed at 5 PM we’re dashed early when I realized I’d have to drive straight through.
I don’t like to rush when I drive. I like to stop and look at the sights (such that they are here in “Hill Country”). Also, let’s be real here; I’m a 56 year old man who likes soda.....so driving non-stop is not really an option!
So I ditched Dot and headed to Ace Hardware on Mountain Creek Parkway in Dallas. I immediately noticed that it didn’t have a name like “Dot’s Ace.” Just “Ace Hardware.” I’d like to think that they liked the branding and didn’t just get lazy when they picked the name.
I introduced myself to the paint manager, Mikel. Mikel told me that they’ve been a Ben Moore dealer for less than a month and he had a nice new 6-foot rack to prove it! He had the Regal and Ben assortment with the rest of his line (floor paints, primers, less expensive alternatives, etc.) filled in with a mixture of Clark & Kensington, Zinsser and a few other odd products. They had a nice selection of stains too with what looked like the full line from both Minwax and Cabot’s!
I asked Mikel how the Ben Moore was going and he shared that it was too soon to tell. Mostly, they’ve just had people looking at colors, not a lot of sales yet. You can see; the shelves look pretty full! The fives on the floor are all Regal and Ben as well.
Btw, that’s a decent price on BIN! Make sure to talk to your vendor to make sure you can compete!
I grabbed some caramel from his selection of candy and got back on the road. There are some pics of their paint department below.
Along my route I often saw signs saying “Texas Historical Marker” next to grave stone-looking markers by the sides of the highways. I got curious! Turns out that the Texas “Historical” Society learned a thing or two from the people who named it Hill Country!
Historical was a bit of a stretch! But.....I do know that in 1836, on a spot that’s now bone dry and on the shoulder of a highway, there used to be a ferry and a bridge.