I'm Coming Grasshopper!

Like most independent paint dealers I speak with these days, Augusta Paint and Decorating is setting sales records.

Owner Leslie Merritt sharing that most of the increases Augusta is experiencing are coming from do-it-yourselfers looking for premium products.

Though painters looking for options as Sherwin-Williams continues to struggle with shortages are also finding a new home at Augusta!

A full-line Benjamin Moore dealer, Leslie’s stores still have a bit of room left to stock stains from Cabot’s and Old Masters as well as specialty products from Richard’s

Don’t worry #DanCalkins, they keep them in the back!

The family business which also sells lighting, Leslie and her husband (who I’ll call “Mr. Leslie”) since I forgot to ask his name) were recently joined in the business by the couple’s son Justin.

A two-store dealership which also sells lighting, Leslie and Justin work the counter at the Staunton store while “Mr. Leslie” manages the Waynesboro location 12-miles away.

After some early-morning paint geeking with Leslie and Justin, I continued on to the reason I spent the night in Staunton, Virginia; a visit to the birthplace and presidential library of our nation’s 28th president, Woodrow Wilson.