Updated: Jul 30, 2020
I had my first night back in the smoker’s lounge (aka, my patio) since my return from Florida. Much more comfortable than my mother's patio in Florida; the state that sweats!
A stray cat came through the yard as I was sitting there tonight and I thought “watch out birdies!” There are no gators around here for the cats to worry about!
It’s good to be home!
And back in charge of my own life! It was great to see my mother and help her get set up and back to living her (new) life, after my father’s passing. The time I spent with her will be like so many other days I’ve shared with my mother: a gift of memory!
But it was time to go! I’ve got a lot to do.
A few of you have asked me recently why I’ve been so cheap with the podcasts? I’m not one for making excuses (though sounds like I’m about to make one) but with all the travel and work I’ve been doing on my e-commerce project, I have not had the time. But I’ve made four already since I've been home and you should start hearing them again once I can get the editor to clean them up a bit! Stay tuned!
Janovic Paint is one of the premier independent retailers in the United States. Their stores in Manhattan, Long Island City in Queens and the Bronx (my two former-stores) have ruled over New York’s paint scene for more than a century! They claim to have been selling paint in New York City since 1888. While I can’t confirm THAT, I can tell you that my grandfather Jack knew Emil Janovic very well in the 1930’s! In New York as in our channel, Janovic is an institution!
They are going to write books about what the Covid outbreak did to New York City; and when they do, Janovic should be a chapter! Janovic CEO, my 25+ year acquaintance Rich Guadino, was suddenly faced with challenges beyond the scope of any previous contemplation.
When New York City ordered all non-essential businesses to close, Janovic went from growth-mode (6-months earlier they had purchased my two Bronx stores), to closed. In the flick of the mayor’s pen! Rich and his staff went to work on putting out the fires Covid had set for them but from the beginning of the crisis it was clear: surviving this would not be about how you close your stores.
It would be about how you reopen them!
Rich determined that Janovic needed an e-commerce solution and he needed it in a New