The Buck Stops Here!


A month ago, Guy and I were empty-nesters.

We went where we wanted to go and when! Dinnertime was mostly pizza night, ham sandwich night and “I’m going to the cigar lounge-they’re bringing in Chinese food-see you tomorrow!” night.

How things have changed!

Three weeks ago, Guy’s 26-year old son Chris joined us in our quarantine and in just a few days my 22-year old daughter Buck Wheat adds her name to our mailbox!

Cue the Brandy Bunch music!

Both of Guy’s boys were already in college and out of the house when we met so this is all new for us all. It will be interesting to see how we all coalesce!


We will coalesce, won't we?

While the outbreak of the coronavirus has changed the landscape and living arrangements for the Lipton family, those changes will not be permanent. At some point this outbreak will end and despite the financial and emotional scars it will leave, the kids will go back to their own homes and lives. Life for me and Guy will transition back to pizza and cigars night!

At least that’s the plan.

Sadly, I don’t think that the transition back to “normal” will be as smooth for most independent paint retailers as it will be for me and Guy.

The outbreak of the coronavirus and the economic impact of the outbreak is about to send shockwaves through the entire independent paint dealer channel.

It would be hard to argue otherwise, that this outbreak will be nothing less than near-total devastation for independent retailers of all types around the United States and Canada. I see nothing in the tea-leaves which gives me reason to hope that what is happening to restaurants, dry cleaners and salons will pass-over independent paint dealers.

The ground has already shifted.