For over 70 years Blight’s Home Hardware has been serving the Dunbar community. It is packed with a wide selection of products for yard work and household projects, but there was one key product missing that customers had been requesting —Benjamin Moore paints.
Without any room to spare at the well stocked hardware store, owner Jeffrey Ho decided to open another store five doors down to accommodate the demand.
This is Jeffrey’s first Benjamin Moore store; he already owns three Home Hardware locations. In addition to Blight’s Home Hardware, he owns Gandy’s Home Hardware located on West Fourth Avenue and Davie Village Home Hardware.
West Side Paint & Decorating opened in mid-August and is having its official grand opening on November 17.
Benjamin Moore paint is West Side Paint & Decorating’s main focus, however the store also carries Hunter Douglas blinds, York Wallcoverings and Robert Allen fabrics.
Jeffrey says, “Dunbar is an awesome community of hard working people, many of whom love to keep their homes current and stylish. Our store offers a hub of creativity, currently not available in this area for customers, designers and contractors to come together, and be inspired by our wonderful selection of paint, blinds, wall coverings and fabrics. Our store allows you to see all of these elements together and choose the best options to create the home of your dreams.”
Jeffrey mentions, “We have a fantastic design studio located upstairs that showcases these brands, including a display showing the Hunter Douglas blinds in action.”
The design studio is a place where customers can relax, have a cup of coffee and chat with the store’s knowledgeable staff. They can peruse wall covering and fabric books, and it is also a space to host in-store colour and blind consultations. The kiddie corner allows little ones to keep busy while their parents look around the store.
West Side Paint & Decorating’s staff includes store manager Debby Joubert who runs the day-to-day side of the store and has extensive knowledge in all areas. James Nelson’s expertise is the Hunter Douglas blinds and with a background in archi-tectural design, he is a trove of knowledge and ideas. Aisling Ely is the colour consultant and also manages social media and marketing. Aisling, Debby and James are all available to assist customers as they choose paint colours and determine which type of paint best suits their needs. They also offer advice on paint application and painting supplies.
Colour consultations either in store or at home help clients choose the best colours of paint to suit their living space. Aisling mentions, “At home consultations can be enlightening for the consumer.” The skilled design team gets a chance to see the existing colour palette and décor, providing a springboard to make colour suggestions to create a beautifully coherent living space.
If you know the colour you want, it can be matched or the closest Benjamin Moore colour can be found with a state of the art colour-matching machine.
In mid-October Benjamin Moore revealed its Colour of the Year for 2019, a sophisticated gray called Metropolitan AF-690. Described as “calm, composed and effortlessly sophisticated,” it is supported by Colour Trends 2019, a collection of 15 colours that range from quiet neutrals to deep, ambient colours for more of a statement or feature wall.
West Side Paint & Decorating’s staff also provide in store and home consultations for Hunter Douglas blinds to help determine which style, colour and finish best suits a client’s needs. In addition, they demonstrate their ease of use – options include either manual or automatic. These blinds can even be set up to work from your smart phone!
Jeffery reports, “Everyone has been so welcoming of the new store; they are delighted to see it all come together.”
“We are excited about choosing colours and helping clients navigate through the vast amount of choices available. Also, we are happy that the upstairs design studio is being so well received by our customers; they love seeing the blinds in action and taking the time to sit, chat and enjoy the store at their leisure,” he says.
Like Blight’s, West Side Paint & Decorating will also be actively involved in the community. Jeffery belongs to the Dunbar Village Business Association (he’s a board member) and he got his new business involved with the Harvest Festival. They plan to partake in future festivals and events organized by the BIA.
Mark you calendar for Saturday, November 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The store’s grand opening will be a fun-filled day of family entertainment. Special guest Maria Killam (a renowned colour expert) will cut the ribbon and be giving away copies of her book all about choosing the perfect white.
There will also be door prizes, goody bags (be sure to get there early!), promotions and prizes. Amongst the prizes will be a $500 Hunter Douglas gift card, a $200 painting utilities goody bag as well as a kid’s prize. Entertainment will include the Z95.3 radio street crew, a balloon artist, colouring competition, origami, face painting, contests and raffles. Food and beverages will also be provided.
West Side Paint & Decorating
3354 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC V6S 2C1