Western Paint and Wallcovering Ltd.
- 521 Hargrave Street
So much has changed downtown since 1908, but one thing that’s stayed the course is Western Paint.
Located in the same building it’s been serving Winnipeggers from for over 100 years, on Hargrave and William, Western Paint is a family-owned and operated business with its fourth generation currently working in the shop.
Its iconic neon sign – featuring a kaleidoscopic logo topped with a cowboy hat – has been a steadfast presence downtown, which today flanks the bustling Red River College Princess Street Campus.
And though some things have stayed the same, Western Paint continues to expand its role as its industry and buyers’ shopping habits evolve.
Western Paint now offers a decor centre carrying modern flooring options; wallcovering, wall murals and decals; and a variety of hardware – over and above its expansive line of Benjamin Moore paints and stroke-of-genius staff.
Perhaps most excitingly, Western Paint now houses a spray booth which allows people to easily refinish a beloved piece of furniture using just about any colour under the sun – and it can even save you on costly kitchen cabinet upgrades.
The solid lacquer job can refurbish dated cabinets, doors, chairs or tables with a clean, custom finish.
Owner Paul Schimnowski feels part of Western Paint’s success is owed to its ability to identify trends like this and to tweak its offerings.
“We started (the spray booth) just on a whim, and it’s the fastest growing thing we do,” says Schimnowski. “It’s all about adapting to your surroundings – being a small business, we can do that.”
Beyond the services it provides, the biggest differentiator for the local paint shop is the service it performs. “The family atmosphere,” describes Schimnowski, whose daughter Jennifer Fredrickson serves as general manager of the shop. “There’s a good feeling about that.”
Have a painting question or renovating dilemma? Just ask the staff at Western Paint, many of whom have decades under their belt responding to such queries.
They’ve faced just about every trial and tribulation, and will be your best bet if you’re looking to cut to the chase and leave somewhere without any doubts.
“This is my life. It’s all I’ve ever done,” explains Schimnowski, who’s been at the helm of Western Paint since he took over the role from his father in 1990.
“If people are looking for knowledge, they come to us.
“By the time you’re done here, you know what you’re doing – there’s no guessing.”