PAINT Shop Family
mid 1950's Charles "Curly" Haynes opened The PAINT
Shop in a small building next door to the Post Office on Main
Street, in Old Saybrook. This was a natural evolution as Curly
had been born into a family of painting and decorating contractors.
Curly added to this heritage a sales oriented mind-set, in
addition to a large circle of friends in the area. This was
indeed the origin of the PAINT Shop Family. The first generation
included Curly, his brother Mark and Mark's wife Drusilla.
middle to late 60's Gene "Gene Sez"- Girdwood purchased
the business, bringing new blood into the PAINT Shop Family
along with a background centered primarily in the retail and
wholesale paint and decorating business. Gene had been active
in trade associations and had served as president of the Connecticut
PAINT Salesmen's Association. It was during this period that
art and custom framing departments were added to The PAINT
1976 a high school student appeared at The PAINT Shop seeking
a job as stock boy. Since he had not attained the age of 16,
it was not until March of 1977, immediately after his 16th
birthday that Andy Scott joined The PAINT Shop family.
learned the business from the ground up and in 1989 "Andy
Sez" purchased the business while still only 28 years
old and thus, a third generation of the PAINT Shop Family
continued the 'PAINT Shop Tradition' of providing expertise
to the friendly service which The PAINT Shop has provided
to the people all through the years.
owners among them have included two postmasters of local
Masonic Lodges, a founding member and two past presidents
of the local Exchange Club, and a past president of the
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce and have actively supported
many other local activities.