When I was growing up, we had a “Sherwin-Williams” store in Sayre. When I moved to Indiana, I saw the “Sherwin-Williams Paints” store. For craft projects I was working on, I would use “Oops” paint that was available. While there, I would share jokes and riddles with the employees. Over time, when I took a closer look at the signs in the windows, I could not resist asking different questions of the manager and/or his crew about business in general. Being a “Visual” person, I had humorous questions.
My first question was: How much does Mr. Williams charge? They had no idea what I was asking, but when I stated that “the sign” says: Sherwin-Williams Paints. Paints is a verb, so what does he charge?
Another question was in regards to the company’s financial wellbeing. On the left side of the window, the sign says: We rent Powerwashers & Sprayers. I wondered if money was an issue because I thought they could afford to buy that type of equipment for their customers to rent.
Another observation was in regards to the hanging sign to the right of the doors. I said that the sign was incorrect. They did not understand what I meant, but when I said that the sign was actually a “Neon Sign” and not “Wall Paper,” then they got it.
A few months later, I made a sign out of all different actual wall paper and brought it to the store as a gift. They made me sign the back of it. The manager and staff had a surprise for me the next time I came to the store. They actually have my Wall Paper sign hanging on the wall in the store.