Free paint available for business fronts from Farm & Home Hardware

By Jonathan Delozier -

Are you a downtown business owner who’s thinking of repainting your building? Farm & Home Hardware may be willing to lend a helping hand.

The downtown retailer has said it will supply paint to any business for the purpose of touching up building fronts, starting with Main Street Wellington’s “Paint the Town Proud” event that will put a new coat on Wellington Auto Parts, 123 East Herrick Ave.

A form to apply for the paint can be picked up at Main Street’s office on West Herrick Avenue.

“Ideally, the work will also be done as soon as possible but it definitely has to be done by May 1 in time for the bicentennial celebration,” said Main Street director Jenny Arntz.

Main Street is looking for volunteers to help with painting Wellington Auto Parts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27-30. Donations will also be accepted to go toward food and drinks for workers.

A growing number of empty storefronts and their deteriorating condition has become a hot button issue for Main Street and village officials. Main Street is hoping that fixing up one building will create a domino effect of other improvement projects.

Main Street design committee member Darlene Neptune has created a palette inspiration book to help owners find their preferred color combinations.

While eating at a North Olmsted restaurant, she noticed a mural on the wall depicting buildings in Olmsted Falls. “A few days later, I drove to Olmsted Falls, looked around and said, ‘Wellington can do this. We could look like this. Why not?’”

“Just because a building is historic it doesn’t have to be beige and boring,” said Arntz. “Darlene has provided samples that are attractive and could bring out special accents our buildings have.”

The palette book is available to view at Main Street’s office and will soon be posted on the organization’s website.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier