If I had a hammer
Well the main thing that the smaller stores have to their advantage is their staff. While in the big stores the staff are decently trained - they don't often have the same in depth knowledge and experience that the owners of these independent stores have. The staff in the larger stores also don't have the same time or inclination to have a good chat about what you are doing or advise about the best way to approach it.
Each customer was given a complete service, talked to about what they wanted to do and given help to choose the products that they needed - though one lady seemed to be only after a single nail - which sadly Pearson's is no longer able to provide, their nails now come in sealed mini packs.
Pearson's throughout most of its long life has been a decorators shop - specialising in paints, papers and pastes. Check out the photos above, they have dozens and dozens of different wallpapers. It feels a bit funny walking into the shop and seeing such a big choice in such a small area.
When I first moved back to the Southside a few years ago they were still predominately a decorators but slowly over the last few years they have started to widen their range as more customers came in looking for things and now the place is jammed to the gunnels with every DIY tool and apparatus that you can think of.
Within a minute of asking for the things I needed the extremely helpful shop assistant had buzzed all around the shop picking up different bits and bobs and I was able to get everything I needed. They really do sell tons, from yacht varnish to chalkboard paint, from drain cleaner to spirit levels.
I also had a nice chat about the history of the shop and about the old ironmongers that had been on the site before it.
Sadly due to my camera memory card going missing (pinched I think) it took me quite a few weeks to get round to writing up this post. Despite the delay, I've still only managed to finish two rooms - it always takes longer than you plan.
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