The Queen Of Paint: How Paula Blankenship Is Building Innovative DIY Products

Entrepreneur Paula Blankenship grew up in Oneida, Tennessee spending considerable time working in her family’s retail furniture business before becoming a commercial interior designer working on New York and the East Coast for several years. During the economic crisis that began in 2008, Blankenship got the idea to develop and market a chalk based paint after years of observing how difficult and tedious it was for typical consumers to take on do-it-yourself home improvements projects such as refinishing cabinets or dressers using traditional paint. Following the recession, Blankenship co-founded Louisville, KY based Heirloom Traditions Paints, starting as a single Mom selling pints of paint on eBay out of her kitchen while her teenage son helped her package orders for shipping after coming home from school.  Since many consumers were uncomfortable with prepping surfaces in refinishing jobs due to inexperience, lack of expertise, or busy schedule, Heirloom Traditions introduced its Finish All and All-In-One paint lines, which allow projects to be done with little or no surface prepping as a result of containing primer and was. As a result, the consumer is able to just clean off a...

Five Below to open esports gaming centers in stores

Trendy Philadelphia retailer Five Below expects to have a new attraction in some of its stores by this time next year: esports gaming centers. The esports pilot will begin small — several stores in 2020 — but with the potential for Five Below to expand the number if the concept is popular. To do it, Five Below is partnering with Nerd Street Gamers, the Philadelphia-based developer of training and competition facilities for esports. Five Below CEO Joel Anderson said Thursday that there are about 100 Five Below stores with excess space for the 3,000-square-foot centers with 30 to 50 personal computers for video gaming. A traditional Five Below store has 8,500 square feet. The chain, with 750 stores and $1.6 billion in revenue in 2018, targets teen and tween shoppers, and even younger ones. One of the featured products on its website on Wednesday was the Toilet Time Golf Game for $5. “Entertainment and making a store a place where you can have fun is what we are all about,” Anderson said, noting that the brick-and-mortar stores had to distinguish themselves from online retailers. John Fazio, chief executive at Nerd Street Gamers, said that Five Below esports centers “will be open ...

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