There’s a new store in town, replacing a loved old store. Andy’s Paint and Paper has been at 21714 W. Grant Highway in Marengo for 27 years, until owner Andy Nowakowski retired and sold the business. Brian and Gemma McGivney, long-time customers at Andy’s decided to buy the store and tweak it a bit. They reopened as Gemma’s Paint With Color at the same location on April 2.

“This opportunity fell into our laps, and we decided to take it,” says Gemma McGivney with enthusiasm. She is a trained color consultant and interior decorator. Her husband Brian is an “IT guy” who will manage the business end of things. The two are parents of three grown kids and have lived in Marengo for 14 years.

The store will remain a Benjamin Moore supplier. You will see familiar items as and a lot of new ones. “We are carrying many more painting supplies and sundries,” Gemma explains. They will also offer custom window treatments.

More surprising is the store’s expansion into a whole new line of products for swimming pools and spas—chemicals and maintenance supplies. They have even installed a sophisticated water tester for use by their regular customers.

The McGivneys are offering competitive prices and personal service. They hope you will remember the value of shopping locally.



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