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Tiny Clark Paint holding its own

2005-06-05 | Marcia Blomberg, Springfield Republican

Andrew M. Raker was just 18 when he left college to save the family business, a West Springfield paint factory that his grandfather had purchased in 1945. Raker took over Clark Paint & Varnish Co. in 1978 from his mother and grandmother, who had tried to hold things together at Clark after his grandfather ...

A Colorful Approach to Business

2013-07-02 | Elizabeth Taras,

Clark Paint & Varnish Endures In the Shadow of the Big Boxes In the 1960s, Andy Raker’s mother took a request to have a specific color of paint mixed for the set of the former StageWest theater (the predecessor to CityStage) to match the famous violet eyes of the star of the next show — acto ...

Tips from factory owner Andrew Raker: Quality paint makes it easy to color your world

2012-04-09 | Sarah Platanitis, MassLive

While the eagerly awaited season for team Do-It-Yourself has officially arrived, there are important things to consider before transforming a room with a fresh coat of paint. “Buying the wrong paint, picking the wrong colors, cutting corners and not having enough materials or tools are the most common m ...

Home sales and prices up in western Mass. in spring seller’s market

2016-04-26 | Kait Walsh, 22 News WWLP

Home sweet home: Buyers are on the hunt for one; owners don’t want to get rid of the one they have. That’s making for a slow spring housing market. ...