Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

September 9, 2013

Paint grant a blessing for first year store

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat

emann@pvdemocrat.com — One person’s coat of paint will soon turn out to be another’s blessing as Pauls Valley business owner Staci Roberts found out recently through the generosity of both a friend and a statewide beautification program.

It was only weeks ago this summer when Roberts was approached by Main Street PV Director Samantha Robb with a proposal for Klutter Bugz to be submitted for one of this year’s candidates for the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Fresh Paint Days Grant.

Now she’s not only excited to be chosen, but was also eager to share how much it meant to have pretty much everything except the volunteers donated toward bringing a new look to the sign that used to adorn the Swap Shop.

“That will be a huge help, a tremendous blessing… It’s going to have a good, clean look,” said Roberts, noting how the plan is to blast the old paint off and go from there with the new. “We’re just excited about it.”

The spot along McClure Avenue has always been special to Roberts and her business partner and mother Linda Seabolt, going back to when they rented space there in the old flea market. The name came from when her sister had a shop called the same thing and it only seemed appropriate when the space became available for them to buy and remodel back in the spring.

The overall look for the sign will be repainted in a cream color with green paint for the trim as well as the letters and even include a bug in the design suggested by Robb.

The plan is to try and have it completed by the end of the month with the help of family, some of the vendors and volunteers from Main Street.

“When she closed they drove my mom crazy because they love the kind of stuff we did,” said Roberts, noting how they would be asked when they would reopen a shop with the name again.

“That will really get people’s attention… I think it’s going to make a huge difference on how this building looks.”

Both sides of the sign will bear the new look and Roberts said once that is done, future plans are to get the rustic star arrow beneath it lit up as they recently began work so new bulbs could be inserted in it. It is expected to only attract more people who want to rent spaces where there is a long waiting list to sell everything from furniture to antiques and clothes.

“It has just taken off,” said Roberts. “We’ve got 21 booths; have a waiting list of 40 people.”

“The Light” youth ministries, relocated just down the block from where it was held on Charles Street in King’s Kids, is the other building that will also get a new look from the grant.