A mutual love of the paint business brought Sue Kay and Allandale Decorating Centre together in 1995. The Decorating Centre had been open 5 years when Larry Gottschalk, the Benjamin Moore Sales Representative for Central Ontario chose the store as his new direction in his lifelong journey in the paint world. He has a shared vision with Sue Kay, an artist and colour consultant. Their vision was to bring interior decorating with professionals to the everyday paint consumer, for free. Seven days a week, the paint consumer could fully experience the benefits of an interior decorator simply assuring the correct colouir is purchased. In creating this experience it would be so overwhelmingly successful the consumer would never consider a paint project going any other way.
Visioneers are qualified interior decorating or design graduates and pass a 2 year apprenticeship under Sue Kay to fully understand the fundimental and emotional impact of colour decisions. Today, Allandale Decorating Centre sells Benjamin Moore, Para Paints, wallpaper and drapery. Sue Kay has done online colour consultation all over the world and has done over ten thousand home colour consultations.
Q&A with Sue Kay
Brands/Products you carry:- Benjamin Moore, Para, Sue Kay & Company Brand Paint, Brunelli Bedding, Katari Drapery and Crown Wallpaper books
How/When did you start your business?- Allandale Decorating and Sue Kay Designs started in 1995.
People are surprised to know: - Sue has appeared on HGTV. We are the leading colour consultants in Canada. Also, our team consists of scholarship winning georgian College graduates.
What inspired you to open? - A passion to put people at peace in their space by using the most creative ideas and affordable tools.
Where do you source your products? - Our three paint suppliers - Benjamin Moore, Para and Sue Kay (Canadian Made). We also have fantastic bedding and drapery panels at a really affordable price!
What's your favourite neighbourhood to shop in? - There are too many great shops in Barrie to isolate. I'm constantly being inpsired by Barrie's evolving face. I always try to shop locally and would love to see a 100 mile marketplace in Barrie!
What's your secret to success? - Listening - and delivering on the interpretation with an innovative inexpensive result.