In 1943, Henry Leathers and Clark Douglas established a Pratt & Lambert paint store at 430 South Burdick Street in downtown Kalamazoo. After World War II ended, Henry moved away and Clark and his teenage son, Jerry, continued the business as Douglas & Son. In 1957, Clark and his wife Doris added a storefront to their family home at 231 West Cedar Street and moved the business to that location, where it remains to this day. Soon after the business moved, Clark passed away, leaving the business for Jerry and his mother to run.
In 1965, Jerry hired Rodger Storteboom to do janitorial, stocking and delivery work in the store. Rodger worked there throughout his college years at Western Michigan University. In 1969, with a degree in Marketing, he was drafted and sent to Vietnam. Rodger returned from the war, injured and weak, but Jerry Douglas gave him back his job. After regaining his strength and managing the store for several years, Rodger purchased the business on his 40th birthday in 1986. Now, after many years of working in the business alongside the paint veterans at Douglas & Son, his step-son, Jason Morris, serves as the store manager.
Douglas & Son has evolved into your leading source for paint and decorating products in Southwest Michigan. We provide products and services for homeowners, painters, designers, contractors, hospitals, school systems, commercial and manufacturing businesses. We are proud members of Home Builders Association of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce, and we are the only paint and wallpaper store to be a member of Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo. Douglas & Son is also a member of Allpro Corporation, the largest buying group for independent paint stores in the country. This gives us access to the latest trends in the paint and decorating business and allows us to offer competitive pricing on our products.
Douglas and Son was founded as a Pratt & Lambert store, but over time, we have added the paint lines of Benjamin Moore, California, and Pittsburgh. With two large warehouses, we offer more product choices than anyone in the area. We also have a design center with one of the largest wallpaper book libraries in the Midwest, custom window treatments, and state-of-the-art Color Centers featuring colors from each of our 4 paint lines. Most important, we have an experienced, professionally trained staff that takes color matching to a new level. At Douglas & Son, we use our unsurpassed knowledge in the paint and decorating industry to offer our customers the best products and services, including professional advice, precise custom paint and stain matching, and color consultations.
While Douglas & Son has progressed over the years and invested in the latest technology, we still believe in offering our customers old-fashion customer service. Our store was founded on the principle that quality paint is a wise investment, and we still operate on that principle today. Getting the right paint for your job and the correct advice about its application is one of the best and most cost effective values in home improvement. We take the time to talk with you and direct you to the best choices for your job.
Make Douglas & Son your destination paint store. We are centrally located in Kalamazoo county and provide ample, free store-side parking. Come and help us celebrate our 75th year Anniversary this year and let us help you get your creative juices flowing!