Dorothy Stevenson, of Stevenson’s Paint Store, will soon retire after more than four decades, and recently passed the proverbial paint brush on to new owners.
Stevenson’s Paint Store, located at 606 North Main St. in Leitchfield, was purchased by husband and wife Steve and Johnnie Williams, whom took over the store this month.
Johnnie Williams will take over the day-to-day operations of the business, renamed The Paint Store, after Stevenson retires in the next two or three weeks.
Until that time, Stevenson will be on hand to help prepare the Williams for taking over the store, but she said she is leaving The Paint Store in very capable hands with Johnnie Williams.
“Johnnie will be so awesome in here,” Stevenson said. “She’s picking up really quickly.”
Dorothy Stevenson and her husband, Ted, began working at The Paint Store exactly two weeks after they were married almost 46 years ago.
Preacher Carmen Cann married the Stevensons and told them that, as long as they stayed married, he would accept no payment for doing so.
Two weeks later, Carmen Cann asked the Stevensons to come work for him and his wife, Johanna, in their paint shop—what is now The Paint Shop.
“We were married two weeks and have been here ever since,” Dorothy Stevenson said. “I started when I was 20.”
Later, Dorothy and Ted Stevenson took over The Paint Store themselves, and Dorothy Stevenson has run it ever since.
Dorothy Stevenson said she believes the secret to her business’s longevity has been her willingness to go the extra mile for her customers, as well as the “old country store’s” charm.
“God’s been good to me,” Dorothy Stevenson said. “He’s blessed me so much in my life.”
Dorothy Stevenson said she is happy that husband and wife business partners are taking over The Paint Store and carrying on the tradition of the Canns and the Stevensons.
After retiring from The Paint Store, Dorothy Stevenson said she will spend more time with her family and has also considered doing volunteer work, possibly at the local hospital.
She said that though she knows it’s time for her to retire, the moment is bittersweet for her because she will miss all of the people who come and go through her store.
“It’s all been good here,” said Dorothy Stevenson of her time at The Paint Store. “I hate to go…but I know it’s time.”
She wished to thank, first and foremost, God, and also her family: Ted; her daughter, Tiffany; son-in-law, Ben; and grandson, Jackson.
“My whole family [is] the backbone to me,” Dorothy Stevenson said. “We’ve always been there for each other.”
The Paint Store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at 270-259-3231.
“We sure hope that everybody continues to come in,” said Dorothy Stevenson.