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calls to help with window treatments, so he gets a view into people's lives that others don't get.

"Our industry changes every day," he said. 'You have to stay on top of it."

"You get some gratification out of that, but I don't make a big deal out of it," he said. "We're doing it to help, not just to get the name out there."

"We do a lot of helping and a lot of fixing," said store employee Chris, who wouldn't give his last name.

Uliano said he also donates paint and supplies to schools and community groups that need it.

"It was a tough couple of years just making sure everything got done," he said. "My number one goal for the future of the store would be to weather the storm and bring it back to the way it used to be."

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Uliano said part of the reason is that he's working hard, and he's diversified what the store sells. Over the years, he said, he's added flooring, and he's redecorated and expanded the store.

"We've done a lot of renovation to the store over the last eight years," he said.

Uliano said he used have eight employees, and now has four, but would like to see the store get busier.

He said the store is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year it was founded in 1941 and he's hoping to host a re grand opening in the fall.

Recently, he said, the store started stocking flooring options, as well as a variety of window treatments. The store is also one of a few in the area that stocks a large variety of wallpaper.

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MIDDLETOWN Through economic ups and downs and numerous trends in interior decorating, National Paint and Wallpaper on Washington Street is still going strong.

Michael Uliano, the store's owner, is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the store this summer.

"The big box stores have something to do with it," he said. "Things are different today."

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Still, he said, the job is fun so much fun that the customers notice it too. A customer who stopped in last week Cheap Nike Uptempo Shoes

Along with the economy, he said, changes in building materials have decreased the need for exterior paint. Though people are still painting their interior walls as often as they ever have, he said, the availability of vinyl decking and siding mean that they do less outside work.

´╗┐Celebrating 30 years at National Paint in Middletown

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It started as a summer job in 1981, when Uliano was in college. Over time, he said, he found that he liked working in the store, and decided to stick with it. In 2000, he said, he bought the business from his former owner, and bought out another partner in 2005.

store to mix the paint.

Because technology and safety standards are constantly changing, he said, there's a lot more to his job than just handing over cans of paint.

Uliano said "the true paint store" is disappearing.

Business was difficult for the past two years, Uliano said, but this year has been better. He said while the economy still isn't as good as it once was, it seems to be rebounding. And even in a slump, he said, people still need paint. Since people are less likely to sell their homes or travel during a depressed economy, he said, they often turn their efforts toward redecorating.

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Uliano has become a well known figure in the community through his job. Many people, he said, with a laugh, know him as "Mike National Paint," but don't Nike Vapormax Gold And Black know his real name.

remarked, "You guys have a good time when you're working."

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In recent years, Uliano said, many paint stores have been forced to shut down because of the faltering economy. But, he said, National Paint and Wallpaper is still chugging along.

Being well known in a small city like Middletown, he said, can have its pitfalls. Walking down the street or shopping for groceries, he said, people come up and start asking for decorating advice. Once, he said, a man on a motorcycle made some calls to find out where Uliano would be on his day off, and then showed up on a motorcycle at the picnic Uliano was attending, explaining that he desperately needed paint. Uliano obliged, and opened the Nike Air More Uptempo Olympic For Sale

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And, because he's selling work, not recreation, "Every single thing is potential problem."

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