DEERFIELD, NH – A small painting company in New England is making a big splash. They’ve been family-owned-and-operated for decades, but the demand for house painting has stretched them thin.
“Our reputation as a family-run business is real important to us. That’s the way we’ve always done things, and we’ll do what it takes to keep it that way.”
Martin S. is the owner of Shoemaker & Sons Painting. He wears a flannel jacket over a flannel shirt, over a New England Patriots jersey. “Trouble is, it’s gettin’ wicked hard to handle all the jobs comin’ in.”
In order to keep up with the growing demand for house painting, Martin and his wife Gertrude have come up with a solution… adopt.
“It’s a little weird,” says Josh Shoemaker, who was recently hired into the family and required to change his last name.
He sits on a chair in the den, munching on apple slices dipped in peanut butter, a snack provided by Gertrude between jobs. “The pay and benefits are great, for sure. But I mean, the bunkbeds and family dinners are a little much.”
Brian Shoemaker, the newest family member, is less thrilled. “I needed a job, but man. I’m real tired of getting grounded every time I step out for a smoke.”
Martin has high hopes for the company’s future. “With four new boys in the family, Shoemaker & Sons is in wicked good shape for the coming season!”
He sips from a Bud Lite inside a Red Sox koozie. “Heck, we might have to build some new bunkbeds soon!”