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How to Run a Successful Paint Shop - Ray and Diane Donahue

Ray & Diane Donahue / Peninsula Paint Co.

Ray and Diane Donahue know their paint!  This West Sound couple, who call Kingston, Washington home, own five paint stores.  Their stores range from Gig Harbor to Bainbridge Island, under the moniker of Peninsula Paint Co.

Their firm has 27 employees, including the Ray and Diane, and have an exclusive, sole-source relationship with Benjamin Moore & Co.

The Donahues built their small chain through a few timely mergers and acquisitions, and a laser-sharp focus on their customer base.Ray has been quoted saying, “We’re the premier paint destination on the peninsula.”

As a bit of history, Ray and Diane started their business in 2004 in partnership with friends. Together, they purchased part of a small chain of independent paint stores ran by a Seattle-based subsidiary of Benjamin Moore.At the time, they acquired stores in Poulsbo, Port Townsend and Sequim that were being run as Lovell Paint and Decorating out of Seattle, and then formed Peninsula Paint.

The Donahues have made their business and marriage work by dividing and conquering. Ray handles the sales and marketing aspects of their company, while Diane focuses on the operations end.

Ray and Diane have not hesitated to give back. The company is a member of most Kitsap chambers of commerce, and they annually support any number of fundraising galas, as well as donating paint to numerous nonprofits.

Company Websites/Contact Information: and
Website:Home – Peninsula Paint Co.
: (20+) Peninsula Paint Company | Facebook
Article: or at WSMAG.NET | Small Business Series — Peninsula Paint Centers | Featured, People & Places | February 8, 2021 | WestSound Magazine



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