> Out and About: Michael D. Srokowski, Owner of Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Center

Out and About: Michael D. Srokowski, Owner of Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Center

Out and About: Michael D. Srokowski, Owner of Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Center
Interviewed by Tracy Rotkiewicz
Photo by Michael Taylor

Michael D. Srokowski is the owner and third generation of Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Center Inc. His grandfather, Vincent started the business in 1950, where it grew and has continued to thrive to this very day. Michael's father, Michael S. Srokowski rejoined his father's painting business after graduating from college. From that point on, Michael S. became a main fixture in Windsor, joining various community programs and a staple at town meetings. He became president for the Chamber of Commerce from 1966-1967. In later years he would be contracted to paint the Chamber when they relocated to Broad St. As Michael's business and name grew, so did the interest in one of his four children, Michael D, who did small jobs in the store at a young age. He went along with his dad to various project sites "With crews," Michael says. "They always worked in crews."

When walking inside Wilson Paint, you will be personally greeted by Michael D. Srokowski himself. That's probably why this place has endured with six-plus decades and three generations. Things have changed though. Michael saw a change in the retail market in more recent years that made him come to a decision that would both be financially beneficial and keep the business opened. He changed the clientel of Wilson Paint. They now work with contractors exclusively, which is better in the long run. Many small shops in this line of work have gone out of business due to the interest of big box stores with the many departments that serve home owners. Michael has been determined to stay faithful to the family's business. "I've been brought up in it. It's the only job I've had all my life," he says. At one time there were as many as a hundred and fifty workers. Those numbers are now five, which he is content with. Michael has done plenty of contractual work here in Windsor, and for various schools in surrounding towns. How does he get business since the change from retail? It's the old-fashioned way. "Word of mouth," Michael says.

A life-long Windsor resident, Michael attended Roger Wolcott School, L.P. Wilson, and graduated from Windsor High in 1972. He is married and has two sons. Michael's favorite hobby is golf. He's been playing since he was twelve years old. As for the family business and retirement? Michael says, "I have no clue and I haven't even been thinking about it." No other family member has expressed interest taking it over in future years. But, the idea of somebody else loving the business as much as him, his father, and grandfather is not out of the question. They should be about small business, not corporate. "We need more small businesses like mine to be supported."

Words that best describe Michael: Knowledge, Time, Experience

Wilson Paint is located at 360 Wind


Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Centre Inc.
Wilson Paint & Wallpaper Centre Inc.
Contact: Michael Srokowski
360 Windsor Avenue | 860-527-0360
Windsor, CT 06095
wilsonpaintinc@gmail.com


Events

Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Jan 21 at Windsor Town Hall Council Chambers
Learn to Crochet
Jan 22 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 23 at Windsor Public Library
Middle School Open House
Jan 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor, CT 06095
Networking with South Windsor
Jan 23 at Pete's CARSTAR, 459 John Fitch Blvd (rt 5), South Windsor
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Jan 23 at Windsor High School J113
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 24 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 24 at Windsor Senior Center
All Day Happy Hour Fridays
Jan 25 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Book Babies
Jan 25 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Jan 25 at Clover Family Resource Center
Meet the Executive Director!
Jan 25 at Chamber office, 261 Broad St, Windsor CT 06095
Tai Chi for Beginners--55 & Older
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 25 at Windsor Senior Center
First Windsor FTC Qualifier
Jan 26 at Windsor high school gym
Prime Rib Buffet
Jan 26 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Downton Abbey Inspired Tea
Jan 27 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 28 at Windsor Public Library
Tai Chi Intermed & Advanced-Seniors
Jan 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Jan 29 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 30 at Windsor Public Library
Taco Bar Thursdays
Jan 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Yoga--55 & Older
Jan 31 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 1 at Windsor Public Library
Comedy Club hosted by WJWC
Feb 1 at Skyline Restaurant 106 Ella Grasso Turnpike Windsor Locks, CT
Craft Beer & Tavern Games!
Feb 1 at Windsor Historical Society
Free Playgroup
Feb 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 6 at Windsor Public Library
National Frozen Yogurt Day
Feb 6 at 1095 Kennedy Road Ste, 7B Windsor, CT 06095
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Feb 7 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 7 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Grown up game night at the Bean
Feb 9 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Feb 11 at Windsor Public Library
Editing Videos on your smart phone
Feb 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Learn to Crochet
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 12 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 13 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Feb 13 at Spare Time
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Lover's Lobster Dinner
Feb 14 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 14 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Windsor Feud
Feb 16 at Windsor Town Hall
Open Skate at Loomis Ice Rink
Select Sundays at Loomis Chaffee Ice rink
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Oscar Nominee Series
Feb 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Feb 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Feb 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Macrame Plant Hanger Workshop
Feb 21 at Windsor Public Library
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 21 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Feb 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Feb 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Book signing David Kantrowitz
Feb 23 at House of Books and Games
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays of the month at The Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street, Windsor CT 06095
Monday Morning Book Club
Feb 25 at Windsor Public Library
Gut Health
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Feb 26 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 27 at Windsor Public Library
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Feb 27 at Windsor High School J113
Yoga--55 & Older
Feb 28 at Windsor Senior Center
Book Babies
Mar 1 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 1 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 1 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jolly Beggars
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 5 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 6 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday unless noted
Little Picassos
Mar 7 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 8 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 8 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 8 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
RPG Sale!
Mar 9 at House of Books and Games
Taste of Windsor
Mar 9 at Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Cut the Cord
Mar 11 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 12 at Windsor Public Library
Portugal Travel Presentation
Mar 12 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office
Social Media 101 for your nonprofit
Mar 12 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 13 at Windsor Public Library
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Book Babies
Mar 15 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 15 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 15 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Memory Savers
Mar 16 at Windsor Public Library
The Breakfast Club & Brunch All Day
Sundays at The Tavern at Keney Park, 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Mar 19 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Mar 19 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mondays & Wednesdays at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 20 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Mar 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Little Picassos
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Memory Savers
Mar 21 at Windsor Public Library
Book Babies
Mar 22 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Mar 22 at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 22 at Windsor High School Cafeteria