> 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

Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Monday Morning Book Club
Mar 25 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
HBG Book club
Mar 26 at The Bean
Learn to Crochet
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Legislative Dialogue
Mar 26 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Skin Health
Mar 26 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Mar 27 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Mar 27 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Wednesday Happy Hour
Mar 27 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Taco Thursday
Mar 28 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Fish Fry
Mar 29 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Mar 29 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Mar 29 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 29 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Women's History Month Movie Night
Mar 29 at Town Hall Council Chambers
$5 after 5pm
Mar 30 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Easterseals Annual Crystal Ball
Mar 30 at Hartford Marriott Downtown
Northwest Park Concert
Mar 30 at Northwest Park Nature Center 145 Lang Road Windsor CT
What is Art
Mar 30 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 30 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Observance and Remembrance Ceremony
Mar 31 at Town Hall Council Chambers
Windsor Youth Theatre: Hairspray!
Mar 31 at LP Wilson Community Center Auditorium
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Community Garden at Northwest Park
Apr 1 at Northwest Park & Nature Center, 145 Lang Road, Windsor, CT
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 2 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 3 at Windsor Public Library
Job Search in the Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford Airport
Job Search In The Digital Age
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 3 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 3 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Sharpen Networking/Interview Skills
Apr 3 at Marriott Windsor/Hartford, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Apr 3 at Windsor High School J113
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Free Genealogy Support Group
Apr 4 at Windsor Historical Society
Little Picassos
Apr 4 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 4 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 5 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 5 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Traditional and Modern Community Dan
Apr 5 at Windsor High School Cafeteria
Windsor Chamber Cares Auction
Apr 5 at Maneely's, 65 Rye St, South Windsor
Artifex Custom Gallery Art Showcase
Apr 6 at Nomads Adventure QUEST
Windsor 1942-1962 with Herb Hallas
Apr 6 at Windsor Historical Society
Art Opening Reception
Apr 7 at Town Hall
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Young Artist Watercolor Bootcamp
Apr 8 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 9 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 10 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Apr 10 at Sheraton, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 10 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Fish Fry
Apr 12 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
All Day Art
Apr 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Book Babies
Apr 12 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 13 at House of Books and Games
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Semi-annual Special Game Sale
Apr 14 at House of Books and Games
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Finding Your Dream Job
Apr 15 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Instagram for Small Business
Apr 16 at Windsor Community Television at LP Wilson Community Center
Jan's Sewing Hour
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 16 at Windsor Public Library
Windsor Diabetic Support Group
Apr 16 at LP Wilson Community Center, All Purpose One Room
Windsor Junior Woman's Club Meeting
Apr 16 at Union Street Tavern in Windsor Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 17 at Windsor Public Library
Progressive Whist Games--55 & Older
Apr 17 at Windsor Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 17 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Lions Easter Plant Sale
Apr 17 at Windsor Town Green
Little Picassos
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Seat of Our Pants
Apr 18 at Windsor Public Library
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Apr 18 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Fish Fry
Apr 19 at The Tavern at Keney Park.. 171 Windsor Avenue Windsor CT 06095
Book Babies
Apr 19 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Easter Brunch
Apr 21 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Monday Morning Book Club
Apr 22 at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Apr 23 at Windsor Public Library
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Apr 24 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Apr 24 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Babies
Apr 26 at Windsor Public Library
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Local Author Festival
Apr 27 at Windsor Public Library
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Anime/Manga Club
Last Mondays at Windsor Public Library
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Healthy Eating Tips
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Apr 30 at Windsor Public Library
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 1 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connections
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 2 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Business Expo
May 7 at GE, Belcan Corp & Quest
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 8 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
May 8 at Windsor High School J113
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Windsor Lions Craft Fair
May 11 at Windsor Town Greene
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Art Demonstration by Kara Bigda
May 14 at L.P. Wilson Community Center.
Stress Reduction Discussion Group
2nd and 4th Tuesday at 107 Palisado Ave, Windsor, CT 06095-2514
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 15 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
May 16 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Playgroup
Fridays at Clover Family Resource Center
Kiwanis Shad Derby Road Race
May 18 at Windsor Center
Boozy Brunch
Sundays in March at The Tavern at Keney Park
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Painting and Drawing 101 for Adults
Mondays at Windsor Art Center Studios
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Youth In Action 2018 - 2019
Tuesdays at 330 WIndsor Ave Community Center
Fencing Class
Mons & Weds at LP Wilson Community Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
May 22 at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT