Par Paint

Best Paint Shops, November 2009
An outsize fire-engine-red door marks the entrance to Par Paint. The shop stocks everything from the more affordable varieties of Pratt & Lambert ($17 to $39 a gallon) to the costlier Fine Paints of Europe ($39 a quart). The extensive inventory includes the LEED-approved AFM Safecoat line as well as nontoxic supplies like caulk, cleaners, and tools made of recycled materials. DIY-ers, take note: The place closes at 2:30 on Saturdays (and like most paint stores is closed Sundays). With three staff members on hand at all times, there isn’t usually a wait, no matter when you go.