Car­bon­ear paint shop closes its doors

Owner says de­ci­sion came from a want to ex­pe­ri­ence more of life

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Af­ter nearly four decades of busi­ness, one Car­bon­ear busi­ness owner is ready to move on.

On April Fool’s Day in 1981, Ivan’s Paint Shop – owned and op­er­ated by Ivan His­cock — moved from within the walls of the Car­bon­ear mall to a new lo­ca­tion on Wa­ter Street, where the busi­ness could op­er­ate from its own build­ing. Since then, the shop has be­come a sta­ple of busi­ness on Wa­ter Street, with a lengthy lifes­pan, and plenty of fond me­mories.

Shel­don His­cock, Ivan’s son, has been there for the en­tire jour­ney, start­ing from the be­gin­nings of the shop, right up to its re­cent clo­sure. In 2001, when Ivan passed away, Shel­don took it upon him­self to pick up where his fa­ther left off, tak­ing over the busi­ness to see his fa­ther’s hard work live on.

“You do what you have to do, you know? It was hard, and tak­ing that on meant I had to learn a lot of new things, do a lot of new things, and just ad­just to things I’d never re­ally done be­fore, and I had to do it quickly,” Shel­don said. “Things like do­ing the book­keep­ing and all those parts of the busi­ness? I never re­ally did much with that be­fore­hand, but then I had to jump right into it. There was a learn­ing curve, and I was a bit fear­ful at first, for sure. But, that’s what needed to be done.”

How­ever, the shop con­tin­ued to pros­per over the years, and Shel­don spoke fondly of the past 17-years he’s spent run­ning the shop on Wa­ter Street.

“Plenty of great, great me­mories there. It be­came a place for peo­ple to just drop by and have a chat, and have a laugh. Al­most every day I had peo­ple com­ing through, and it was al­ways a good time,” he said, not­ing in par­tic­u­lar that it was a fairly com­mon oc­cur­rence for peo­ple to stop by sim­ply to have a gan­der at the old ’52 Buick he kept parked out­side. “Of course, not ev­ery­thing about it was per­fect, but those are the me­mories I’ll al­ways cher­ish. The good days. The fun days.”

Now, 37-years since ini­tially open­ing up, Shel­don has de­cided the shop’s time is up. How­ever, this de­ci­sion did not come from a place of mal­ice or ne­ces­sity, but rather a place of con­tent­ment.

“I just felt like it was time. I needed a change – some­thing dif­fer­ent. The op­por­tu­nity arose to sell the build­ing, and so I took it,” said Shel­don, who has yet to take a break, or va­ca­tion, the en­tire time he’s worked at the shop. “I’ve never re­ally had the chance to go and ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing new, or any­thing dif­fer­ent.

“Now, I can do that, and that’s pretty much the jist of it. I don’t re­ally know what ex­actly it is I want to go out and do, but at least I have the chance to do that now. The time for that part of my life has fi­nally come.”

CHRIS LEWIS – THE COM­PASS

Ivan’s Paints boasted a 37-year lifes­pan, lo­cated on Wa­ter Street in Car­bon­ear since 1981.

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