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Spotlight On Local Paint Dealers: RK Miles in Manchester, VT

Posted on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 08:07 PM

As part of California Paints' commitment to excellence, our products are sold by independent dealers. This guarantees that when you purchase our products, you will be helped by high quality paint experts who can tell you how to create beautiful, unique spaces.

This new series of features will help you get to know your local California Paints dealers while learning some of their favorite painting techniques and ideas. 

Today's spotlight falls on RK Miles, a building materials and home improvement store established in 1940. RK Miles has locations in Vermont and Massachusetts, with the flagship store in beautiful Manchester Center, Vermont, where we'll meet our interviewee.


Name: Linda Lynch
Position: Manager of Manchester Center's RK Miles Paint & Decorating Store
Hometown: Randolph, Vermont
Favorite Sports Team: The New England Patriots

  1. What makes RK Miles different than other home improvement stores?
    Experienced, knowledgeable staff and our outstanding customer service. We build relationships with our customers--our employees have been here for a long time--our customers trust us to help them make the right decisions. 
  2. What is the number one question customers come into the store about?
    Color coordinating, as well as what are the right products to put on the deck versus on the exterior of the house. 

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  3. What is your favorite California Paint color?
    Kookaburra Licorice.
  4. People often want to improve their kitchens, but the cost and effort may prevent them from doing so. What are some quick, easy, and low-budget ways to make changes?
    Update color whether it be on the cabinets or on the walls and do a simple backsplash-- we like Aspect Metal Peel and Stick Tiles. Or a different color paint to create a backsplash over the counter using a different color than the walls and cabinets. 
  5. What is your favorite room in your home and why?
    Kitchen/living room because at night the walls just glow, creating a nice warm candlelight-like atmosphere. 
  6. What do you think is the most difficult color to work with? How would you approach it?
    Yellow. The best approach I have found is asking the customer about other colors in the room and the natural light in the space. 
  7. What are your favorite things about Manchester, Vermont?
    It is a small town where I know everyone-- we get a good mix of people in town because of the second homeowners in the area. That helps create more relationships. There are also a lot of different great schools to choose from. There is plenty to do here-- a great gem in town is the Southern Vermont Arts Center. We also have Robert Todd Lincoln's (son of Abraham Lincoln) Hildene Estate and more.
  8. From where do you gather your creative inspiration? 
    My co-workers. We all keep up on our areas of expertise and learn from each other! We are all passionate about our jobs, so we love to collaborate whenever possible.

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The Manchester RK Miles store is located on:
618 Depot Street
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255


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