Thanks to everyone for their considered (and considerate) replies to my questions about paint and hobby shop likes/dislikes. Exceptionally thought-provoking, and some great shop ideas I'll definitely use. Same for the paint question -- there's nothing like user input to offset marketing BS!
We closed on the shop at 2:30 this afternoon (seems like a birth announcement...); now if we can just make it through the holidays with our heads above water, I think we'll be OK.
As for a discount for r.m.s. members, absolutely! I'd be delighted for anyone visiting the fabulous Connecticut shoreline (the Arctic Riviera!) to stop in (16 W. Main St., Clinton, CT), whisper the r.m.s. secret password ("Dan's Mon-kee"), and I'll give you a 10% discount -- maybe more if I'm in a good mood.
Thanks again, and if anyone has further suggestions or ideas, I'd be most appreciative.
Bart Brown Wings & Wheels Hobbies