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Mural in action


We’re helping out an exciting art project in Portland! From their website:

Forest for the Trees is a not-for-profit public mural project in Portland, Oregon. The mural project promotes public visual expression; collaboration; and community engagement with contemporary art and the creative process. In August 2013, FFTT united seventeen artists from around the world to paint ten Portland murals.

This August, twenty local and international artists will come together for a week in Portland to paint more than a dozen pieces on public walls. FFTT aims to bring opportunity for local and visiting artists, and to share their gifts on a large public scale in Portland—a city already known as a creative hub and home to many talented artists.

Looking forward to seeing what will come of this project. If you look back on previous projects you’ll see the results can be fantastic!

To follow the progress and results, go to:


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 In case you actually need a reason to buy local… here are 10 for you


Guest Blog Post by Independent We Stand

Although once assumed to be doomed to the dustbin of history, independent businesses are showing remarkable signs of renewed vitality and resurgence as more and more consumers realize the power of buying locally. What began as a preference for locally produced goods and services has evolved into an entire movement that is gaining momentum and influencing consumers’ shopping habits nationwide. If you still need convincing, here are ten reasons* why shopping local is beneficial to your community:

1.       Local Character and Prosperity

Independent businesses are what make a community unique and desirable destinations for locals and tourists alike. Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

2.       Community Well-Being

Shopping local creates a sense of belonging in the community and encourages personal relationships between businesses, consumers and neighbors. Local business owners are also more likely to contribute to local causes. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses donate twice as much per employee to local charities than large businesses.

3.       Local Decision-Making

Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4.       Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy  

One of the main reasons shoppers prefer to spend their money locally is the economic benefits of doing so. According to Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association, Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than chain competitors.

 5.       Job and Wages

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 65% of all net new jobs over the past 15 years. Local businesses create more jobs and small business owners often value their employees more than larger companies. The loyalty between employee and employer that is somewhat extinct in the corporate world is still alive and well in independent businesses.

 6.       Entrepreneurship

Innovation breeds innovation, so the more unique independent businesses that exist in a community, the more likely other entrepreneurs are to put their ideas into fruition and open their own business. 

 7.       Public Benefits and Costs

Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

 8.       Environmental Sustainability  

Shopping local means not having to travel far to purchase goods and services, which in turn means less pollution. Plus, many small businesses make a concentrated effort to use green practices to become more environmentally sustainable.

 9.       Competition

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

 10.   Product Diversity

When you shop at an independently owned business, you’re more likely to find one-of-a-kind products that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Small business owners hand select the items they sell, which gives shoppers more options and a better variety to choose from.



Independent We Stand is a movement of locally owned businesses and people across the country dedicated to educating their communities about the importance – and strong economic benefits – of ‘buying local.’ Independent We Stand’s ‘buy local’ mission is sponsored by STIHL Inc., Chrysler Group, and Devoe Paint.  Each of these companies maintains a deep commitment to independent businesses through their dealer networks and business models.  As America’s oldest paint brand, Devoe has relied on independent businesses since 1754.  Devoe only sells its products through locally owned, independent businesses, rather than big-box chains.

To find and support locally owned businesses near you visit Independent We Stand and use the ‘local business search,’ or download the free mobile app for your iPhone or Android.

*Based on the Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance


Push Leg, a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization, is a small Portland-based physical theater company.

About the Play:

Nighthawks, was inspired by the fusion of Edward Hopper’s paintings and Push Leg’s unique style, which combines dance, theatre, and clown to create original performances. Nighthawks is both intimate and epic. It is the story of a small town diner and the eccentric cast of locals whose lives and longings are the grit American dreams are made of.

With the inspiration of some of Hopper’s paintings and an assembly of an incredible team of designers to help craft the world of this piece. Drawing from the architecture and the colors in the paintings, it was a unique and exciting challenge to bring a sense of Hopper’s classical works to the stage.

The use of color, through paint, was a featured part of the design. Miller Paint is happy to be able to help contribute to community projects like this one when we can.

Here are some photos of a recent shoot of Nighthawks. Congratulations on a successful show and a beautiful set!



Nighthawks 2


Nighthawks 3


Nighthawks 4


Nighthawks 5


Nighthawks 6


I was recently driving south on highway 99 towards Oregon City, When I caught a good view of the Arch Bridge and I knew that it was going to reopen soon.  The bridge had been closed for almost two years for repairs.  The Arch Bridge between Oregon City and West Linn was painted with a special paint from Miller Paint.


On its reopening there were three days of celebration…

The people, who used the bridge every day, could use it once again. Their lives could return to normal.  All of the shops that were hit hard due to the closure can now have their customers back. You knew the good times were coming back, with most of the hard work being done, and a fresh coat of paint on the bridge.

The bridge is like our own paint projects. You could be building a new home, adding on an addition to your existing home, or you could just be changing the color of a room.  When you get to the painting part of your project, it is almost complete.

All the hard work is finished. You will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor and get back to life again.

With everything looking great and a fresh coat of paint, the best is yet to come.


~Merle Rowland


Our Kearney Store Manager and I were recently allowed on set at the new NBC series Grimm.  If you haven’t had a chance to check this one out, enjoy detective/suspense shows a la CSI or NCIS and maybe like a little fantasy as well, then you certainly should!  (video)

Grimm is being shot exclusively in Portland. Even better,  they’re not going to hide the fact that they’re in Portland! It is always cool to see us on TV with other shows such as Leverage and Free Agent,  but it’ll be even better to see locally recognizable places such as McMenamin’s without it being disguised.

Miller Paint is the primary supplier for paint and coatings on the Grimm set.  And let me tell you, it is AMAZING what they can do with our products!  Yes, of course, the painted walls and colors all look great.  But what’s more amazing is all the faux wood graining.  2×4’s are wood grained and then coated with a shellac mix to give it near perfect look.  Even as I was walking through the set, the trim in the houses looked nearly identical to the craftsman homes of the Portland area that have 80 year old timbers in them.

NBC's Grimm Used Miller Paint To Create Amazing Sets

And the sets themselves – what else can I say but WOW!  While it wasn’t my first time on a filming set, the details and appearances are always amazing.  From the morgue, to the police station, to the airstream trailer, it’s always just astounding to see something that looks so realistic when filmed turn out to be a bunch of 2×4’s and plywood.  Talk about the power of paint and decorating…not to mention the incredible skills of the set designers!

It was great to see 30+ cans of Miller Paint sitting on their shelves, waiting to be used later.  The entire crew is proud to be local and buying local.  One of the set painters we met was even a former painter for one of our bigger customers!  Small world, huh!

Our tour guide for the day, Scenic Lead Jo Brown, was quick to point out just how appreciative the entire crew is for the opportunity to work for what looks like a show with some real potential, and how much of that opportunity was because of Oregon’s Filming Incentive.  Without getting too political, this seems like a great program and we’re happy to be on the receiving end of the business.  In the end, all I know is that when you buy local, hire local, and take advantage of what the Northwest has provided us, you can’t go wrong!

Dan – Marketing