Paul Peszynski, founder of Paul’s & Sandy’s Too, started selling fruits and vegetables when he was just 16. His storefront was an old painted chicken coop that sat where the farm stand is today. His father took him to the regional farmer’s market to buy his first order of produce to sell. After that it was up to Paul to go to the market to purchase his inventory and man the stand.
Paul upgraded his storefront in 1970 when he and his wife Sandy opened Paul’s Home Supply in a brand-new building next door to the chicken coop farm stand. They filled the store’s shelves with toys, sporting goods and a few miscellaneous items, and officially became a year-round business. Led by customer’s requests, the store inventory grew over the next few years until they had a respectable hardware store within the store.
Seasonal produce continued to be a staple at the store, and Paul and Sandy maintained a connection with local growers. It was just a matter of time before a local farmer convinced them to buy a few flats of flowers to sell. Flower sales were so successful, Paul and Sandy eventually expanded again and built greenhouses to grow their own stock.
In 1988, “Paul’s” became “Paul’s & Sandy’s Too”. As the story goes, Paul was having a new sign made for the store and, as a joke, he asked the sign maker to put a little tag at the end that said, “and Sandy’s Too”. Customer response, which was typically “It’s about time!”, couldn’t be ignored. The name was legally changed, giving Sandy her rightful equal billing.