Paul and Sandy's TooWalking Tour
CHS Walking Tour
September 15th 2018 @ 3:00
The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a walking tour of Paul’s and Sandy’s, Too Garden Center at 93 East High St. in East Hampton on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00pm
Visitors will learn the history of the garden center and tour its stores, greenhouses, Pumpkintown USA, and get a wagon ride tour of the center’s property. The walk is sponsored East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.
This year marks 45 years in business for Paul’s & Sandy’s Too Inc., East Hampton’s 2nd generation Garden Center & Hardware Store. In 1972, Paul & Sandy Peszynski opened a toy and sporting goods store with a sprinkling of home and garden supplies and named it Paul’s Home Supply, located at 93 East High St, East Hampton, the same property that Paul sold fresh fruits & vegetables during his summers to pay for his college tuition as a young man.
As the years passed, Paul & Sandy found that the demand for toys and sporting goods declined, but the need for home and gardening supplies soared, and the transition to green goods and hardware was a natural. In 1984, Paul & Sandy decided to incorporate the business, so along with that, a name change was due. There were always customer questions as to why Sandy’s name wasn’t included in the name of the business, and Paul’s & Sandy’s Too Inc. was born! Paul and Sandy have 4 children, Mark, Jill, Dan & Karen. Mark runs his own successful painting and home repair business, Mark’s Painting. Jill, Dan and Karen stayed with the family business to help it grow and succeed.
In 1991, during one of their road trips to Vermont, Paul & Sandy came across these pumpkin-headed scarecrows along the side of the road. It stopped them in their tracks. They took pictures and their wheels started turning! What a fantastic way to drive some business in the fall, a time generally slow in the garden center business.
In 1992, the creation of what is now known as Pumpkintown USA was started. First came a few pumpkin-headed people, then the town we all know and love. Most recently added, The ‘Ride’ at Pumpkintown, features a mile long hay ride through the woods with over 30 additional Pumpkin Heads and their dwellings. This local attraction hosts over 20,000 people during the short 7 weeks it is open from the middle of September through Halloween.
In 1993, when Sandy’s breast cancer returned, they decided it was time to fully pass the torch to the children so they could enjoy retirement together. Jill, Dan
& Karen took the reins and ran with them, finding strengths in all aspects of the business and working together to increase sales and their customer following. They took the values instilled in them by their parents, Paul & Sandy, about superior customer service and how important it is to give back to the community that supports them.
In May of 2007, Sandy lost her long battle with breast cancer and although the family was devastated, decided to create a fund in her name. The Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation was created and to date has raised over $325,000. This foundation differs from others as 100% of what is donated goes directly to the hospital’s cancer programs to help local women.