Color Me Mine closes Rochester location

Devin Martin
Created: June 05, 2020 06:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Color Me Mine in Rochester is closing its doors permanently.

This decision was not easy for owner Julie Schroeder. She says the Payment Protection Program could only help for a little while. 


"I was able to get the PPE money during COVID. One of the big problems I had was I have three locations. So I have three sets of payroll, I have three leases, I have three electric bills, I have three of everything," Schroeder said. "We didn't open again until May 26. We did some to go and stuff but the PPE money had to be used the day you received it. So yesterday I ran out of that money."

Schroeder owns two other Color Me Mine locations. Because business has been slow at the Rochester location, she had to close the store.

"I was really hoping when we reopened that business would really be booming," she said. "It was a very very slow comeback. I'm sure it will come around but it's very slow and the reality is I can't keep it going."

On Thursday, one manager at Color Me Mine in Rochester received the news that she would be out of a job, after three years with the store. 

"It's hard because I've had a lot of calls about people wanting to come in this weekend," December Sobek, manager at Color Me Mine said. "As things are starting to open up, people are looking for things to do. This is one of the places that people like to come to do things at and paint so it's hard to tell people that we won't be open."

With this closure, employees like December feel uncertain about what the future could bring. 

"It makes me really nervous and scared because it's hard knowing that you don't have a job to come to," she said.

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