About Rainy Day

Back in 1971, the Snow family started “The Rainy Day Company”. At that time, the eastside of Detroit had a couple of art stores, although Rainy Day was the closest. My dad was a hobby artist and he used to take me to Rainy Day to get paints and supplies so that we could do art together. Going to Rainy Day was always fun and sometimes a little intimidating. There were always these “cool, arty people” there who knew a lot about art and products.

All that “hobby” time with dad fostered a passion for art and was an inspiration to earn a BFA from the College for Creative Studies, majoring in illustration. My store of choice for supplies was always Rainy Day.

Rainy Day used to fire pottery for customers and in an unfortunate turn of events, the kiln blew up one winter night in 1983, pretty much destroying the store. While it was being rebuilt, Rainy Day housed itself in a store around the corner.

The Snows sold their business to a blueprint equipment company around 1985, who in turn collaborated with another company and became “Rainy Day/Creative World”, part of a citywide chain.

The Rainy Day Company circa 1975

The Rainy Day Company, circa 1975

Rainy Day Art Co Ad Appearing in Heritage Magazine, 1985

Ad Appearing in Heritage Magazine, 1985

In 1992, Rainy Day was purchased again by a drafting organization from Madison Heights. They chose to add “Art Supply” to the Rainy Day name. Through all the name and ownership changes the store remained relatively unchanged. It served my needs and those of the community with high quality art supplies and professional framing services.

Having always been a Rainy Day customer, I usually knew when they were looking for help at the store. At one point I remember seeing a help wanted sign and mentioning the possibility of a part-time job to my husband… his response was “If you want to work there, you should own it”. Famous last words, several years later (2005) I responded to a “For Sale” ad…which I promptly brought to the attention of my husband…The rest is history.

As a child, Rainy Day’s telephone number was only one digit different than my home phone number, so inevitably we would get wrong number calls at home for Rainy Day. Funny, the phone number here is still the same as it was 40 years ago…one of the many great traditions we proudly maintain.

Please come visit us, whether you’re an artist or not. You will always receive the same, personable and reliable service that has been a part of this store’s heritage.

Lisa and Bob Amori