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Painting the Main Line One Business at a Time

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Kevin Nolan, Edgmont;President, Nolan Painting

It seems like there are more Nolan Painting signs than stop signs in the Main Linearea. Now celebrating its 35th year, the company has painted more than 1,500 homes. One of the keys to Kevin Nolan’s success is supporting the communitythat supports him. He sponsors more than 150 community events every year, andhe works with the Main Line Chamber of Commerce and the Haverford Area YMCA.

How he started Nolan Painting: I was a sophomore in college and jogged through neighborhoods putting homemade business cards in mailboxes. From that, the company grew to 75 employees.

Best-kept secreton the Main Line: Ridley Creek State Park [1]. It’s a wonderful place, but the entrances are hard to find, and there’s not sufficient parking. I’ve given permission to build trails right through my property. Some folks mightnot want people on their land, but I think it helps increase the value of the property. And it’s the right thingto do.

The last place he ate that he loved: Santa Fe Burrito in the Wynnewood Shopping Center. I love thefreshness of the ingredients and the combination of cilantro and other herbs.

Favorite local restaurant:Gullifty’s. We went there after each of my four kids graduated from high school, and my company painted thenewly remodeled version of the restaurant.

Favorite local places to shop for food: I go to Ardmore Farmers Market [2], Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Giant.

The perfect date night: Dinner at Paramour [3] in theWayne Hotel, then a trip to Chanticleer.

If he had 30 minutes to himself, he would: Run. I’m on a quest to runmarathons in all 50 states; only 800 people in the world have accomplished that. I just did my 35th in Kentucky.

Favorite places to run: Ridley Creek State Park, Radnor Trail, Haverford College Loop and Valley ForgeNational Historical Park.

Favorite local event: The Main Line Jazz & Food Festival [4] in Wayne (on hiatusthis year). That town is like a second home to me because I started my business there all those years ago.

Visit www.nolanpainting.com for more information.