Way back in 1899, the American flag only had 45 stars, only 8% of households had phones, and a three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars. New houses and businesses were flourishing. It was in this time of burgeoning demand for home renovation supplies that Irish immigrants Joseph and Herb Guiry founded Guiry’s Color Source, which has been supplying the greater Denver area with paint and wallpaper for over a century. The family-owned business, currently headed by Dick and Sean Guiry, boasts ten Colorado locations in Arvada, Boulder, Centennial, Cherry Creek, Denver LoDo, Denver South, Lakewood, Littleton, and Parker, and has expanded to include window coverings, home décor, furniture, and fine art supplies,
The company began its life as "Guiry Brothers" at 17th and Curtis Street. After World War II, Joseph's sons, Leonard, Frank, and Joseph Jr., took over the company. Leonard headed the retail stores while Joe managed the paint contracting, and Frank Guiry became a general contractor, building homes in Denver's postwar boom. He opened two new retail locations in Lakewood and Aurora.
“The source for foreign and domestic wall papers, tekko, grasscloth, leather, lincrusta, burlaps, paints, oils and glass, painting and paperhanging and interior decoration with churches and public buildings a specialty!” – the Denver Business Directory (1910)
In 1962, Richard “Dick” Guiry took over as the president of the company and opened a new store in the University Hills Shopping center. What began as a 1500-square foot location has since grown to a 20,000-square foot retail outlet that is now located at 2121 South Colorado Boulevard.
1999 marked a century of business for Guiry’s. To celebrate this achievement, Dick Guiry and son Sean Guiry opened the Parker store. They also acquired and renovated a 25,000-square foot building just north of Coors Field on the corner of Market Street and 23rd. Known as the LoDo location, this unique store exhibits the charm and history residents have come to appreciate about Denver, and brought Guiry’s back to its downtown roots.
Dick and Sean continued the tradition of running and expanding the company, adding stores in Arvada and Cherry Creek. They also opened a paint-only store on Colfax Avenue in Lakewood.
The two newest stores expand Guiry's further outside of Denver with paint and decorating availible in Fort Collins and paint only in Colorado Springs. Guiry's hopes to open a contractor paint center on the southwest side of Denver by 2019.
“Short and sweet: this is the best paint and home decor store I've worked with. The customer service and the obvious care of the manager and the associates is so clear.” – Loren C. (2016)
Guiry’s is the provider of choice for many large commercial projects in the Denver area, and is a retailer of quality house paints with lines that feature Benjamin Moore, Coronado, and our private label, Guiry’s Select. We also carry an extensive selection of specialty finishes and stains from Sikkens, Cabot, Benjamin Moore, and Messmers.
In addition to paint and stain, we employ in-house designers at every location, offer personalized color consultations, have Denver's largest selection of wallpaper books (over four hundred to choose from!) and carry custom Hunter Douglas blinds and shutters. Our home decor section features Bramble furniture and unique accessories. We are also proud to host fine art supplies, including canvas, fine pens, and oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. Our designers are always available to provide guidance or suggestions on your next products, and can even do in-home consultations.
We take our business and long-term commitment to the community very seriously. We are proud of the professional products and services we provide, and are honored to serve and greet our customers, new and old.
We've been around for over 100 years, and we'll be here in the future when you need us again!