All lined up

MARSHALL – Timing, skills, a chance to work together – the pieces all seemed to fit into place for one Marshall area family to start up a new seasonal business this summer.

And so far, Bucks Parking Lines and Signs has been picking up customers from around southwest Minnesota.

“It was something we could all do together,” said Jill Buchholz of the family’s new venture.

Together, Warren and Jill Buchholz, and their children Jenn Buchholz and Steven Buchholz make up the striping crew.

Warren Buchholz said Bucks Parking Lines and Signs specializes in painting parking lot lines and signs on pavement like direction arrows and handicapped parking zone markers. Bucks also paints curbs and light pole bases in parking lots, he said.

It might not seem as obvious as building exterior paint or landscaping, but fresh parking lot stripes can have a big effect on a business’ appearance, Warren Buchholz said.

“When you pull into a nice, painted parking lot, it’s kind of welcoming,” he said.

Warren and Jill Buchholz said parking lot striping was something their family had looked at for about a year before going into business. Warren had experience striping athletic fields for Marshall Public Schools, and Jenn had summer job experience painting parking lots at the campus of South Dakota State University. The family’s summer schedules could also accommodate the extra work, especially in the evenings and on weekends.

“And (Jenn) said, ‘We can do this,'” Jill Buchholz said.

“We’re used to working together, so it’s not too different,” Jenn Buchholz said of working with her family.

The biggest thing for the family members to learn has been how to use the striping equipment – getting straight lines is the main part of the job, after all. But that hasn’t been too hard, Steven Buchholz said.

“I picked up on it right away,” he said. Steven also cut stencils for painting traffic arrows and other signs.

“None of us has one single job. We just do what needs to be done,” Jenn Buchholz said.

Warren Buchholz said he’s been trying to get the word out about Bucks partly through word of mouth. Bucks also gives free quotes for services, he said.

“Local businesses have been very supportive,” Warren Buchholz said.

The Buchholz family said business has been picking up, although rainy weather the past couple months meant a slower start than they were hoping for. So far, they’ve painted parking lots around southern and southwest Minnesota, including locations in Olivia, Fairmont and Blue Earth.

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