Party Time Plus, expected to open at the end of this month, displays a bright yellow color, which stands in contrast to its surrounding facilities. Kenn Yancey, the owner of the business, said he is attempting to bring a sense of history back to The Square.
Kenn Yancey said he hopes relocating his party-themed business will help to liven up the McDonough Square.
“The Square is very dull, graphically speaking,” said Yancey, of Hampton. His store, Party Time Plus, is scheduled to open, Sept. 30, sandwiched in between the Gritz restaurant, and the It’s Raising Cupcakes eatery on Macon Street, in the heart of downtown McDonough.
“We did not want to have a party store in a dark, brown building. It’s a party store, for crying out loud. It needs to be festive,” said Yancey. Hence, with paint, he changed the color from dark brown, to mustard yellow.
Some in the city, who have a strong penchant for clinging to the past, are not exactly celebrating with him. They have said nothing to him face-to-face, but their anti-, and pro -yellow comments are showing up in the social media, and in a local newspaper’s citizen comments section.
“Please tell me that it will not stay that way!” implored one resident.
“The yellow building is now historic,” countered another.
Although none of those individuals has addressed Yancey directly, he said the color of the 2,400-square-foot facility is in keeping with the theme of his store, which will offer party supplies, gifts, costumes, and a party room available for rentals.
Yancey’s 2-year-old business was located on Jonesboro Road, in McDonough, before moving to The Square. He had his new building painted two weeks ago, in anticipation of his store’s reopening.
The decor of the structure, Yancey said, harkens back to an earlier period in the city, dating back to the 1900s, when there was a pair of brightly-colored buildings on The Square.
“Our attempt was to match the colors of the historic buildings that were already that color,” he said. “We got approval for the color of the building. We were approved for a softer shade of yellow. But, because of the color that had to be covered up — it was a dark brown color — the finished color came out a little bit different.”
Yancey said he is working with the City of McDonough’s Community Development Department, to adjust the color of his store in a manner which appeals to more people, as well as city leaders.
“The finished color did not turn out to be the color that was approved by the city,” he said. “So, in good conscience, my wife and I realized that we needed to bring it into compliance with what was approved.” He plans to try and soften the color over the next 10 days.
Yancey said Linda Schenk, director of the Main Street McDonough Program, has been helpful to his venture.
“The color of the building has been addressed with the business owners, and they have been most professional, and very cooperative with the issue,” Schenk said.