Canadian artist Robert Lariviere hard at work with a painting of an owl in his small studio

From Blank Canvas to Online Masterpiece: Our Journey with the ShopHERE Powered by Google Program

As the founder of Robert Paints, the past year has been an exciting journey filled with opportunities and growth. Robert Paints was recently highlighted in an article on Digital Main Street, and I am thrilled to share my experience with the ShopHERE powered by Google program, which has played a crucial role in the development of our online platform.

The decision to start an online store showcasing my father-in-law's inspiring fine art was a daunting one. Like many aspiring entrepreneurs, I faced a critical decision: should I take the plunge? The prospect of establishing a new business from the ground up was intimidating, especially for a first-timer, but I was certain that our passion for art deserved to be brought to a wider audience.

During the initial stages of our online store setup, I discovered the ShopHERE powered by Google program. This complimentary eCommerce initiative, offered by Digital Main Street, aims to support small businesses like Robert Paints in their online endeavors. It seemed like the perfect solution to transform our dream into a tangible reality.

My experience with the ShopHERE program has been nothing short of extraordinary. Simon, our designated eCommerce Coordinator, was incredibly skilled and supportive, guiding Robert Paints through the complexities of online sales and website development. He was committed to finding the best solutions to address our specific challenges, such as managing and selling prints of Robert Lariviere's artwork.

I was really impressed with how it felt more like a partnership building this website together with Simon, rather than a "one-on-one lecture of what steps to take, followed by a thank you and good luck with it all" situation. I remember being told that there are a lot of people who have little to no experience navigating a digital sales world, and that they help them learn from scratch how to manage their online business. That resonated positively with me, as in my past work, I would often assist those who were unfamiliar with technology in discovering personalized solutions to their needs.

The assistance Robert Paints received was priceless. The program not only provided us with the necessary tools and expertise to create a website that exceeded our expectations but also instilled in us the confidence to further expand our online presence.

Reflecting on my journey with the ShopHERE powered by Google program, I am reminded of the importance of taking action and embracing the uncertainties. It is with the backing of this program that Robert Paints has been able to build an innovative and ambitious online store, featuring Robert Lariviere's awe-inspiring work, inspired by Canadian landscapes, rural scenes, and wildlife.

We invite you to read the article "A Website's Worth a Thousand Clicks and More" by Livia Sente on Digital Main Street, which highlights our story and the transformative impact of the ShopHERE program on our business, Robert Paints.

The adventure of Robert Paints has been a humbling and inspiring one. As we work to strengthen our online presence and connect with art lovers, we wish to express our deepest appreciation to the ShopHERE powered by Google program, Digital Main Street, and everyone who has supported Robert Paints throughout this remarkable journey. We eagerly anticipate the day when our love for fine art brings happiness to customers around the globe. Cheers to many more years of creating, sharing, and celebrating the beauty of art!


Canadian artist Robert Lariviere working in his studio on a painting of an owl.

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