We get asked this question often. The name actually came from Joshua Abramson’s grandfather, sort of by accident or default. Grandpa Charlie and his brother Davie started a drapery cleaning business back around the mid century and they called it A.Allbright Drapery Cleaning, located in Van Nuys, CA. Side Note: They put the “A.” in front of Allbright so that they would be listed first in the Yellow Pages and all other listings. Now that times have changed and the Yellow Pages isn’t really the “go to” way of finding a local business in your area, it’s not that important to have the “A.” in front of the name, but we still enjoy always being listed at the top of any trade listing.
When Josh first started the his business, he was 21-years-old, living in a small two-bedroom apartment in Granada Hills with his mom (single parent) and younger sister (who shared a room with mom). During that time, his grandfather offered Josh some help and suggested that he use one of his A.Allbright company phone numbers on the business cards and homemade wooden signs because he had an office staff that could answer the phone more professionally than his little sister or mom would at home.
So Josh took him up on his generous offer but he never intended to call the new business A.Allbright Wallpaper Hanging & Painting. Still in his teens, he wanted to come up with a more relevant name to who he was, but he didn’t know what that name should be at the time.
When someone would call the number listed on the new business card (see picture) asking for wallpaper installation, his grandfather or his staff would “page” him every time they got a call (remember pagers?). Even though Josh wasn’t a part of the drapery cleaning business in any way, he ended up carrying on the family business name because they would always answer the phones, “Hello, this is A.Allbright, how can we help you?”
Joshua Abramson talks about the all the lessons he learned early on from watching his grandfather and his brother grow a successful business that they eventually sold and retired well from. One of the lessons he learned is to always call customers back right away! Josh says, “My grandfather would call me and give me a strong warning if he ever got a second call from one of my customers that I didn’t call back right away. At the young age of 21, there were many lessons to be learned.”
Joshua Abramson exclaims, “Today, I’m really grateful that we get to carry on the name A.Allbright. It means so much to me now and it fits exactly who we are. I’m grateful that, at the time, I didn’t know what to call my new company because now A.Allbright Painting is the best name in the painting business. It speaks of brilliance and happiness! I couldn’t be happier with the name that we all proudly stand behind.”
Gratefully celebrating over 30 years in business!