HARDWARE RETAILING | March 2017
he town of Troy, Montana, is home to
about 1,000 people. If you passed through,
you wouldn't find a traffic light, but any
local could point you toward the combination
drug and hardware store or the yoga studio.
Tyann Hermes grew up in this picturesque
mountain town. She worked in Portland, Oregon,
as a graphic designer for two years after graduating
college and then moved to a few other cities
before she returned to work at and eventually gain
co-ownership of Kootenai Drug True Value.
"My business partner, Chris Hermes, had been
working at Kootenai Drug True Value for many
years," she says. "I moved back to Troy and began
working in the store, but we didn't purchase the
business until 2006."
A lot has changed in the time since her
journey as an entrepreneur began, but for
Hermes, she has found balance in running
two different businesses and helping bring
together people from all walks of life.
And last year, Hermes received an award
for her entrepreneurial endeavors, and from
that, she continues to grow and help others
in her town come together.
By Renee Changnon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing a Hardware
Store and Yoga Studio