Hardware Retailing

MAR 2017

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HARDWARE RETAILING | March 2017 58 Balancing Businesses T 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, rchangnon@nrha.org Finding Happiness Managing a Hardware Store and Yoga Studio

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