HARDWARE RETAILING | March 2017
everyone naturally," Hermes says. "I didn't feel
like the younger, shy Tyann. It was great."
Since receiving the award, Hermes continues
to manage both businesses, but she says she has
found a way to slow down and give her body and
mind a break.
"I have overdone it in the past and even got
sick from trying to do too much," Hermes says.
"I've learned to balance and slow down and not
go in to the store all the time. I have amazing
employees who I know can get the job done
even if I'm not there."
At both the hardware store and yoga studio,
Hermes says she enjoys being able to bring
people together who may not have otherwise
interacted or met.
"The yoga studio has become a community in
itself, a gathering place for people, which
I really am happy about," Hermes says.
"The same thing is true in the hardware store,
with people coming together and helping each
other," she says.
Juggling two businesses may not work
for everyone, but Hermes says any retailer
considering taking on the challenge should make
sure their additional venture is something they
are excited about.
"To find success owning and operating
two businesses, you have to find something
you're passionate about," she says. "If
you can do that, it will be more than just
Since winning the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award,
Hermes says she will no longer hold herself back.
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