Hardware Retailing

MAR 2017

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | March 2017 64 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 another business." Since winning the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year award, Hermes says she will no longer hold herself back. Sunnyside Corporation 225 Carpenter Avenue Wheeling, Illinois 60090 www.sunnysidecorp.com Thinners Solvents Reducers Retarders Removers Paint Additives Specialty Cleaners Protective Coatings Specialty Chemicals

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