By DANIELLE REID, The Patriot
Pulaski County is on the move! New restaurants and businesses are emerging in downtown Pulaski and in Dublin almost weekly. One of the most recent to open up on Tuesday, November 9th is Molly’s on Main, located at 246 W. Main Street in Dublin. It is adjacent to Basil Pizza. Regular business hours are Tuesday – Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Business owner Tracy Nester has had lots of business experience – but not in retail sales. For over 19 years she was an operations partner in the restaurant business; and for the past three-years, Nester was the manager of Fatz in Dublin. Anyone who has worked in the restaurant business knows it demands long hours, often late into the evening.
Nester confessed, “I can run a restaurant with my eyes closed, but the retail business is all new to me. For the past year, I’ve wanted to spend more time with my family. I would come home and my eight-year-old daughter Molly would say that I had to work long hours because I was ‘the boss lady.’ Now, she claims the title of “boss lady” because the store is named after her, she laughs.”
Although Nester said she never had a dream to open a clothing store, she felt this was the direction God was leading her. After she turned in her resignation at Fatz and was driving home she prayed, “God, am I making the right choice?”
“Every doubt I’ve had has worked out to the positive and in His timing. A friend arranged for me to use this retail space, which used to be a church. My husband Matthew has been very supportive and has renovated the show rooms and built the fitting rooms. I am calm and at peace now about my decision. I never would have stepped away from my career if I didn’t believe it was the right decision,” Nester said.
Nester’s line of clothing for women is stylishly comfortable, ranges in size from small to 3-X and in price between $18.00 to $42.00. The complimentary color pallet features rich warm and neutral clothing with green, camel, burgundy, and black as the foundational colors.
Much like several other local women-owned boutique businesses are doing, Nester has included their items for sale in Molly’s on Main. She likes the idea of supporting other local businesses. In Molly’s on Main, customers will find The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady’s confections, lavender soaps and bath products from The Purple Llama, seasonings from Twice As Nice Spices, and unique scented items from The Olde Mustard Seed.
Soon Word-wall-art will be available with inspirational messages such as “It takes zero dollars to be kind,” and “Turn your eyes on Jesus” message mugs, and graphic T-shirts with messages similar to “I run on Jesus and Target.”
Nester credits Lydia Gilmer, manager of Pulaski County Small Business Solutions, as being an amazing help and support through the many aspects of opening a new business. She also says that other boutique owners reached out to her, offering suggestions and encouragement. Nester believes it’s about taking a leap of faith, doing the research and getting support from family, friends and the local business community.
All are invited to visit Molly’s on Main for their ribbon cutting ceremony with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at noon on Friday, November 19th.