17-year-old opens business in Craven County during pandemic
ASKIN, NC (WNCT) – Right off the freeway. 17 in Askin is an old gas station, where everything that is old can be made new again.
It’s the home of Askins Pickin ‘and Grinnin’, owned by 17-year-old Molly Isley.
“I look for things that I like and then strange things,” Isley said.
The store is a vendor’s market, a space where people sell antiques, collectibles, and what Isley calls cool stuff.
“I had my ups and downs about it,” Isley said. “I never thought I would have the support I have from the community I have.”
Isley loves to search for hidden treasures in thrift stores, flea markets and estate sales. She opened her store in December 2020 while doing what normal high school kids do.
“I was very lucky that my teachers let me do what I was able to do this year. Because there were times when I put my business above school, but they got it, ”Isley said.
She runs every part of her business. She even rolled up her sleeves and got the job done to renovate the building she is currently in.
“I was here stripping the walls and painting them and stuff like that, and I knew at the time that was what I wanted to do,” Isley said.
Despite the opening during a pandemic, business has been good.
“I never expected to see people I never thought I’d see again, and people who are my regulars who come every Saturday just to talk to me,” Isley said.
She has plans for the future, but says she’s happy where she is right now.
“I thought about expanding it a bit, but I don’t think I’m ready for it yet,” Isley said. “I think it will take a little while before we do something like this.”