The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

January 19, 2013

Business Profile: Hawk's finds a new nest on Broadway

Name of business: Hawk’s Nest flea mall and thrift

Location: 2530 N. Broadway, Anderson

Owner: Carolyn Hawkins

Opened: Dec. 11 in its new building

Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Employees: 10 employees, plus Hawkins’ daughter

Services: Vendor space and consignment

In the owners’ words: After circling Anderson a few times, Hawk’s Nest flea market and thrift has come home to roost.

The store opened in its new location in December, after moving from Ames Street.

“We had to move because we grew so quick,” said owner Carolyn Hawkins. “I love the new location. We are growing in a great way for the people in North Anderson.”

The flea mall houses 38 vendors, Hawkins said. Wares include furniture, clothes and even hand-made farm-scape dioramas, complete with little painted cows.

Hawkins said she opened the original store to be closer to her husband, who was having medical problems.

“After my husband had a couple of strokes and (was) needing to see the doctors regularly, I did not want to work over an hour away and worry something could happen and I not be close,” she said. “I started doing sales in my yard.”

With just about a week’s time and $300 she earned from her rummage sale, she opened her business on Ames. She outgrew it in less than a month.

Hawkins said the store is still expanding. She’s contemplating adding snack machines and a concession stand, which would sell things like homemade roast beef sandwiches, pulled pork, hot dogs, nachos and soups.

“We are bringing a place to have fun when you shop,” she said, “a store that has everything in it from toys to antiques and everything in between at an affordable price.”

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