Business 1 on 1 with Alicia Holton of The Teacher’s Nest

Alicia Holton, The Teacher’s Nest, 904 Carroll St., Perry; 478-988-9379. Extended hours for July-September are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

How long have you been in business?: The business was founded in July 2011. A friend was going through school to be a teacher and “there was nowhere locally to get the items she needed.”

At some point the friend suggested Holton open a store for teacher supplies, but Holton said she didn’t know anything about running a store for teachers.

“I blew her off.” But later Holton said she felt “God was moving me to do this,” and she opened the store with the help of family, friends and her church community.

“We wanted it to be comfortable, not like a warehouse, but cozy for them. ... It’s continued to grow every year. It’s been a great experience for my children.”

What do you like best about your job?: “Probably the people. I love visitors from out of town -- people stop by going to the beach.”

What is your specialty?: “Everything in here is unique. ... We have everything (teachers) would need to decorate their classrooms.”

The shop offers teacher supplies, home school and parent resources, birthday gifts, educational games and science fair projects. It also offer several services including faxing, gift cards and laminating.

What are your future plans?: Right now Holton doesn’t have plans to expand the shop or open another location.