CLARION - A love of books. An entrepreneurial spirit. Support of a community.
The culmination of those three factors led Daisy Kinison, 26, of Clarion, to be a business owner.
Kinison opened The Book Nook on July 15.
-Messenger photo by Lindsey Mutchler
Daisy Kinison, 26, of Eagle Grove, opened The Book Nook in July with the help of the Clarion community. Kinison is assisted by staff at Krys Korner, where the business is located, but handles 99 percent of the daily tasks, including hiring part-time help to staff the store when she’s not there.
"I like to read books, and I thought other people would like to read books as well," Kinison said, when asked why she chose to open a bookstore.
She is an individual who receives assistance from Krysilis in Wright County, but she doesn't let her disability impede on her interests.
Some of Kinison's favorite books are the Twilight series by author Stephanie Meyer, she said. However, Kinison's collection of used books in The Book Nook range from children's books to novels, from self-help to cookbooks to romance.
If you go:
What: Book Nook
What: Used book store
Where: Krys Korner, 121 First Ave. N.E., Clarion
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The numerous genres of books fill pristine white bookcases lining the four walls of a cozy room in the back of Krys Korner - a used-clothing store located in Clarion that employs individuals who are supported by Krysilis. The non-profit organization helps people with disabilities accomplish goals that matter to them, such as opening their own business.
Paulette Cirksena, of Eagle Grove, and a Krysilis volunteer, said it took six months from Kinison's inception of the idea for The Book Nook to when the store opened for business.
"We worked with the county, state and local economic development corporation," Cirksena said. "They all donated money to Daisy to help her get started."
The Book Nook's home was formerly a sorting room, but Kinison and others made the bookshelves and organized the books by genres.
"Daisy worked hard to get it all set up," Cirksena said.
While Cirksena and others are ready to help if needed, Kinison handles the business all on her own.
She's made a checklist of items to complete every day she's in the store: Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
"I like to inventory the different books and price them," Kinison said. She prides herself on keeping prices low - 50 cents for paperback books, a dollar for hardback and $2 to $4 for newer releases.
"If people ask me to keep an eye out for something specific, like a favorite book or CD, I'll do that," Kinison said.
She also deposits her earnings at the bank every day, and prepares monthly financial reports and weekly sales reports on the computer.
"Daisy is very good on the computer," Cirksena said. "She does her own inventory and daily sales. We're just here to help her learn the tricks of working in a business, to teach you the proper skills."
Kinison also hired a friend to help run the store when she's not there.
"It was someone I know, one of my friends," she said. "I told him if he needed help to ask one of the staff (in Krys Korner)." The money to pay her new employee comes out of her bottom line, she added.
The community support hasn't ended with giving Kinison a financial boost. Individuals donate books to Krysilis, and then Kinison purchases the books from them at a reduced price.
She also offers records, cassettes and CDs for sale, and soon will sell greeting cards she's created.
"Sometimes I get repeat customers, and sometimes individuals from Krysilis come over here and get books," Kinison said.
She has lofty goals for her bookstore.
"I'm hoping to make it my own business, and set up an independent shop in my own building," Kinison said.
"And make a lot of money and retire early," Cirksena joked.
"I think we'd all like to retire early, but that's not an option," Kinison responded. "I wish."
However, her newfound business has afforded Kinison more than just money.
"It's fun," she said. "It makes me feel more responsible."
And, now she can afford to go on a vacation with 40 other individuals from Krysilis: a trip to Minneapolis to the Mall of America and the Science Museum of Minnesota where a traveling exhibit of artifacts from King Tut's tomb is on display.
"I couldn't afford it when I graduated from high school, but now I can since I'm working full-time," Kinison said, excitement visible on her face as she talked about the planned trip.
Cirksena said this is what Krysilis is all about: helping individuals with disabilities become a successful part of society.
Contact Lindsey Mutchler at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org