Debbie Manuel has had three jobs most of her life, so owning two businesses and working as a waitress isn’t a big challenge for the West Davidson-area native.
Manuel opened his second business earlier this year – Brook’s Nest – in the Evenbrooke Marketplace at 15 Murphy Drive. She’s also a longtime waitress at Rick’s Smokehouse in Welcome.
“I am a sociable person,” she said. “I like being around and helping people. Look like a waitress. I serve a lot of burgers to people who do that.”
Additionally, Manuel, who now lives in Salisbury and graduated from West Davidson High School in 1988, said she wanted to provide Davidson County women with a place to shop for trendy and affordable clothing without going out of town. the city. Opening her second business inside Evenbrooke Market, which has 105 vendors selling everything from antiques and home decor to clothing and candles, was a no-brainer, she said, during her activity in an autonomous building.
First, paying rent as one of the 105 vendors is much cheaper than building a store or renting one of the city’s stand-alone buildings.
“And it’s a unique shopping experience,” she said of Evenbrooke. “Women, we like to go to a place and buy decoration, clothes, just about anything here. And the pedestrian traffic is already there. I don’t have to figure out how to get people to come see me at an independent store. . They are already there and they see me. “
Another “winner” of being part of a market inside her own store, she said, is that when she can’t be at Brook’s Nest, people can still shop. They just bring their items to the Evenbrooke control area instead of paying inside Brook’s Nest. Manuel is generally at the store to greet and assist customers on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evenbrook is open Monday through Saturday.
Manuel helps another young female entrepreneur with Brook’s Nest. She wears Totally Tessia jewelry, made by West Davidson teenager Tessia Hamilton. Handmade clay earrings and pendants are colorful and whimsical in their design.
Also inside Evenbrooke, Manuel opened Farm to Charm about 2.5 years ago after initially opening the recycled furniture business at another Lexington store that rents space from vendors. Her husband, Shane Manuel, loves antiques, she explained, so when they got married she had to redo her modern furniture to match her love of antiques.
Several pieces of his furniture have been painted to become country chic style. She liked the look and decided to gift it to others with Farm to Charm. Shane Manuel and his hunt for dressers, bedside tables, dining tables, chairs and more and Rustic Traveler owner Bryon Moorefield paints traditional furniture to create a farmhouse chic look.
The couple also sell farm signs, home decor, and candles from their Farm to Charm vendor.
Before retiring, Shane Manuel built roads and bridges for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He used his construction skills to build the approximately 1,000 square foot Brook’s Nest store inside Evenbrooke. The store is named after his grandson Brooklyn Thompson.
“It really is a store within a store,” said Brad McCullough, owner of Evenbrooke Marketplace, noting that it is one of the largest businesses in Evenbrooke and has his name on the door. entrance to the store. “It’s wonderful to have her here. The part I love the most is that she builds her clientele, it helps Evenbrooke.”
Manuel buys most blouses, graphic t-shirt dresses, leggings, jeans, shorts and shoes from wholesalers in Los Angeles. She said she took note of what customers at Rick’s Smokehouse wore and listened to her daughter and daughter-in-law to stay on top of sartorial trends. Additionally, several waitresses at Rick’s Smokehouse serve as models for the clothes on the Brook’s Nest Facebook page.
It also sells a variety of Myra and neoprene handbags, bracelets, shoulder straps and pouches.
Every Monday, her stepdaughter, Allison Hulin, hosts a live stream on Facebook, selling new items for the store. Customers can have their items shipped for an additional fee or come to the store to pick up their merchandise to waive shipping charges. Additionally, it has expanded its customer base well outside of Davidson County and the state. It ships all over the United States.
Brook’s Nest phone number is (336) 596-7027. You can purchase Brook’s Nest during Evenbrooke Marketplace opening hours, even when Manual is not at the store. Evenbrooke is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
– Jill Doss-Raines is The Dispatch’s senior reporter on trending topics and personality profiles and is always on the lookout for advice on entertainment businesses and events, secret and new menu items and interesting people in the Davidson County. Contact me at [email protected] and subscribe to us at the-dispatch.com.