Lynn Mull Lail, of Hickory, is featured in NORTH CAROLINA magazine executive profile. As a teenager, she worked in the family motel, learning information about business and tourism. She inherited the Mull Motel and the Hickory Furniture Mart from her parents, Pearlie and Maude Mull. At the time, the furniture mart was a wholesale business and was open only two days a year, during nearby High Point's Furniture Market. In 1985, she and her husband opened the Hickory Furniture Mart to the public year-round. The mart is now the area's biggest tourist attraction and one of the state's top visitor destinations, attracting over 500,000 people every year. The million-square-foot complex displays over 1,000 furniture lines and includes 100 factory outlets, stores and galleries, shipping service, visitor center, museum, cafe, coffeehouse, and motel.