Tillies is a quaint gas station and convenience store in downtown Pioche run by folks who love what they do and love their community.
Owners Ed and Malinda Wright moved to Pioche from Ely in 1979. Malinda worked at the business, which was formerly called Mike’s Mini Market. The Wrights purchased it in 1987 and renamed it Tillies – a nickname that Ed gave to Malinda.
In addition to gasoline, snacks and other convenience items, Tillies offers fishing and hunting licenses. Tacked on the walls are dozens of photos taken of proud hunters with their catches and kills.
About six years ago, Tillies added two cabins in the back to accommodate visitors.
“Everyone that stays there just loves them,” said Halli Cox, Ed and Malinda’s daughter and officer in the business.
The Wrights have greatly enjoyed running the business and serving the community.
“They love it,” Cox said. “They love the locals. Trying to be helpful and providing things for them.”
Their involvement includes being active in the Pioche Chamber of Commerce and planning for the yearly Labor Day celebration. The Wright’s have assisted in many other community events and causes over the years.
“We try to as much as we can,” Cox added. “We try to support whatever is going on.”