Interview: Mariah Jonckheere of Great Lakes Lacquer

Welcome back everyone! It’s that time for the month again! Time for another Indie Maker Interview! YAY!!! Mariah Jonckheere is with a women that needs no introduction because she and her brand speak form themselves.

Having never been to Michigan, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit its Great Lakes but when I see the polishes Mariah of Great Lakes Lacquer creates, I immediately think prestigious, pristine, tranquility and alluring. Mariah does a remarkable job creating beautiful polish that puts you right in the middle of her inspiration. So it was only natural that I bring her to you all in a different way, behind the scenes…up close and personal. 

But enough of hearing me blab away, lets jump right into the fun!

Name: Mariah Jonckheere (Jacobs) 
Location: Lansing, MI
Birthday: October 27th 

Fun Fact
I have four kids. I dunno if that is a fun (or she’s insane) fact or not.

Holiday traditions? If so, what are they? If not, what would be one you’d like to start?
resents on Christmas Morning. Other than that, there aren’t any traditions. I’m not one for them very much.

If you could have dinner with any 5 past or present people, who would they be?
My grandfather (father’s side), Stephen King, Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder

What cartoon character best represents you?
Ezma crossed with Sandy Cheeks?

Favorite/ideal vacation spot and who would you take with you?
Bora Bora and all of my family and my best friend.

Favorite 90s TV show or artist/song?
All the Star Trek’s for TV, you can’t make me choose a song. Sorry. LOL. But I would have to say that Nirvana, Green Day, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Matchbox 20, and Alice In Chains are probably high on that list.

Do you have any hidden talents or traits?
I can wiggle my nose up and down like a bunny, move my ears, and raise both eyebrows together or separately.  

When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line and what makes your brand different?
In 2014. It was the sort of thing that I kept wanting to make changes to polishes that I was buying. So I started making my own. I feel like I try to put me in every color I put out.

What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?
I have lots of gray hair.

What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company? 
Read and read some more. Don’t ask questions, just research and read. Then buy some supplies and start mixing. And mix some more. And read some more. And take lots of notes. THEN ask questions.

Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?
Pahlish, Darling Diva, Anchor & Heart, Glisten & Glow (HK GIRL 4EVER), Ever After, Supernatural, and Tonic.

What is one of you favorite collections or polishes you created?
Leaves In The Lake and Leaves In The Sand. Washed in Holo. A december limited edition coming up and a few protos I have sitting and waiting right now

What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)
Fish, swim, be outside, especially in the summer.

How did you come up with your company name and logo?
It seems really easy. Thinking of what was important to me, what was me, what I wanted to share, it just came naturally.

If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?
Bath and body. I love making scrubs, bombs, and bubble bars most.

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?
Thermals are Coming.

In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?
Fluidly flowing, like water and lacquer.

What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?
The community and being a part of it. The friendships and relationships that you establish beat any kind of negativity that comes around, hands down.

What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with or have already collaborated with?
Scofflaw Nail Varnish

Favorite nail art technique?
Stamping or gradients.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?
Still being open! It’s tough out there.

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