Up Close and Personal with David and Sonja Abshire of Parrot Polish


David and Sonja Abshire
Lake Wales ,Florida
His: July 23, Her: June 6

What’s your favorite drink?

His: Diet Coke Her: Sweet Tea

Secret guilty pleasure?

His: Reese’s Butter Cups Her: Nips (A candy)

Favorite genre of music?

The 70’s and its the only group we can agree on.

Hidden talent? If so, what is it? If not, what is one thing you wish you could do?

His: Creative ability to make polish Her: wishes she was more creative.

Describe yourself in 5 words

His: Energy, Focus, Workaholic, Family, Big Heart Her: Nice, Caring, Shy, Family, Laid Back.

What are your top 3 favorite things to do? (Outside of making polish and filling orders…lol)

Family Time, Sports and Exercise. Both of us. Things we do together.

When and why did you decide to start a nail polish line?

It started as way to make some side money to pay for Sonja’s polish habit. It soon became a real business that needed my help. Sonja found out that it was more fun to wear the polish, then to make and sell it. So I started playing and away we went. I had never made polish before and knew nothing about the business, but we learned and it’s my baby now. Sonja now makes all the soap which she enjoys and I handle the polish part.

What makes your brand different?

Parrot Polish was set up to help Bird Rescues in the State of Florida. We now help many things, mostly children and animals. Its always wonderful help those in need and the animals that can’t help themselves. We love our birds and dogs I hope to keep helping in the future.

What is one thing you’re willing to share that your customers would be surprised to know about you?

Hmmmm Maybe that I am not a Laid Back person. I often go crazy over tiny details and everything has to be perfect.

What advice/tips/best practices would you give someone wanting to start their own polish company?

Advice …. Testing and save your money! Test your polishes a lot! It is very costly to start a polish biz. Start slow and build a following, I went cannonball style and had issues when I first started.

Besides your own, what other brands do you own/wear?

Sonja wears many other makers polishes. Hardly ever does she wear Parrot Polish. She wears Vapid, Enchanted and F.U.N. Lacquer

What is one of you favorite collections or polishes you created?

Hmmmm… I would say “What Dreams are made of” the collection just launched this week. Others would Black Magic the Thermal and The Old Love Collection as Both were Game changers for Parrot Polish.

How did you come up with your company name and logo?

We love Parrots for their colors and personality. It all started with my grandmother moving in. She owned love birds that I grew to love. When she passed I got my own and I talk and work with them daily. Parrot Polish just seemed to be Happy and Colorful.

If you weren’t in the indie polish business, what’s another product you would have liked to create?

I would say Make up. We still may in the future but Parrot Polish and My other job keep me pretty busy. I picture glowing make up and thermal lipstick..lol

Any spoilers that you care to share about future collections, products, etc?

Spoilers ….. A new website is brewing and the New bottles are finally here. Its been a big year so far.

In 10 words or less, what would be your brand slogan?

Polish so Bright and Beautiful it will make you smile Everytime!

What do you love most about being an indie polish maker?

I would say My customers! I love the fan groups and the customers as they challenge me and keep me focused.

What other brand (just 1) would you like to collaborate with?

Hmmm…. I talk To a few makers but If I only had one I would say ILNP. Since Day one I have been a fan. I admire ladies that grow their company and have a family too! Its all so tough to Juggle. I also have never talked to her, but I’m sure someday I will.
What is your greatest accomplishment to date with your brand?

My greatest accomplishment would be the design of the entire brand. It was just a vision when you start and now its a trademarked brand sold worldwide. It takes a life of its own at times.

What is one challenge you’ve faced in business and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge to all of us is to create. The day you stop or get burnt out its like you step back a bit. We all know that the good brands endlessly sell and grow. I would say we all overcome that daily and push on, because if you don’t your done! 

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