*Editor’s note: Mint and Lolly is a new one-stop-online-shop for the best and the brightest jewelry. I had the chance to interview founders and sisters Lesley, Katie, and Meghan on what it was like to start a business. I hope you enjoy their story and stay tuned for an upcoming Mint and Lolly giveaway on Dose Of Dash!
What did you do before starting Mint and Lolly?
We all had separate careers but the same aspirations. Between us we worked in retail, restaurants, consumer goods, theater, and entertainment.
How did the idea for Mint and Lolly come to be and why did you decide to take the plunge?
Each of us has different styles; Lesley is more traditional and conservative, Meghan has a more bohemian edge with a side of social responsibility, and Katie is of the wild, urban streetwear variety. Though we were so different with our styles, we came together with our jewelry. We would always joke about starting our own jewelry business because our three styles would be awesome together. Then, one day, we decided to stop talking about it and to try and make it happen.
The idea came from our common love for jewelry. Our other common love growing up was playing the game Candyland®. We loved playing Candyland together. Candy and color make a person so happy. When a person steps into a candy shop, they automatically become happy with all the shapes and colors. We wanted to emulate that in our business – so we made it candy-inspired.
Once you had the idea for Mint and Lolly what steps did you take to make it happen?
We attended jewelry shows under the auspices of our family businesses, as we will always be employees there. We decided to attend some shows first, to see what the industry was like inside. We had our own careers going at the time, and we lived in three states. Vacations were to each other’s places so we could attend shows.
It was still in the idea phase until Meghan moved back out to California, and took a job that she thought was promising. When it turned out to be a total nightmare, she decided it was time to start Mint and Lolly and sacrifice whatever necessary to get it launched. “Now or never” was our phrase at the time. It didn’t take Katie or Lesley long to become cheerleaders of the idea. And so… Mint and Lolly was born.