Meet Our Vendor: Pepper Polish
Say hello to another new vendor, Pepper Polish!
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I’m Mackenzie Putscher, head nail polish slinger at Pepper Pot Polish. I’m the brains, brawn and face of the brand, so if you’ve ever sent the brand an email, posted on our Facebook page, or commented on any of our Instagram photos, chances are I’ve responded back to you. Nice to finally meet ya!
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
I’m super IN LOVE with my “Cats & Feminism” nail polish collection! This was the first collection I really felt challenged in making, and I spent a good amount of time trying out different color combos, finishes, & glitter mixes until I found the exact color palette that I thought expressed my ideas the best. I did so much prototyping that I decided I’m going to run another collection or 2 within the series because I had so many great ideas come out of it! And really, you can’t go wrong with cats & feminism. 🙂
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love the sense of camaraderie that I get when working these shows! It’s really cool to meet some rad makers that I’ve never heard of(and the ones I’ve stalked on social media). It’s also a great opportunity to meet fans of my brand that I interact with on social media!
Is this a full-time business for you?
Since I”m the person that does ALL of the things,(product labeling, mailing, product design, marketing, scouting for stockists..the list goes on…) PPP is totally my full time job! I do have a part time job that I love, bartending(shout out to the Parkway Tavern!), and that keeps me busy also, but my heart is with Pepper Pot Polish.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
I think the most important lesson I’ve learned is that it’s not necessary to grow your business at lightning speed. I’ve spent the last 3 years plodding patiently along, creating product, working events, steadily marketing my brand the way I’ve wanted to, as opposed to how others think I should do it, and even though it’s taken a while, I finally have a solid customer base that consistently supports my vision and is eager to try new items when I debut them.
It’s also important to realize that you shouldn’t compare your success to your peers; I am surrounded by some really great biz owners in my community, and I take inspiration from all the hard work they put forth, but I don’t compare the amount of business they do to the amount that I do, simply because we all have a different vision of what our brands should(or shouldn’t) be doing. If anything, I get motivation from watching them hustle!