We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariah, what do you want people to remember about you?
At MPrint, we want people to remember our company by inspiring women to design their life for them and to put themselves and their mental health first. Everyday we strive to share our story in order to remind people that they’re not alone in their struggles. Life can be so dang hard, we all will experience trauma at some point, there will be good days and there will be bad days. But through it all, we are not alone, there will always be someone in our corner. Someone in your life needs you and is so happy you exist. We want to be that person! MPrint wants to make sure our customers know that the world is a better place with them in it. We want to be there to cheer each of you on and to tell you that we are so proud of you exactly how you are, through our apparel and designs or simply just by building connections with our customers. Make your mark, stand out, and be authentically yourself! The world deserves the real you!
What should our readers know about your business?
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
MPrint is an apparel + design business that believes you can design the life you want to live. Our priority is to inspire you to be, do and surround yourself with things that bring you joy every single day. Everything in your life should feel right to you, your clothes should speak to you, your home should relax you, your business should inspire you. You have the power to design your life for you. MPrint started four years ago as a custom apparel printing company, we printed anything and everything that was requested. Every day was very different, I loved that I had the ability to create, but there was still something missing. A year into MPrint, I had my 5th back surgery due to a chronic condition. Thankfully I designed my office and work systems in a way to adapt to me no matter my physical health state, so production continued, however my emotional health TANKED. I always count this as my sign from the universe to go back to counseling and get some serious help. I honestly didn’t know how badly I was struggling, I was numb for years, just going through the motions and dissociating. I realized I didn’t know who the heck Mariah even was anymore. As I dug into my emotional trauma, and started processing and grieving, I was finally able to start finding out who I am and ultimately found out what I wanted MPrint to be.
I wanted to be more than a custom apparel shop. I wanted it to be something that matters. I wanted it to be a safe space for women to be themselves and I wanted my apparel to inspire them, and remind them they’re not alone! And this is where I found my true passion.
At MPrint we talk a lot about mental health and designing your life to work for you. I constantly want to spread the message that we are all capable of creating our ideal life. We have the power to set boundaries and we get to choose who we are and what we do.
MPrint also found our passion in helping and supporting other women owned businesses. It started with building connections with them and learning about their unique stories and how their dream came to life, their struggles and their triumphs. Having your own business can be very lonely. As an introvert, I thought I was fine with that, but once I got a taste of how amazing and uplifting it is to connect with ladies that get it, my mind was honestly blown. I always felt like an outsider, but connecting with these business babes made me feel like I finally found my tribe.
Now MPrint helps many business women with their business branding merchandise and it’s been absolutely incredible. We love to be a part of other entrepreneurs’ journeys and help bring their vision to life in our apparel! It’s safe to say MPrint has found their tribe over the last four years. We’ve connected with our ideal customers and can’t wait to see what connections will be built and align with our brand. We hope anyone that comes across the MPrint brand feels heard, seen, comfortable and inspires them to share their journey and to be so dang proud of who they are!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
All the coffee shops, baby! At MPrint we could live off coffee + wine, especially when it’s local coffee + wine! We would make our rounds to the local coffee shops! Stillwater, Dash and Cafe St Poi are just a few of my favorite local coffee shops near Marion. We’d probably make a little trip to Dubuque, IA as well to visit one of our favorite boss babes at Bob & Lou’s coffee camper! We could take our coffees to go and hike some trails with our pups. We would have to spend Saturday at Cedar Rapids farmers market to visit and explore some amazing local makers. While we’re downtown we could bike around and check out some small businesses in the New Bo area and Czech Village. We would absolutely have to hit up Villa’s Patio for my favorite Mexican food! Lastly, we’d enjoy a nice afternoon at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery listening to some live music and sipping on some delicious local wine. Spending our days outdoor and supporting local would make it the perfect trip to Marion, Iowa.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
MPrint would not be where we are today without our customers. To all the people who have been there since the beginning as well as our new customers and everyone in between. Each one of these beautiful humans chose to believe in us and our mission. They chose to become a part of the MPrint family, whether that was because they loved our apparel, our mission to be open about mental health or our drive to cheer on other business women! Our customers inspire us each day and are the reason we continue to do what we do! MPrint has shifted focus on building a community and striking up more vulnerable conversations and we wouldn’t have been able to make that transition and find our niche clientele if we didn’t have the customers we do, opening up and sharing their stories with us and joining along in our journey!
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I have been following @mprintmakeyourmark for a while now. The things I admire are she keeps her business simple and within the boundaries that she can “own” her own success with career and daily life. She commits time and effort to networking and supporting others with similar values to help raise them up. Others can learn from her to have the confidence to ask for or seek what inspires them to be their best at work or at home as Mariah has done. Thanks for sharing her story @shoutoutcolorado