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Conversations with Mariah Cararo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariah Cararo.

Hi Mariah, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Most “transplants” go through a period where they are extremely homesick. I was no exception. I started collecting vintage teacups, China dishes, kitchenware anything that reminded me of home and my grandmother. There is a little thrill finding treasures in the wild and my collecting was quickly becoming hoarding. I stared an online store selling some items that I didn’t absolutely love so I had room to bring ones I did. I was surprised to find most of my customers were brides and I really enjoyed having a part in making their day special. That’s when my cousin had suggested I start renting my pieces. One thing led to another and here I am.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Owning your own business is a bumpy road that is what makes the success so rewarding. My biggest obstacle has probably been myself. In general as business owners we tend to hold ourselves to unrealistic standards that can be overwhelming. The struggle to balance business and family. Doubting our own ideas or decisions. We forget people aren’t generally sharing their failures and it is easy to compare your low to someone else’s high.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Set and Styled is a curated tableware rental and styling service. We offer a large variety of hand picked vintage and modern pieces. We work with every client to design a customized tablespace of their dreams. Let us create unforgettable memories for you send your guests.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
The best advice I can give for networking is social media. Introduce yourself to similar professionals in your area. I have also found that people are more likely to share ideas and mentor others if you are not their completion so make sure to reach out to similar businesses that are located in a different area/state.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: set_and_styled
  • Facebook: Set and Styled Curated Rentals

Image Credits

Terri Images, Wild love photo, Amanda Zabrocki photo, and Everence photography

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