Hardware Retailing

MAY 2018

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HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2018 126 Mother-Daughter Duo Talk Revitalizing Neighborhoods, 'Good Bones' TV Show Opening Doors, New and Old W hen Indianapolis native Mina Starsiak Hawk graduated from Indiana University in 2007, she was ready to begin her career and build a space she could call home. With the support of her mom, Karen E Laine, she was able to buy a house close to downtown Indianapolis. However, she knew she'd have to roll up her sleeves and get to work, because the home dated back to the early 1900s and needed major repairs and upgrades. While rehabbing homes was a new endeavor for Starsiak Hawk, Laine had fond childhood memories of helping her parents complete DIY projects around their house. This early exposure to demolishing the old and building the new made Laine eager to help her daughter with her home rehab project. After helping her daughter by her house, she spent the weekends with Starsiak Hawk working on the home. "Around the same time that Mina bought her first house, I had bought a home in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis to use as an office for my law firm," Laine says. "We renovated Mina's home and my office. After working on those homes, we started buying more old buildings that had become eyesores in the neighborhood, and we took to rehabbing them. By the fourth home we bought and rehabbed, Mina suggested we give our work a name, and our company Two Chicks and a Hammer was born." As their business was starting to take flight, Laine was practicing as a lawyer full time and Starsiak Hawk was waitressing full time. Their weekends were busy working on one of their many projects. When Starsiak Hawk was contacted by a production company that saw their side business as something worth showcasing, she had no idea how much their business would grow. "We had a lot of great ideas, but with our full-time jobs, we really didn't have a lot of time to do any more than about two house renovations a year," Starsiak Hawk says. "We were always coming up with great ideas on how we could grow our company, but we weren't able to see anything to completion. So when I was contacted by a production company interested in us and our story, it just felt like it was meant to happen." By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org

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