We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Rehmke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire, what are you inspired by?
I am constantly inspired by my love for music and my need to advocate and represent my music education background. When I started Musically Minted during the pandemic, I needed to find a way to express my creativity and love for music that was missing from the virtual teaching experience. As an elementary music teacher, I wanted to design products that represented my specific area of education. So often I saw the most adorable teacher shops and general education products and I always wanted to see music teacher or music education specific products. This inspiration is what started my music teacher inspired stickers and t-shirts, which has now transformed into stationery, enamel keychains and more. I see so many amazing music educators out there and I am lucky to have met many new friends and teachers through this business. I am inspired by the fantastic music teachers around me, my own personal students, music teacher stories, and music experiences that we all share. Most of my designs are inspired by real life events from the music classroom or experiences I have had through music teacher professional development and even some inside music teacher jokes. I hope that through this business I can advocate for the importance of music education, create music representation through my products, and share a love for music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If it wasn’t obvious by my business and products, I am an elementary music teacher here in Washington State. This is my sixth year teaching and I absolutely love it. I teach kindergarteners through sixth grade general music along with a before school honor choir. In my little spare time, I’m also a member of the Evergreen Orff Chapter board and enjoy planning professional development for music teachers. It hasn’t been easy to get to where I am today. Through many years of college, interviews and more recently, graduating with my master’s degree, it has been a long road to become the music teacher and business owner I am today. I am diagnosed with ADHD and it can make organization and daily tasks difficult and hard to manage. This is something I am still overcoming today, I’m always trying to find ways to stay organized and manage my ADHD. Even though there has been a few challenges, one of the most important things I’ve learned through starting this business on top of teaching is to not let anything stand in your way of doing what makes you happy. You don’t have to have everything figured out to start. If anyone takes anything away from my story and brand, it’s that anything is possible. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to both teach and run my business. I’m so thankful that God has opened these doors for me and has continued to provide opportunities for my business to grow.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had someone visiting me here in Puyallup Washington there are definitely some highlights and cool places I would show them. If we only had one Saturday in Puyallup, we’d make sure to start our day early. Our first stop would have to be Anthem Coffee. This is my favorite coffee shop and they have some really fun drinks and delicious food. My favorite drink is an iced chai. Not to mention the baristas there are so sweet and always make sure to ask about your day. Our next stop would be the Puyallup Farmer’s Market to walk around and shop and local businesses. Some farm fresh produce is some of my favorite things to buy. We could also take a walk through Bradley Lake Park, which is on of my favorite spots as well. Lunch would be easy, we’d pick up a charcuterie lunch box from Milk & Honey Charcuterie located in downtown Puyallup. Catherine has the best charcuterie around. After that we would head down towards Olympia to shop at 27 West Boutique for some cute outfits and accessories, also making sure to stop by Capital Blooms’ flower stand for a colorful flower bouquet. Amy’s bouquets are absolutely gorgeous. For dinner we’d head back to Puyallup for some delicious greek food at Giorgio’s Greek Cafe and Pizzeria. Definitely try the Greek Combo for Two to sample all the Greek food! A quick walk back through Pioneer Park would complete the perfect day in Puyallup Washington.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to my good friend and fellow small business owner Melissa Tennison. I met Melissa almost two years ago online through a Tik Tok live, which is wild I know! I love following her account with her sticker tutorials and other small business tips. Melissa also owns her own business, 3 Mile Lane Co and actually recently moved across the country to Kansas. She has the cutest products. From the very beginning of my business she has been an inspiration, a mentor, and friend to me. Early on in my business journey, I began receiving business coaching from Melissa which quickly developed into a great friendship. She has been there for me since the very beginning back in 2020 and even helped me design and launch my own website this past January. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders and is always giving me support, feedback and encouragement. I couldn’t imagine getting where I am today without her guidance and support. I don’t know how she does it as a full time mom and business owner, but she is doing absolutely amazing. I am so thankful to have Melissa in my corner and as a friend.