Aloha! My name is Kerrie Ike and I live on the North Shore of Oahu. I began my venture in the mermaid business by buying crochet mermaid and hula outfits for babies with the hopes of reselling them. I got my start when the owner of a local children's boutique purchased two mermaid outfits. I debuted my business as "Magical Mermaids" at a baby expo in May, 2015. It was a lot of fun and turned out to be a big hit! It was there that I met an amazing photographer who graciously offered to take the photos for my website. :-)
As I progressed with my business, I reflected on what I could do to improve the quality of my products and began my own designs. I learned how to build a website and began selling my products online. Shop owners began referring me to their friends, and I was able to continue wholesaling.
Due to potential trademark concerns if I was ever to sell swimmable mermaid fins, I changed the name to Magical Mermaids Hawaii for a short time. After further research into trademark legalities, I changed my name for (what I hope will be the final time) to Mermajesty and applied for trademark. Currently, my products are in 7 stores. I am also a reseller for Fin Fun which has been popular for kids and adults alike! With expansion in mind, I purchased a vinyl cutter and heatpress and began designing customized tee shirts. I will be launching on Zulily next month. Fingers crossed for more amazing opportunities. :-)
I am excited to say that I will be the exclusive mermaid vendor at the upcoming Hawaii Ohana Marketplace scheduled to open in early 2017 in Kapolei. I'd like to create a unique experience including a hair and make up station and photo booth. I have been networking with several other businesses to make this happen, and I believe the potential for success to be incredible. Most of all, I believe in the fun and magic of creating a memorable experience at relatable pricing for locals and tourists alike. Here is my vision:
I'd like to create an environment where guests can experience Aloha and walk away feeling energized and inspired. I would like to have the best possible collection of mermaid items and related services. There are several elements that I aim to pull together to create the big picture.
Retail - Signature crochet mermaid and hula items, swimmable mermaid tails, jeweled mermaid tops, shirts, hats and jewelery. Textiles including nursery sets and comforters. Blacklight section - Shells, under the sea accessories.
Mermajesty Salon - The set up will include a vanity with a mermaid-inspired throne and offer mermaid makeovers (hair and make up), eyelashes, colored clip in extensions, natural hair products, hair styling tools, etc.
Magical Photo Booth - Photo booth will be filled with props including a large clam shell, Holiday card backdrop, and rotating tropical themes. I believe that this will be popular among tourists as they can leave with a memorable souvenier photos.
Mermaid Lagoon Cafe - Menu items will include specialty beverages served in souvenier cups, and a mermaid/under the sea themed menu.. I plan to serve food on plates that will also be available for purchase. I'd like to decorate the cafe area with mermaid-related paintings from artists around the world and have beautiful mermaid-inspired furniture. I'd also like to have an old fashioned juke box. How fun would that be!
Mermaid Putt Putt - Rooftop. This was a suggestion from one of the partners in the marketplace.
I definitely need the funds to make this happen, so I will be offering some really fun packages for those who donate.
$25 - Mermaid tee shirt - can be customized
$34 - Infant mermaid or hula crochet outfit
$50 Mermaid Hoodie - personalized or personalized brick at Hawaii Ohana Marketplace
$75 - Customizable canvas art and tee shirt
$100 - Personalized Glow in the Dark brick at the Hawaii Ohana Marketplace
$150 - Fin Fun Mermaid Tail and monofin, tee shirt
$200 - Mermaid party for up to 10 people with tail rentals and snacks
$300 - Fully catered mermaid party for up to 10 people with hair/make up and photo booth
$500 - Admission to a mermaid/pirate party at "Lost" Cabins.
$750 - Weekend at "Lost" Cabins including party.
$1,000 and up - Customized packages.