Rialand Jones HeadshotName:
Rialand Jones aka Lammar, Director of Deliciousness & Chief Pop Master at Lammar Marie’s Gourmet Popcorn

Years in Business:
2

What did you want to be as a child?
That’s a tough one to remember. I had to call my mom for this one. According to her I wanted to be a pyrotechnics or demolitions guy. Basically, anything that involved explosives.

What’s the best piece of business advice you received when starting out?
Don’t be afraid to “fail.” Learn from everything and keep moving forward.

What is the biggest sacrifice you’ve made in starting or running your business?
Time with my family.

When did you first realize that your business was going to succeed?
I first realized my business was going to succeed when a mentor of mine helped me realize that sometimes in business you have to pivot, and that you always have options.

What’s the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
Most mornings the first thing I do is take some pre-workout, then read/have quiet time of reflection and prayer while the pre-workout kicks in, then hit the gym. Morning workouts get me juiced for the day!

How did you come up with the name for your business?
It actually started off as kind of a joke. But the more I said it out loud the more I liked it. I really wanted it to have the “feel” of high-end woman’s shoe or handbag.

When did you last meet someone who inspired you?
Last week at a vendor show in Atlanta.

What characteristic do you most admire in other business owners?
Their creativity, tenacity, and their “bounce back.”

What does the world need more of?
Gratitude, and true generosity.

If you had 3 more hours in a day, what would you do with them?
I’d probably use part of it to sleep and the rest as hobby time. I think that would be the best use of 3 more hours in this season of my life.

Which of your personal traits makes you proudest?
My work ethic.

Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night?
Probably the same thing that keeps most biz owners at this level awake. How do we continue to grow and reach the next milestone while staying true to our brand and taking care of employees and contractors? Especially after I’ve taken a “gamble” on something that I think will move that process along a little faster.

Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently when you first started out?
I most certainly would have negotiated a few things differently.

What does success mean to you?
First and foremost, success to me means my family is taken care of. Then it’s making sure my employees are taken care of. Then it’s making an impact.

Has learning from a mistake ever led you to success?
Oh heck yeah! I’ll just leave it at that.

What’s the best thing about being a local business owner?
The best thing to me is getting to meet so many other local business owners and people in the community. We can do so much in our local areas without all the red tape as these huge companies.

Veteran owned, Lammar Marie’s Gourmet Popcorn features a creative assortment of savory and sweet flavors including chicken & waffles, loaded baked potato, jalapeno nacho, snickerdoodle, pumpkin spice, lemon cheesecake, and more. They are located at the intersection of Church and Lauderdale in Short Pump.