Mina Starsiak Hawk takes the lead on ‘Good Bones’
With risk comes reward, conventional wisdom has it, and in Season 5 of HGTV’s Tuesday series “Good Bones,” Mina Starsiak Hawk takes on more of the former in pursuit of the latter.
With her mom, lawyer Karen E. Laine, out of the ownership picture of their Indianapolis-based renovation company Two Chicks and a Hammer, Starsiak Hawk has taken the lead not only on more remodeling projects but also opening a storefront in town while undergoing IVF treatments to become pregnant with her second child with husband Stephen Hawk.
“It’s definitely a little bit stressful,” the 35-year-old admits. “I think just the biggest part is there’s always risk in real estate but now we’re taking another risk with the storefront. And so many people that I employ are family or practically family, so … there’s definitely those periods where we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, am I going to be able to pay my family salaries this month?’-kind of thing. And we always figure it out.
“But in the meantime,” she adds with a laugh, “I want to (scream) trying to figure it out.”
Those headaches are no longer for Laine, who gave up her share of the business to spend more time with her husband Roger, who retired three years ago. But while she too is technically retired, she’ll still be helping her daughter with renovation projects, acting in the role of labor rather than management.
“So she doesn’t have to worry about quarterly tax payments and … managing employees and all the nonfun, nonglamorous parts of it,” Starsiak Hawk says. “She just gets to do the fun stuff now.”
Full name: Mina Nicole Starsiak Hawk
Birth date: Nov. 26, 1984
Family ties: Has a 23-month-old son, Jack, with husband Stephen Hawk, an actor
Alma mater: Indiana University-Bloomington
Other TV credits include: “Building Brady,” “A Very Brady Renovation,” “Rock the Block”