We had the good fortune of connecting with McColl Sims and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi McColl, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I guess I’d have to say, I wanted to create something bigger than myself. A platform that could allow my son to witness me put hard work, dedication, and mustard seed-sized faith into it. Starting my business also has me in a position to pour into my community. Being able to help and give back to my people in my hometown is a hell of a feeling.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I launched my online boutique Modish in November 2019, so I’m a newbie to the world of entrepreneurship. I’m most proud of the fact that I stepped out of my comfort zone and started a business that I never thought I’d start. It’s amazing how things seem to fall into place when you allow God to work in your life. I’m faced with challenges regularly, but I keep my eye on the prize, take each loss as a lesson, learn from it, and flip it into a win. If anyone could take something from looking at my brand and my life, I would want it to be that no obstacle can get in the way of what’s for you. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness back in 2013, and not a soul would know unless I told them so. Even with this invisible disease, I will continue to slay these streets while being impeccably dressed!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh, that’s easy! My city, Savannah, GA is small, but it’s filled with some of the most bomb establishments. First, we’d grab a bottle or two of wine and head over to Melted Grape (which is black-owned by the way) and make our very own custom soy wax candles while sipping our wine. We’ll already be downtown, so once we’re all done making candles, we’d go grab something good to eat from pretty much anywhere with good seafood (we love our seafood in the C-Port) accompanied with more drinks. Now, that we’ve coated our stomachs, we’ll end the night at one of my favorite bars, Jen’s & Friends to indulge in her world-famous signature martinis. 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?
Well, of course, my first shoutout has to go to my mother, Wanda Sims. She is most definitely my biggest cheerleader. Without my mother’s love, guidance, wisdom, and “straight no chaser” parenting, I would be completely lost in this world. Next, would be my two older sisters, Tealy & Nee-Nee. I own an online boutique, and since the launch of my business, my sisters have been with me every step of the way. My blood sisters don’t even ask for discounts from my clothing brand (LOL) and that is what I consider to be true love and respect. My little cousin, LaTasha Breaker would be next on the list. She’s one of the dopest makeup artists I’ve come across. Whenever I call her in need of her services, she’s right there to get me right. And then, there are true friends. Those friends who uplift, encourage, support, and hold you down like four flats on a Cadillac. I call those two Courtney & Amanda.
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