Video: Pregnancy hobby in JA turns business venture for Kiddist McCoy
Home on bed rest due to complications arising from her pregnancy, Kiddist McCoy decided to sew a maternity pillow to ease her discomfort as she awaited the birth of her son, Jesse.
But before taking on the task of making the 60-inch long and 24-inch wide pregnancy pillow, McCoy made a couple of cushions to refresh her memory on the sewing lessons she received at her alma mater, Wolmer's Girls’ School.
Pleased with what she had done, McCoy shared photos of her work on her social media pages. But little did she know, she was setting up the first set of orders for her business, Jesse’s Home Décor.
Jesse’s Home Décor is the makers of pillows, cushions and cases for the purpose of decorating the home.
“I was home on bed rest due to complications from my pregnancy. I started out with the intention to make a pregnancy pillow. Before I made it, I made a set of cushions and posted it to my social media pages. Persons started liking and commenting on how beautiful they were and before you know it, I was getting orders,” McCoy said.
Her partner, Jerome Cowans, later suggested she turned her new-found hobby into a business, based on the volume of orders she was receiving.
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Cowans, who co-owns Jesse’s Home Décor, named after their newborn, has already added a new revenue stream – 'prints on a canvas'.
The couple now has their sights set on expanding even further to produce décor items for the office.
“We may even have to change the name to Jesse’s Décor,” McCoy remarked.
“We intend to become the home and office decor provider of choice. When you think of home/office decor you should only think of Jesse’s Home Décor. We want to carve out a name and become the top brand in the industry not only locally, but worldwide,” McCoy told Young People in Business.
In the meantime, McCoy and Cowans, who also serve as youth leaders, are looking to offer sewing classes in the Kingston central community of Parade Gardens, in a bid to help persons in the community gain additional income.