We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Wyatt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pamela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve always loved a good monogram and how it can take something ordinary and turn it into something customized and timeless. When I became a mom, I wanted ALL the embroidered pieces. After looking at my budget, I realized that I was spending so much money and started to really pay attention to quality and price. Mi Amiga Designs was born from a place of necessity and diversity. My business model is to make beautiful custom pieces at a price point that won’t break the bank. Women already have enough on their plates at work, home, and socially. Sometimes, you just want to order something for yourself or a loved one without having “buyers remorse”. Mi Amiga Designs achieves this goal! I also love that I am a Latina in a field that is under-represented by minorities. I want to show others that being an entrepreneur is obtainable if you put your mind to it!
What should our readers know about your business?
My business, Mi Amiga Designs, is based on a foundation of customer service and building relationships along with a brand. I like to say that my prices are structured “by a friend, for a friend” which is where my name “Mi Amiga” came from. I really take pride in my work and want to always provide a service that is budget friendly and classic. Are there others that can do what I do? The answer is maybe. However, I will always go above and beyond to provide a level of customer service that leaves my clients with no doubt that we are “amigas” through the whole process. This ensures that every single customer is pleased with the product, that what the imagined has come to fruition. As a mama to 3 small kids, I believe that it’s so important for my children to see me going after my dreams and turning my idea into a successful business. That they see mama working late nights and giving it my all. I want them to understand that my small business is a dream with an action plan. At the end of the day, I want to deliver quality and affordable products that leaves a smile on my customers faces.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a self-proclaimed “Fort Worth Enthusiast”. I love living in Fort Worth and seeing my city really growing and expanding! I would say some of the top things to do would be breakfast at Press Cafe followed by a visit to the Farmers Market at Clearfork. We’d then make our way to see the cattle drive in The Stockyards. Since we’re already down that way, it’s only fitting to have lunch at the one and only Joe T. Garcia’s (complete with their famous margaritas)! After a little post-lunch siesta, I’d take my amiga to a few museums like the Amon Carter or Kimbell. Dinner, without a question, would be at Heim BBQ and maybe if we have room, Melt ice cream for dessert. Night time entertainment would be catching a comedy show by 4 Day weekend and dancing at Billy Bobs.
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?
I could not do what I do without the partnership I have with my husband, Chris. He picks up the slack and helps with our kids and everything else so I can live out my dream. He brews coffee for late nights, changes diapers, cooks dinner, and does so much more when I am working on designs and embroidering pieces. My friends and family have also been so supportive of my ideas and dreams. They are constantly encouraging me from the sidelines and pushing me to achieve greatness. Lastly, my sweet kids who don’t quite yet understand that mama is working hard to make my small business succeed. Find your people, your tribe, and never let them go.