Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Dreams Do Come by Pat Simmons

I’ve been asked, if I wasn’t writing Christian novels, what would I do? I had a list of possibilities: become a certified genealogist, a child advocate, a St. Louis tour guide, and, at one time, a business owner.

A strip mall near my house had a thriving Kmart as an anchor store. When it closed in 2018, it was the last Kmart store in St. Louis County.

Since then, the building has been dormant, decaying, and begging for a new lease on life. I often imagined buying the building and calling it Simmons Sewing Store. With the mega space, I would sell fabric and notions, have a quilters' and knitters' corner, offer sewing lessons with a monthly fashion show where sewers could show their skills on the runway, and of course, have vendors who sell their crafts on consignment. I would hire residents from the community.

It was a dream that came true—not for me but for fellow author Kacie Starr Long. She is the founder and CEO of Sew Hope, located in another strip mall near me.

I dare any seamstress to walk out of her place empty-handed. Not possible. It’s an organized fabric hub and a community sewing room.

I realized what I imagined is exactly what Kacie did, and I’m happy for her. On a recent visit, I found her chatting with a customer. Then, she invited me to a monthly community sewing adventure, where I could bring my fabrics and supplies to cut and sew for eight dedicated hours to complete a project—no interruptions. I never thought of that!

I love Kacie’s concept and vision. Can’t wait to join the sewing community. Visit her at


Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked in radio, television, and print media for over twenty years. She is on the Christian Book Lovers Retreat (CBLR) board as a publicist. Visit her at

 Check out her new release: Days Are Coming

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1 comment:

  1. Every time I drive by a large store I imagine what I would do with it if I could purchase it. My answer changes with whatever is happening in my life.