Meet Shanna Simon: Owner of Modern Sole Saskatoon
Tell us about your business?
Modern Sole in a locally owned and operated boutique located in Stonebridge. We carry a wide selection of quality brand name ladies footwear, handbags and accessories. Our goal is to provide women of Saskatoon with beautiful, unique additions to their shoe closets that are of a high quality and one of a kind pieces -while giving them a comfortable, fashionable atmosphere, and honest shopping experience.
How did you get started?
The business process started years ago with a deep love for fashion (specifically footwear) and business. Several years ago a plan was put into motion. The research and decision making process transitioned from paper to real life back in 2015. Both Chad and I come from backgrounds of family businesses. We are so grateful to have the unconditional love and support of our families throughout this process.
What inspires you?
Having the chance to be a part of the evolving Saskatoon fashion world inspires me to be apart of the business community.
What is your idea of a Modern Woman?
A Modern Woman is positive, up lifting and supportive to herself and everyone she surrounds herself with. I believe the Modern Woman is confident in herself, her style, and her surroundings.
What tips can you give to aspiring women entrepreneurs?
Never give up. Write your goals down and make a plan to see them through. Never be afraid to make a decision. You have to wake up everyday and decide to take as many steps as you can to get you closer to achieving your goals.
Do you think having a mentor is valuable both while you're starting out and even after you are more experienced?
Having a mentor is so important! If you can find someone in your community and in the field you desire to be apart of even better! Mentor's are people who have taken steps to be successful. Finding one who will support and help you along the way is a valuable piece to your personal success.
Do you feel a strong sense of community among business woman and female entrepreneurs in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan?
The community of business women in Saskatoon are nothing short of amazing. Every lady I have had the pleasure of meeting has been outstanding and supportive!
Check out this amazing store online at Modern Sole or treat yourself to some great shopping in person at 150- 3020 Preston Avenue, Saskatoon. Modern Sole is a GOLD Sponsor at the Modern Woman Show & Expo and will be bringing all their great brands to the event. Make sure to come and meet the team and shop on April 16th & 17th at Prairieland Park.
Interview by Chantal Schulte