Tell us about your experience being an entrepreneur.
My entrepreneurial experience has been a rollercoaster. I had my high and low moments. I know what it’s like to lose and rebuild myself from taking risks that didn’t go as planned. It’s all about learning from your mistakes and mentally moving forward. I became an entrepreneur when I was in college. I wrote and directed two stage plays and I took the plays on tour. In my early 20s, I was very active doing community service in my hometown. When I graduated from college, I was a promoter at our local skating rink. I started teen night at the Roller Dome. The goal was to give the teens something to do. My sister and I founded the Mr. and Miss Hopkinsville Pride Scholarship pageant. My sister was the pageant coordinator and I was just the motivated vessel. I had a lot of energy back then. I didn’t believe in having an idea and not bringing it to life. I also had an opportunity to lease a skating rink business and that’s where my experience as an entrepreneur became a rollercoaster ride. When I got off that ride, I was very dizzy. I learned a lot about business and honestly, I’m still learning from that experience.
What inspired the concept of “Dear Future Husband, Hi”?
Dear Future Husband, Hi started in May of 2020. At this time, the world is experiencing the Pandemic, I had been furloughed from my job and I was working in retail. I was new to Atlanta and I experienced the feeling of loneliness. I was also healing from a previous business endeavor that didn’t succeed. Writing is my therapy so I decided to write letters to my future spouse. I wanted my letters to be a book so I got the letters edited and the editor suggested I do a blog. I got on social media and started writing Dear Future Husband posts. People started to gravitate to it so I put Dear Future Husband, Hi on a t-shirt and it sold. I saw the power of social media and from reading people’s comments, I know Dear Future Husband, Hi has great potential to be something big so I trademarked it. I mentioned being dizzy from my previous business endeavor. Dear Future Husband, Hi brought me back to life. I came out of a dark place and became a motivated vessel again.
Tell us about your merchandise and where it can be purchased?
As of right now, I offer Dear Future Husband, Hi T-shirts and journals. The merchandise can be purchased on my website at shanamccombs.com/collections/all
I also have an Instagram page which is dearfuturehusband_hi. A potential buyer can click the link in my bio and make their purchase there.
How has the definition of marriage changed over time?
It’s hard for me to answer this question because I have never been married and I still live in my fairytale world but through having conversations with married people, I would say the definition of marriage has changed to overrated.
How has this project been received?
Dear Future Husband, Hi has been received as a brilliant, clever, and cute idea. People love the manifestation standpoint and the concept of writing letters to their future spouse. The brand strikes great conversation. People desire to be loved and people need healing from past relationships. What I love about Dear Future Husband, Hi is it deals with writing letters which is a form of communication. There is probably a couple in the world struggling with communicating with one another. Writing letters to each other could possibly help them with their communication barriers.
Where would you like to see this project in the next five years?
In the next five years, I would like to see Dear Future Husband, Hi developed into a film. I want the brand to have a strong social media following and appeal to a diverse market. I also want the brand to have more merchandise outside of apparel and journals.
dearfuturehusband_hi on Instagram.
website is www.shanamccombs.com
About Shana McCombs
The daughter of the late Walter and Monica McCombs, Shana McCombs was born in Hopkinsville, KY. She has two biological siblings, five adopted siblings, two nieces and two nephews .
Shana started her freshman year of college at Kentucky State University in 2008. At Kentucky State University, she continued her basketball career and was a member of the women’s basketball team. She also became part of the student government association as Miss Junior 2010-2011 and Miss Kentucky State University 2011-2012. During her role as Miss KSU, Shana fell in love with service.
That year, she toured her first written and directed play, Let Go! Let God!. During her stop in her hometown, Hopkinsville, Shana had the opportunity to do a community service project benefiting Habitat for Humanity. The purpose of the show was to financially assist Habitat for Humanity with building a home for a Kentucky State University Alumni.
Shana went on to graduate from KSU, cum laude, in 2012.
After graduation, Shana set off to continue entering to learn and going forth to serve as her alma mater taught her. She spent the majority of her 20s servicing her hometown. She reactivated the Kentucky State University Hopkinsville Alumni Chapter and served as the President. She started Teen Night at the local Roller Dome with efforts to get teens off the street and she partnered with her sister, Bridgette McCombs-Victor, and founded the Mr. and Miss Hopkinsville Pride Scholarship Pageant.
Shana continued her education at Sullivan University where she earned her Masters in Business Administration. With this new wealth of knowledge, she relaunched the Roller Dome in Hopkinsville and she served as a Board of Director at the Hopkinsville Community College.
Shana believes in giving back and that you do not have to be rich to give back.
She also uses her writing prowess to serve meaningful, full productions to her community. She wrote, directed, and produced two stage plays including Let Go! Let God and the sequel I said Let Go!
She is now the founder of Dear Future Husband, Hi. A brand that encourages those with aspirations to be married to write letters to their future spouse.