LIMA — For the past 15 years, Mechell Broadwater has dedicated her time to making things pop and come alive through her business, Copper Shell Interiors.
Broadwater has always had an interest in the interior and design field. Her passion for design eventually led to her working on home projects for her friends.
It was not until she was in her 30s that her husband and her mother encouraged her to branch out and start her own interior and design business.
She took their advice and established Copper Shell Interiors, an interior and design business for commercial and residential spaces as well as events.
“I started the business with a paintbrush and I started painting for friends,” she said. “Then I learned how to do some specialty painting, faux finishes and things like that and then everything starting evolving from there.”
As she began to work on more projects and satisfy the needs of her customers, she began to build a rapport with her clients and through word of mouth her clientele started to evolve.
“I pride myself on having clientele and getting the repeat business,”she said. “That’s very important to me. I just make sure to take good care of my customers.”
When she was not busy designing, she kept herself busy working on projects for weddings and parties. She also started design consulting for remodels and new build remodeling.
“I just kept taking my business into a level to what was out there at the time because working for yourself is really hard and if there wasn’t a painting job I would just go out for the next thing,” she said.
Over the last 15 years Broadwater has worked on several projects throughout Lima — Trinity United Methodist Church, The Cut Above, Alliance for Women’s Health, Rockhold-Wentling, Skyline Chili and many businesses.
“I’m just thankful for when the work comes and that I still have the creativity where I can take it to different directions for people,” she said. “I enjoy working with the people and getting them to see and love what I’m doing. I take a part of them, and a little of me and the best part is when it is out of my head and done.”
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