MIDLOTHIAN — Behind every business is a story, and at Signs and Designs by Sabrina is an unforgettable tale.
Two best friends, both surviving death-defying odds and currently empowering young women and entrepreneurs through the workforce, Sabrina Vergara and Saundra Mosley are a powerhouse duo.
“It was a godsend in how we met in our friendship and how the business has grown,” expressed Vergara, owner and graphic artist for Signs and Designs by Sabrina.
With a background in graphic design and experience in exhibit businesses, Vergara began her hobby business in 1991, morphing into what it is today.
Celebrating their first year on East Main Street this coming June, the market has been exploding with success. From designing logos to creating unique business cards, websites, and all things specialized in branding — there is more that meets the eye at this graphics company.
The best friends first met at a concert through a mutual acquaintance and Vergara and Mosley immediately hit it off.
“We shook hands when I met her, and it was like we knew we’d always be friends,” Vergara recalled.
Besides sharing the same “kindred spirit” necklace, the jewelry resulted in a quick connection, and the friends soon found more things in common.
“I had a bad accident and died, and she’s had things happen to her,” Vergara began her story.
“And I had two kidney transplants, been in a coma, died twice and our meeting was just like ‘Wow,’” interjected Mosley, operations manager of Signs and Designs by Sabrina.
On July 24, 2010, Vergara had a horseback riding accident, landing on a hitching post and breaking everything on her left side. Along with puncturing her lungs and a lacerated spleen, Vergara was immediately rushed to the hospital.
“I remember everything until hitting that post, then the dirt from the care flight where I died, and they had to revive me. And then I remember them waking me up to sign paperwork for my surgery,” she nodded.
Being on life support for 13 days, Vergara regained consciousness with the accident serving as an eye-opening experience and motivating her to pursue her passions.
In contrasting similarities, Mosley’s body started to reject her pregnancy in 1995, resulting in a quick physical deterioration.
“My body was shutting down just two weeks after conception. So having my daughter at 26 weeks, she’s 23 now and perfect,” Mosley said.
After giving birth, Mosley’s condition worsened, and she went on kidney dialysis just a few months later. With a terrifying episode of Grand Mal seizures, Mosley also went into a coma.
“The seizures were the worst kind, and I ended up getting on a care flight helicopter and going into a comma,” Mosley recollected.
After the trauma, Mosley miraculously pulled through with no side effects and a possible kidney donor.
“Six months later a transplant came through from a little boy, which was perfect because three other ones had to be turned away because I was so skinny at that time,” Mosley explained the difficulty in finding a kidney donor. “So a child’s kidney was all that was going to be able to fit in me.”
Having received the kidney, Mosley’s transplant of ten years surprisingly rejected her body. The kidney mutated her antibodies to attack her kidney more severely, putting her back on dialysis in 2005.
“An old friend of mine, her little sister, said that God told her in church that she would be giving someone a kidney,” Mosley remembered. “She later contacted me, got tested, and it ended up that her kidney was a perfect match, including her antibodies, which is a miracle."
Ironically, Mosley’s friend later introduced her to Vergara four years later.
“She’s the one that brought us together,” Vergara affirmed.
“We started talking and spending time together, and she needed help with her business,” Mosley began. “So she asked me if I’d help, and I said, ‘Sure.’ And after a while, she said, ‘I think I could work with you. I know I can’t with most anybody, but I think I can with you."
“It’s very rare,” Vergara chuckled.
“We hear that women can’t work together, much less best friends,” Mosley added with a laugh. “Sabrina and I both know our places and have respect for each other's work, and what each other brings to the table. I couldn’t do what she does, and she couldn’t do it without me.”
Through an inseparable friendship, Vergara and Mosley together turned Signs and Designs by Sabrina from a garage hobby into a profitable storefront.
“Business is doing well because of the way it’s run and how we talk to our customers,” Mosley articulated. “We don’t just make customers — we make friends that we see all over town all the time.”
“We try to network our customers all the time. If one needs something, we try to hook them up with another person,” she included.
By networking and building a trustworthy reputation, Vergara also adds that their business also focuses on the next generation.
“We offer entrepreneurship's, so when a young adult starting a business comes to us, we give them a huge discount to get them started off. And we ask later that when they continue to use us, then they start paying big boy prices,” Vergara chuckled.
“If you’re young and trying to work instead of being lazy and on the street, of course, we’ve got to help you. I was young once and wanting to do something but had no one behind me. Ever since I started this, it’s been my lifeblood, I just have to do it,” she included.
Not stopping there, the graphic business also inspires and hires young women to learn a trade skill and become business minded.
“I don’t want to see a girl working somewhere she hates, when she can do something more than that here,” Vergara encouraged. “I know that teaching them gives them another set of skills, and it’s not that we don’t like to work with male companies, we do, but we’ve just had great success with girls.”
“We have fun and enjoy what we do. That’s why I want to hire young kids because I want to show them that you don’t have to be all grouchy at work, but they can be happy,” she nodded.
“We want to show that it can be done, that women can get out there and start their own businesses,” Mosley encompassed.
Already looking for a second building to expand their service, both Vergara and Mosley are confident their working friendship will not quit.
“It’s worked for us here, and our clients love that we work together, and we have fun,” Vergara expressed. “We’d like to open it up a little bigger and pass it on, but we like what we do, and we love our customers.”
“We haven’t had a client come in here that we’re not friends with, and that’s the great thing,” Mosley included. “So the community as a whole is very supportive.”
As for the future of Signs and Designs by Sabrina, these two unbreakable women will continue to take one day at a time, working side by side.
“Everything fell into place, and God put one step after another,” Mosley smiled.
“We’re best friends, and we get along at work,” Vergara finished with a grin.
To connect with Signs and Designs by Sabrina, visit signsbysabrina.com or call (469)-612-7446.
Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer