Altavista On Track held a ribbon-cutting for Respect My Drip Friday afternoon. The new clothing store is now open for business in the same building as Clipperz Kutz, the recently-opened barber shop and hair salon on Broad Street.
Brandon Ceasar, 22, is the founder and owner of Respect My Drip, or RMD for short.
“It feels good,” Ceasar said about opening his own business downtown.
Ceasar’s mother, Yolanda Ceasar, was likewise pleased with her son.
“I’m very, very proud of him,” she said. “He’s always been into entrepreneurship.”
Ceasar loves clothes, and said he often draws inspiration from Instagram and other sources to come up with his own original designs. He started working with his mother, who owns Peace Haven Home Care, off and on after high school, and started making hoodies last year.
Ceasar’s mother gave all of her children the option of getting a job, going to college or starting a business after high school. At the ribbon cutting, she joked that Ceasar spends so much money on clothes that it only made sense for him to open a clothing store.
“Take your passion and make a business for yourself,” she said she told Ceasar about starting a business. “Provide for yourself and your future family.”
Once the opportunity came up for Ceasar to open up shop in downtown Altavista, he moved quickly. He first heard about his current location little more than one month ago.
“I’m like ‘hey let’s go to the mall,’ he’s like ‘no, no, no, I want to do something right here in Altavista,’” Ceasar’s mother said.
One of Ceasar’s goals was to bring clothes that one might otherwise have to go to Roanoke or Lynchburg to find to Altavista. The store has everything from sunglasses of all colors and sizes to white, black or blue jeans, designer T-shirts and more.
“It’s pretty nice for the size of the town,” Ceasar said.
Ceasar also makes music, and is currently working on an EP. Ceasar said he plans to use his clothing business to help his music career.
Ceasar’s sister, Bianca Younger, who also owns Your Site Staffing, will also be working some at Respect my Drip.
When asked if he had any words of advice for other entrepreneurs, Ceasar responded simply:
“They can do anything if they put their mind to it.”