Monday, July 6th I was heading into the store to clean and work on various projects that needed to be tackled while the store was closed. It was then that I received a bing bong on my phone notifying me that I received an email. (While at a stoplight) I briefly read the title of the email and immediately thought it was spam. I closed the phone and continued the drive. It wasn't until several hours later that I actually read the email in its entirety and realized it was in fact NOT spam! Haha
The email read . . .
This is Sarah again from the Oklahoma Gazette and I wanted to congratulate you for being a TOP 5 FINALIST in our Best of OKC nominations! We received over 30,000 paper ballot votes and over 113,000 online votes from our readers in the last two weeks and I wanted to let you know that OKC loves you and voted for you!
The category Black Scintilla (formerly Black Sheep) placed in the top 5 is: Best Women's clothing boutique, and Best new retail establishment to open after 6/1/14..
I was stunned! My sweet little store had only been open THREE months and I was completely unaware that voting was even taking place! I had done zero marketing and promoting for this and somehow YOU guys loved my store so much that I was in the TOP 5 FINALISTS!
In the long run, I may not have won the first place, but that doesn't even matter to me. I never once expected to be in the Gazette let alone be a FINALIST and especially not within months of being open! The fact that you guys support, encourage and tell all of your friends about the Black Scintilla is the best prize of all. Everyday I am overwhelmed with the love that you guys show to my boutique. I'm a thinker and a dreamer, however, I never dreamt how much love I would receive from you all.
I seriously can not thank you all enough for this amazing award. I am truly blessed by each and every one of you.
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