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  • The Myth. The Legend. #ShopGirlLois

             

                 Never have I been more grateful for a Facebook post than when I posted on October 7th, 2016 looking for a shop girl to help in the store.  At this point in time I had been open a year and a half with no permanent employees and friends were helping fill in when needed.  Needless to say my entire world revolved around these four walls.  My nerves were on edge as I knew it was time to let go of control a little and grow.  Enter #ShopGirlLois

                  I think we were both a little nervous as we sat outside the store and chatted on a bench.  I was new interviewing, still trying to wrap my head around the idea that I was a “boss”, and still didn’t quite know exactly what I was looking for.  I knew I needed someone to help fill in hours and complete daily tasks around the shop.  But what Lois quickly provided was so much more.

                  After a twenty minute chat or so {of which included me asking how she felt about champagne and snarky gift items} we agreed that she would soon start.  I tried my best to delegate duties and explain store procedures.  Luckily enough Lois was patient with me and even laughed at my lackluster jokes.  I often times found myself wondering what she was going home and telling her family about this new job and boss of hers.  Lol

                  But what happened next I never thought I would be so lucky to have.  Lois quickly blossomed from daily duties and small talk to genuinely loving and caring about each one of my customers and even giving me dating advice!  Lois not only never complains or has a single bad thing to say, she goes above and beyond.  She shows up early when I’m running behind.  She works long hours and does the dirty, hard, heavy lifting work to make pop up shops happen.  She volunteers her time with me at non-profits, teaches me all things Thunder basketball, assists with window displays, stays late after parties to help clean up, listens to songs she hates on our store playlist {Change} and completes a thousand other tasks throughout the store.  Some of which I’m sure I don’t even see.

                  Lois has been my backbone these past eight months.   She is the main reason we have been able to accomplish so many goals and try new things in the shop.  I never thought The BS would be where it is within the past two short years and so much of this is due to Lois’ hard working attitude. Not only has Lois been the dream employe, but she has quickly become one of my best friends.

                  So next time you’re in the neighborhood drop in and say hello to the amazing woman that is #ShopGirlLois

    10 Fun facts about #ShopGirlLois
    -          She will be attending law school in the fall
    -          Her favorite beverage is Dr. Pepper
    -          She has a 17 year old cat named Comet
    -          Her favorite place is London
    -          She is the middle child of three girls



    -          She’s single guys ;)
    -          She plays the violin and has an amazing singing voice
    -          She loves The Fast & The Furious movies
    -          She’s the biggest Thunder fan in town!



  • Let The Adventure Begin

    I am so excited and honored to announce that you are now looking at the newest proud member of Adventure Road!

    There's nothing better than being a tourist in your own backyard or what I like to call the entire state of Oklahoma!  There are so many wonderful restaurants and local retailers to explore & discover and Adventure Road is the perfect way to connect with these venues.  Not only will you be able to find a new local joint, but you'll also be able to learn about the people behind the business and their personal story. 

    Get online today and start planning your next adventure!


     

  • Breakfast with Mayor Mick Cornett

    As a new business owner, you are always excited for new opportunities to meet and connect with leaders within our wonderful community. However, when I received an email from Tammy Fate with the OKC Greater Chamberof Commerce one memorable morning, I was surprised by the invitation to meet and have breakfast with our Mayor!  

    At this point The Black Scintilla had only been open for four months and I was astonished that Tammy even knew about my boutique.  The email from Mrs. Fate was incredibly sweet and made me feel so honored.  What better way to start your day, right!?!  So I quickly responded with a YES!  

    The morning of September 3rd came around very quickly.  As I made my way up to the third floor of the Colcord Hotel, I was quickly greeted by Tammy and thereafter introduced to several other Chamber of Commerce board members, such as Roy Williams President & CEO.  As we sipped our coffee and mingled with all other attendees, the Mayor arrived.  We said our hello’s and then selected our breakfast from the buffet.  Breakfast was to be very casual (as casual as one can be with the Mayor) so there was no assigned seating.  As we indulged in the delicious meal prepared for us, Mr. Cornett began speaking about various projects that were currently underway across OKC.  One in particular that I am very excited about are the new trolley cars!  He also spoke about some new upcoming projects that would really add to our ever expanding community.  Several of the attendees, including myself, asked various questions and the Mayor was so wonderful to hear everyone out and answer each question very thoroughly.  

    Then the Mayor flipped the scripts on us and wanted to hear from each of us as to what we do and how we are connected to the City.  We individually went around the table introducing ourselves and briefly talking.  So many of the attendees present were with large companies such as Wendell Steward with Braum’s, Don Cox President of OFS and Dave King CEO of Exaptive.  Each person gave a great introduction and held us captive to their expansive business knowledge.  Then came my turn . . .

    As the attention turned toward me, I started to become nervous.  I was the only female guest in attendance and not only that, I was the only person that has one employee . . . myself!!!  I joked that surely Tammy must have sent me the email inviting me to breakfast by mistake!  Haha I spoke of my upbringing in OK from the age of three, my time spent earning my education at OSU and UCO, and my various travels abroad to study design.  Then three years ago I had decided to move out of state where I eventually opened a business.  But after being gone the short amount of time, it quickly made me realize just how amazing OKC and its people truly are.  So, because of that I packed my bags and on January 29th, 2015 I drove my U-Haul back into OKC.   With a lot of hard work and even more determination, I opened the doors to The Black Scintilla three months later.

    I was honored to not only be invited to meet such an impressive group of people, but so humbled to be able to tell my story.  That morning I was reminded that no matter the size of your business is or how long you’ve been operating, we can all learn from one another and work together to build the OKC community.  

    My deepest appreciation to Tammy Fate for the invitation.  Thank you for your kindness and all of the hard work you and the wonderful 

    Chamber of Commerce

    board members are doing in OKC.



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