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From a young age, Rachael Gruntmeir, a Oklahoma native, was always extremely creative. From grade school to high school she was constantly winning art awards in Enid, OK and pursuing all creative outlets. When she was fourteen years old her love of Egypt and her artistic abilities collided and she began painting her bedroom to resemble an Egyptian chamber. It took her ten months to complete the project, but the outcome was spectacular. After high school Rachael attended college at Oklahoma State University where she obtained a degree in Marketing Management.
It was during this time that Rachael realized she still craved a more hands on creative field in which to work. She then moved to Oklahoma City and began attending the University of Central Oklahoma.
While at UCO she was selected to participate in the elite Charles Evans Studio where she was able to refine her design skills and complete her portfolio. She was also the winner of the NEWH 2008 Scholarship from the Dallas, TX chapter. Rachael graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a Minor in Art History. Gruntmeir also served as the Philanthropic Chair for the International Interior Design Association and in 2012 won the Volunteer of the Year award for the Oklahoma City City Center.
While attending the university, Rachael would take excursions abroad with her mentor, Buffy Hughes, to study design even further in places such as Italy and France. This is where Rachael discovered her true love for other cultures, people and unique ways in which people all over the world design their own spaces. On one trip to Rome in particular, Rachael was highly effected by the numerous boutiques that bordered Vatican City. This would be a place that would stick out in her mind for years to come.
Rachael pursued a successful career as an interior designer in Oklahoma completing design jobs such as the Café 7 downtown location in the First National Center. In 2012 Rachael moved out of state where she started and ran a clothing boutique. This experience gave her the knowledge and experience she would need before realizing there is no better place to open a boutique than in Oklahoma. In January of 2015 she moved back to Oklahoma City to open the boutique of her dreams. She was able to draw upon her design background and experiences traveling abroad in order to create a space that is not only beautiful but highly functional.
The Black Scintilla
The Black Scintilla brings a true boutique feel to the heart of Midtown without a high end price tag. The BS carries clothing sizes from small to 3XL in both men’s and women’s fashion. This was an extremely important decision for Rachael. She believes that no matter the budget size or body size, every person deserves to feel and look their best. She strives to give each person a personal shopping experience every time they walk in the door.
When Rachael is not in the store working, she enjoys a variety of activities. Biking, trying new local restaurants, playing with her two beautiful nieces, a good pair of high heels, designing her own clothing, jigsaw puzzles, hiking, and spending quality time with her wonderfully supportive friends are just a few of those things. At the top of her list of activities, however, is her love of travel. With the stores continued success, Rachael still manages to find time to pursue her dreams of discovering and experiencing all the wonderful things that this exciting world has to offer.