My top 10: Nikki Warren and Kim Grayson
Co-owners, MOCHA Butterfly Boutique
From the time Kim Grayson and Nikki Warren were little girls, they have had a passion for fashion and design with dreams of opening a boutique. In June they finally saw their dream manifested when they opened the MOCHA Butterfly Boutique in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.
But these entrepreneurs did not want to own just any boutique; they wanted their business to help others’ dreams come true, as well.
MOCHA is an acronym for Manifesting Our Creative Hidden Abilities.
“We do this by supporting independent designers,” Grayson says.
The store sells products made in the U.S., with 95 percent of its inventory coming from artists in Tulsa.
“It’s enjoyable to know that I can work in a creative outlet that not only fulfills my niche as a designer but also assists other creative individuals with theirs,” Warren says.
In addition to carrying local designers’ wares, the pair helps designers with all aspects of their businesses, from logo design to pricing garments.
“We help them have a voice in the retail community,” Warren says.
Italian food: We both love Italian food. Kim believes that many world problems can be solved over a great bowl of pasta. Our favorite restaurant is Villa Ravenna at The Farm.
Coffee: Kim loves Starbucks. She starts her day with a tall caramel macchiato with a half shot of espresso or a Cinnamon Dolce Latte.
Interior design: Interior design is one of Kim’s passions. She loves giving old furniture a new life.
“Chicagolicious” TV show: It is a guilty pleasure we love to watch. It’s our “1980s Dynasty” of today. We act out the parts in the store (no one is present, of course).
Shea Moisture: It is the best line out right now. It’s all natural and for everyone. Nikki’s favorites are the body products, and Kim’s favorites are the hair products for curly hair.
Fuzzy slippers: Nikki loves unique slippers.
Classic Cigars in the Brady Arts District: It’s a great place where Nikki and her husband hang out and unwind.
Autism advocacy: Autism is Kim’s biggest passion in life. She has a son with autism and pours a lot of her time into educating families about autism. She is in the process of making a documentary called “Answers for Asher.”
“Basic Black” by Cathie Black: It’s a book about getting ahead in the workplace. Kim has used it in her entrepreneurial and personal life.
Real Simple: We love magazines that have a variety of topics. This magazine has simple solutions to everyday problems. Kim likes the section in the magazine that gives alternative uses for everyday items, such as using magnetic spice containers to organize your office supplies.