Favorite Things: The Black Scintilla
Midtown OKC boutique offers more than a little to love
Photos by Carli Wentworth
Men’s, women’s and kids’ clothing, accessories of all kinds, playful pet-themed items and a rainbow of gifts … “scintilla” means “a tiny bit,” but the Midtown boutique named The Black Scintilla offers much more than that in terms of cool stuff to explore.
With inspiration stemming from travel, Rome being a favorite, the store has a crisp, modern aesthetic that only enhances the merchandise. Merchandise that Rachael Gruntmeir finds through her trips to market in L.A., not Dallas, something she believes is beneficial for our community. She’s also firm in the belief that everyone should be able to look and feel their best, so her store carries clothing from small to 3XL in both men’s and women’s fashion. Overall, The Black Scintilla offers the unique and eclectic with as much style as the owner herself.
Beard Oil, $24.99
“This beard oil is made locally from The Clad Stache. Great as a gift for your favorite bearded man in your life. Keeps the beard soft and smelling great!”
The Moustache Grower’s Guide, $9.99
“Whether it’s a Handlebar, a Fu Manchu or a Laser Loop, this illustrated guide will help men everywhere achieve the moustache of their dreams. Included are instructions for how to grow, groom, and maintain 30 classic and modern moustaches, as well as fashion advice on how to rock each look.” Classic Lumberjack or Steampunk-inspired Aeronaut, Crustache or Pyramid, “The Moustache Grower’s Guide will add
major style to any ‘stache.”
Bow Tie Bottle Stopper, $12.99
“This fun wine stopper with electroplate, featuring a large gold bow,
is a perfect item to have handy for your cocktail parties.”
Rise and Shine Sippy Cup, $8.99
“A great gift idea for a coffee-loving soon-to-be mom, or even for your own little one!
This little sippy cup is an eye-catching crowd pleaser.”
Fill-In-the-Blank Journal, $9.99
“This little book contains fill-in-the-blank lines to describe some aspect of kiddo love.
Just complete each line and voilà: You have a uniquely personal gift your kiddo will read again and again.
Make it as sappy, sassy or silly as you choose.”
Extra-Long Casual Tee, $19.99
“This is the only T-shirt you need to own. Seriously. It is incredibly soft, never shrinks and never fades.
These sell out so fast that I place orders for them every other week.” Available in 12 different colors.
Yay! Stemless Wine Glass, $12.99
This 18-ounce glass with metallic gold foil finish enlivens “any occasion you’re celebrating, and also makes a great gift. Throw a little confetti in the air, celebrate and look stylish while doing so.”
Kitty Paw Doorstop, $14.99
“‘I can has door open?’ In or out? Cats can never make up their minds. If you’ve decided to keep the door open, you can call on our Here Kitty Cat Paw Doorstop to prop it purr-fectly. Made of silicone rubber, this is not only funny but also extremely practical. It works so great that anytime you see the door of the store open, this stopper is in use. Even holds up to our high Oklahoma winds.”
Mustache Pacifier, $9.99
“If you want to be the hit at a baby shower, be sure to give this as your gift. There’s nothing more adorably wrong than a baby with a mustache. This pacifier is quality-molded from nontoxic plastic and baby-grade silicone, and supplied with a handy storage shell.”
Chic Envelope Zip Clutch, $34.99
“This chic clutch is a must-have for any wardrobe. Each clutch includes a detachable leather wrist strap and a detachable gold cross body strap. Numerous pockets [are] located inside, and all closures are gold.
But hurry in quick, because these always sell out fast.”
Blood Orange Lotion Bar, $11.99
“Made locally by Meg Rinehart from Local Lather, this is such a unique item in that it is a solid lotion bar.
To use, simply take the lotion bar out of the tin and begin rubbing on your hands. The natural heat from your body will heat up the bar and make it pliable to your skin. You’ll be smelling great all day long.” There are several scents to choose from in the store.
Dog Dishtowel, $9.99
“Show your love for your favorite four-legged ‘fur baby’ with this cotton dishtowel.”
OK Bison Coaster Set, $24.99
The owners of local vendor JL Woodworx “hand-make coasters of real wood that are hand stamped and absorbent. Perfect for at home or even to keep in your office.”
OKC Bracelets, sterling silver $69.99 and 14k gold $79.99
“These bracelets are a crowd-pleaser and hard to keep in the store. The coordinates engraved on the outside are the latitude and longitude of Oklahoma City. The inside inscription reads ‘Oklahoma City.’
What better way to show your love for this great city than with a timeless inscribed bracelet?”
► About Rachael
Rachael Gruntmeir didn’t always dream of being a store owner. The Oklahoma native has been fueled by creativity all her life, amassing degrees in marketing management from Oklahoma State University, as well as interior design and art history from University of Central Oklahoma and finding success as an interior designer in OKC. She was no stranger to hard work either. “I was always planning events, designing my own clothing – even as early as age 10,” she says. Furthermore, travel has been one of her favorite activities for years. All of those facets converged in April 2015, and The Black Scintilla was born. The staff recently has grown just a little, too: Rachael is pictured here with Oliver, her new kitten.