Moms on the Move: Kim Grayson & Nikki Warren
Meet Mom on the Move Kim Grayson and her business partner, Nikki Warren. These active moms just opened the MOCHA Butterfly Boutique in the Brady Arts District.
The MOCHA Butterfly Boutique is a store that specializes in highlighting local and independent designers and artists. MOCHA is an acronym that stands for Manifesting Our Creative Hidden Abilities and the premise of the shop is for customers to find exclusive and unique items that have been handcrafted and made in the U.S. This fun store features an eclectic group of designers featured in the only retail shop in the Brady Arts District and customers can find clothing, accessories, artwork, and even consignment furniture pieces.
Kim Grayson and Nikki Warren, co-owners of the boutique and local moms, have known each other since their days at Booker T. Washington High School. They were excited to partner together to open this unique store and support indie arts and designs in the process.
"Nikki and I have been friends since high school," says Kim. "She has had this idea for a while and needed someone who was equally passionate about fashion. She knew that I was a lover of fashion and supporting local businesses."
Kim has two children, Asher, 8, and Sophie, 4. Both of her kids are excited about the new store, which opened last month. "Every butterfly Sophie sees is now the 'mocha butterfly', and my son loves coming to the store and smelling all of the organic soaps," says Kim.
This new venture has kept Kim on her toes.
"The hardest part is juggling your time," says Kim. "I am not just a boutique co-owner and a mom. I am a wife. I am an advocate for Autism. I have a non-profit, Supporting Autism Socially, and I am filming a documentary focusing on autism and I am a political consultant. Just to name a few! My goal is always set time for family first. The activities fall in around family time."
Autism is close to Kim's heart because her son, Asher, has autism. The documentary she's working on is called "Answers for Asher". The purpose of the film is to provide hope for parents who's kid have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This year they introduced Autism's Got Talent and plan to continue the event next year. It was hugely successful and showcased ASD kids and their talents.
Nikki's son also loves the new boutique.
"My son loves coming into the boutique to see all the cool items and colors that we offer," says Nikki. "He sees that I am happy, so that sparks his excitement to see his mom heavily involved with the work that I do."
Nikki has enjoyed watching her son develop into an outstanding young person over the years. "It's a good feeling to see him be kind and caring to not only me but others," says Nikki. "It's very rewarding, but it feels like just yesterday I was bringing him home from the hospital!"
Both women love that they are able to help designers and artists through the MOCHA Butterfly Boutique. They provide assistance with everything from creation to logo design to marketing.
"We really want to help local designers get their foot in the retail door," says Kim. "We want to help them manifest their creative, hidden abilities."
This unique boutique also sells consignment furniture, which appeals to the ladies' desire to go green. People are encouraged to bring a piece or two from home to make some extra cash.
With so much on their plates with the store opening in June, both moms plan to keep things simple for their families this summer. Kim is hoping for some short weekend getaways with her kids and Nikki's family plans to do lots of swimming and have extended family come to visit.
The MOCHA Butterfly Boutique is located at 216 North Main Street, Tulsa, Ok, 74103. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 11am to 7pm and Saturday’s noon to 5pm. The phone number is (918)794-0795.