Q&A with Painted Door’s Avis Scaramucci

Friday, August 27, 2021

by Nate Fisher


Editor's note: Next month, Chamber member The Painted Door will celebrate its 30th birthday. We sat down with owner Avis Scaramucci to hear about the roots of the business, keys to long-term success, her involvement with various organizations all over OKC, and a little about what’s coming as Old Spaghetti Factory prepares to open their doors in the former Nonna’s space.


VeloCityOKC: First of all, tell us just a little bit about why you got into business in the first place back in 1991. What were your goals then as a business owner?

Avis Scaramucci: Well, to be honest, we have two children, and for all of their “growing up” years, I was a stay-at-home mom. I have a degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma. But I chose to raise the family and do all of the taxi cab driving and everything that’s required as they grow and be actively involved in whatever they were involved in. So that was what I did. And during those years, I oftentimes thought about the fact that I would just love someday to try my hand at some sort of retail. I wasn't sure if it would be a gift store, or a clothing store or something to do with food, but I have always had a real love for people and taking good care of them.

And though I had no background in retail, it just seemed to me that when I was out and about, the most charming and heartwarming thing was when you went into businesses--of whatever sort--they were happy to see you, and very much wanted to take care of your needs. It's such a great feeling, and you carry it with you.

Get the full interview on VeloCityOKC.com