A Tulsa woman has opened a business to honor the legacy of her nephew who was killed in 2017. She said it’s her way of keeping his memory alive.
"He said, ‘y’all be careful. I love y’all.’ I said, 'I love you too Stacy.' Never thinking it would be the last time,” said Teresa Ballard.
Three years after her nephew's murder, Teresa’s grief has turned into a business.
"This helps me keep my nephew's name alive," said Teresa.
Welcome to one of Greenwood's newest shops, Stacy's Scrubs. This space is a labor of love in every sense of the phrase.
"This is going to be a shop that has positive vibes. When they walk through that door, I want to make them feel loved and welcome," said 17-year-old Kamari Ballard.
The shop is owned and operated by Teresa and her 17-year-old daughter, Kamari, named after Teresa's nephew Noah Stacy. Family tells News On 6 he didn't like his first name, so he went by his middle name, Stacy. He was gunned down in 2017. The man convicted of killing him is behind bars, and now Stacy's family is dealing with the burning kind of grief that sets in when the court dates are over, when getting justice doesn't bring the person you love and lost back home.
"I have a heart for nursing. Stacy was kind," said Teresa.
Scrubs have been a daily part of Teresa's life as long as she has been a nurse. A scrubs business seemed logical to her.
"Nursing is always going to be in business," said Teresa.
Stacy was known for his kindness and Teresa said after her long shifts at the nursing home, if she was too tired, Stacy would drive her around to run her errands so she didn't have to go alone. This space is for him. It is for her family. It is a promise that grief doesn't have to cause you to sink, that you can do something with it to push you forward.
"I know that I am doing something good and Stacy would be very proud of me,” said Teresa.
For more information: Stacy’s Scrubs: For pricing and questions contact Teresa Ballard email@example.com