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Where Community Is Always In Season

Where Community Is Always In Season

Colorful, eclectic, playful, unique, enchanting. These are just a few of the words customers use to describe Winter Sun & Summer Moon, a lifestyle boutique on the Hudson River in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Even more telling is how customers describe their shopping experience: warm and friendly customer service, awesome atmosphere, pleasant and helpful staff. It’s no wonder, then, that Winter Sun & Summer Moon has become part of the fabric of community life in Rhinebeck—it’s a store for all seasons that appeals to locals and tourists alike.

Radiating Good

Radiating Good

Forty years ago, Dee Ann Williams and Sheila Marsh shared a vision of creating a place to support wellness through massage and herbs, a place called Radiance. Over the years, while the ownership has changed, the original vision that was embraced and cultivated by their Olympia, Wash., community continues to shine under the guidance of Karin Olsen and Andrea Seabert.

Maggie Feeney: Radiance recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Congratulations!

Karin Olsen: Thank you.

Givers Get

Givers Get

When you hear the phrase “inspired living,” how does it make you feel? Uplifted? Energized? Ready to take on the world? Just imagine the things you could accomplish! Well, if you’re lucky enough to visit Boyne City, a resort town on Michigan’s Lake Charlevoix, you might just get a dose of that inspiration with a visit to Leslie Neilson’s aptly named store, Inspired Living, where energy, expression, and evolution are served up daily.

Standing Tall for Fair Trade

Standing Tall for Fair Trade

In the center of a small island town just off Seattle’s coast, a life-sized, ironwork giraffe towers above the artfully landscaped front yard of a century-old house, inviting a closer look. Cross the garden to the wide front porch and you have arrived at Giraffe, the Fair Trade boutique Priscilla Schleigh opened seven years ago on Puget Sound’s quietly thriving Vashon Island.

Finding Peace of Mind

Finding Peace of Mind

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s precisely what Gena White, owner of The Peace of Mind Center in Shreveport, La., did 16 years ago when a twist of fate left her searching for a new career. Venturing into the unknown, she built a center for body, mind, and spirit in an area unlikely to embrace metaphysics. Retailing Insight sat down with Gena at the International New Age Trade Show (INATS) in Denver, Co., where she shared the story of her journey to store ownership and her subsequent, long-lasting success.

Playful Odyssey

Playful Odyssey

Walking into Odyssey Gifts in Williamsport, Md., is like falling into an overstuffed treasure chest. Amber jewelry and other trinkets fill glass cabinets, elaborate puppets dangle from 10-foot-high ceilings, dragons and gargoyles peer between the spindles of the curved staircase in the 150-year-old house. Every corner has a hidden goody.

Earth and Sea

Earth and Sea

Close to the very center of the state of Texas sits a veritable vortex of elemental energy, conjured by a team of women who call their shop Sisters of the Earth and Sea.

“I’m ‘sea,’ ” says Joyce Burns, one of the owners. “Laurie Roach is ‘earth,’ and Amber Signs, our newest sister as of March 2009, is ‘fire.’ And,” Burns adds with a laugh, “we have enough air—sometimes hot air!—among the three of us to cover the fourth element.”

Changing With the Times

Changing With the Times

When is a bookstore more than a bookstore? When it sets out to become the heart of a community—and succeeds. Take Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Ariz., for instance. When Gayle Shanks, Bob Sommer, and Tom Broderson decided to start their own business more than 35 years ago, their intent was to create a bookstore that would be socially responsible and a place for members of the community to congregate.

Beyond Avalon

Beyond Avalon

Miranda Sophia Solace, owner of Avalon in Orlando, Fla., refers to her shop and everything associated with it as living beings. If she talks about her inventory, she’s more likely to say “The incense lives in this room,” or “This is where the candles live,” than make an offhand reference to stocking the shelves. The glass display cabinets that house the jewelry and where the cash register rests is the “face” of the store, the old fireplace in the 1920s bungalow is its “heart.”

Answering Serenity's Call

Answering Serenity's Call

The path to opening an independent shop is often a winding one, with many adventures along the way. Like Dorothy on the yellow-brick road, the way is peppered with frightful moments, unforeseen challenges, inspiring developments, a host of helpers, and finally, a true sense of accomplishment.

Just seven months old, Serenity Calling is a beautiful store in both appearance and intention, and the manifestation of a dream owner Gillian Caine nurtured for years.

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