The Shining Stars of the Crystal Garden
Paying Homage to the Crystal Guardians
Who’s really running the show at The Crystal Garden? It’s the amazing team work of the Crystal Guardians that make it all happen. I call the staff of The Crystal Garden, Crystal Guardians, as their job is much more than just an employee of a metaphysical retail store and center.
I am grateful for the longevity, loyalty and dedication of my staff. Yes, I am very possessive of them in a healthy, honoring way. I am so blessed that I can go on my excellent adventures to teach and share at other retail stores around the country, take vacations, run my family businesses and never have to think about if everything is alright at The Crystal Garden. I know that the Crystal Guardians have it under control. Although I do all the buying, create and update the website, answer all the emails and pay the bills, all of the rest is handled by the staff. Some of you know the staff well and, hopefully, this article will help you to know them better. I pay homage to them and thank them for running the show daily.
A unique quality of the Crystal Guardians is that all of them have been either my friend or a customer before working here. Fellow store owners in the area and nationwide, whom I am friendly with, find this highly unusual yet it really works for me. It’s my nature to want to feel like we are a family and the depth of loyalty and love among us is priceless. Let me tell you about them.
Every store needs a good greeter. Our two birds, Sha Nay Ann and Mikael, greet you when you enter.
Pam became a customer of the store about 17 years ago while she was in the corporate world. Although she wasn’t staff back then, she often volunteered with special projects like painting, new displays, off site events and sewing. She is a great seamstress. Pam and I have sat in many Sacred Circles together and traveled to remote Sacred Sights around the world. We share fun memories of our predicaments in Peru and Mexico. We have developed our friendship over the years and she’s shared in many holidays at the table with my family. Pam is very detailed and meticulous, so we have her to thank for the neatness of the shelves and the books around the store. She is great at receiving merchandise, which is a very detailed process. Pam is a Licensed Massage Therapist and has completed her intensive studies to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is also a Reiki Master and a Spiritual Healer.She takes very good care of Margaret Ann and her projects!
Caitlin is the Assistant Manager. She started at The Crystal Garden part time in January of 2011, after attending a crystal singing bowl meditation. I knew she was destined to be part of the team of angels that run the shop! Prior to this she worked at Starbucks for 6.5 years, which trained her in excellent customer service and multi-tasking. I am so grateful that she started full time in February of 2012. - She grew up on a sailboat in St. Croix USVI an only child to two adoring parents. She was raised reading the Course in Miracles daily and was always taught to have an open mind to metaphysics and spirituality. She incorporates those early teachings in her daily life. Caitlin has been a vegetarian her whole life. She has a passion for photography. Some of the photos you’ve see of the shop and our merchandise were captured by Caitlin.
Caitlin is interested in all religions and philosophies but feels especially drawn to The Law of Attracion, Course in Miracles and Science of Mind.
Caitlin manages Margaret Ann Lembo's online webinars for participants, coordinates our nationwide advertising, our websites, and all things techy. She takes very good care of Margaret Ann and her projects! She coordinates all schedules and many aspects of both the Wholesale and Retail Divisions of The Crystal Garden.
Judy joined the staff in March, 2011. She is certified in hypnosis and has advanced training in past life regression. She is also a Certified Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Her life into the spiritual and metaphysical arena began with her dreams and she has spent the last twenty five years working with dreams. Before coming to Florida she was living in Colorado where she ran the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) Rocky Mountain Region bookstore for ten years and where is had her own hypnosis practice.
Carmen Leidel fills our Wholesale orders and all online orders. Carmen fills all our aromatherapy bottles for both the single note medical grade oils as well as the aroma-energetic sprays and mists like our Smudge in Spray and Chakra Sprays. Carmen is gearing up to join in on our Social Media team with her skills as a graphic artist. I've known Carmen for well over 20 years. She has been to Arkansas with me on a Crystal Dig workshop and has years of metaphysical knowledge and experience. She is a dedicated hard-worker and I am so grateful that she is part of this amazing team.
Angelina is a joy to have at The Crystal Garden. She is always happy and ready to laugh and smile. She is our Social Media Goddess! Most of the posts you see on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Google Plus, and Pinterest are posted and/or created by Angelina.
Katrina began her Spiritual/Metaphysical path in 1995, and that's when she discovered The Crystal Garden and became a regular customer. She writes: " I've been to many classes over the years, and I have a wide range of interests! I believe in the possibility of all things! My main interests at the moment are Angels & other Deities, crystals, law of attraction, numerology, and dream work. I am a bit clairaudient and clairsentient, which I am working to develop. I am also known as a feeler. I am a 4th generation Floridian, which seems to be a rarity. I have always lived in the Lake Worth/ WPB area. I have two grown daughters and a preteen grandson who are the loves of my life, and luckily live close by. I enjoy writing and drawing, and most recently have begun painting and I love it. Spending time in nature and with my family are my favorite past times. I also have three adorable kitty cats!"
As you can see, I am so blessed as the owner and founder of The Crystal Garden, to have such an amazing staff. They are on the very top of my gratitude prayer list. I am blessed and fortunate I am to have this staff of shining stars.
Blessings and Love,
Margaret Ann Lembo
Margaret Ann Lembo is the author of Chakra Awakening; The Essential Guide to Crystals, Minerals and Stones; The Angels & Gemstone Guardians Cards; Color Your Life with Crystals; Chakra Balancing Crystal Alignment CD; and upcoming titles in March 2016 - The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing and The Archangels & Gemstone Guardians Cards.
She is published by both Llewellyn Worldwide and Findhorn Press. She is the creator of a line of award winning Aroma-Energetic Sprays including Smudge in Spray and the seven Chakra Sprays. Margaret Ann is a spiritual entrepreneur, practitioner, aromatherapist, and the owner of The Crystal Garden — a book store, gift store, and spiritual center in southeast Florida.