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.
Pam Elliott – Store Manager
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.
Dawn started coming to the store 14 years ago and it wasn’t long after that she became a member of the staff. We’ve weathered 2 hurricanes together and she, too, has been part of many family parties. Dawn is one of my best friends. Dawn has an interest in all things metaphysical but the spiritual tool she uses the most is astrology. It is favorite way of understanding herself and others. Astrology comes naturally to Dawn. She is also highly creative. She makes jewelry using gemstones, crystals, pearls and colorful beads. You’ll find her jewelry in our jewelry case.
Caitlin 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, she has taken. Caitlin’s photographic art has her work hanging in the Starbucks in downtown Delray and is the photographer for a local band, Closer to the Ocean.
Caitlin is interested in all religions and philosophies but feels especially drawn to The Law of Attracion, Course in Miracles and Science of Mind.
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.
After many months of being a good customer, I realized Chrissy would be a perfect addition to our fabulous staff. Chrissy is a school teacher and works part time with us. You will often find her on a Sunday at the front desk ready to help you.
I am so blessed to have such an amazing staff. They are on the very top of my gratitude prayer list. As I meet more store owners like myself while I travel to teach and promote my CDs, aromatherapy and sprays throughout the country, it has become even more obvious how blessed and fortunate I am to have this staff of shining stars.
Thank you Marguerite, Pam, Dawn, Caitlin, Judy and Chrissy!
Blessings and Love,
Creatress of The Crystal Garden
Marguerite was a friends of my Mom who is now in heaven and has been to many of my personal family gatherings. Marguerite joined the team in June 1993. She has the patience of a saint. She has a very compassionate and forgiving nature and rarely loses her cool. Marguerite trains new Crystal Guardians when we add someone to our staff. She does much of the behind the scenes work like scheduling staff which is a big job, filing, cleaning, display arrangement, ordering supplies, and she knows where everything is. If we can’t find something, more often than not, Marguerite knows where it is. She’s also great at fixing things. With over 30 years experience, Marguerite is a Reiki Master and teaches all the Reiki courses. She also teaches St. Germain teachings, dowsing and pendulums, seeing and reading auras and more. Marguerite just celebrated her 80th birthday so we are grateful for her many years of experience and wisdom!?
Marguerite Barringer, long-time friend, employee and practitioner of The Crystal Garden, has had her ascent into the Heavenly Realm. Her birthday in Heaven is July 10, 2009. We will miss Marguerite so much that words cannot express. She is well-loved by many.