Hot Sulphur: Local couple opens unique shop
Sky-Hi Daily News
Two of the most gentle, creative souls you will ever meet are opening their doors to the community at their unique gallery and store in Hot Sulphur Springs Saturday, Nov. 17. Angeline and Miguel Medina announce the grand opening celebration Saturday for Earth Enchanted, located at 501 Byers Ave.
Both are excited and a little nervous.
“And this is just the beginning,” Miguel said. When you walk in, calming flute music greets customers to come in and stay awhile to gaze upon the natural creations.
On Saturday, the sun will rise to a new day and light all the splendor in the store, which features natural crystals and jewelry mined and designed by Angeline and wooden flutes and Native American items carved by Miguel, as well as artwork by Angeline’s father, Emeri Bear, and hand-hewn furniture made by Chris and Tom Swanson of Aspen High Furniture.
CDs of Miguel’s soothing Native American sounds may also be purchased at the store.
It doesn’t take long to notice the sparkle in their eyes as each artist describes their work.
“They’re beautiful and breathtaking,” Angeline said of crystals. “I really believe in the vibrations and energy they give off.” She said she’s been an avid rock collector since the age of 3 and that by 5 years old, she was selling her discoveries door to door.
Since then, she has become a certified master of crystology administering hands-on healing through the universal energy of crystals and minerals, and she’s also a certified jeweler. She mines for stones all over the United States, especially in Arkansas, Utah and Colorado.
Her favorite part is cleaning them off and seeing them sparkle in the sun for the first time.
“I always dreamed of having a crystal store,” she beamed. “We wanted to open a store where there was nothing else like it around. It just happened that the store was for rent … It was meant to be.”
She met Miguel at a crafts market in Portland, Ore., when Angeline’s 12-year-old son, Stormy, introduced them. While Angeline was selling crystal and jewelry items, Stormy went to check out Miguel’s flute booth. The attraction and connection was instantaneous.
Angeline knew she’d one day want to move back to Grand County and thankfully, she was able to talk Miguel into it.
“I missed the sun,” she said. The couple, along with Angeline’s 10-year-old daughter, Spring, and their 5-year-old daughter, Kiera, have made Hot Sulphur Springs their home since 2005.
At first, Miguel wasn’t so sure about the move but was happy to make it with Angeline.
His early days growing up in the New York area were troubled, but turned around almost immediately when he turned to the Creator for help and guidance, he said.
“Almost instantly my life turned around and the healing journey began.”
As a young man, he started making things (including native-style jewelry, leatherwork and clothing) as a way to make money to make it to the next musical venue. While traveling, Miguel found his first flute, was given a few basic instructions from a friend and learned very quickly.
He has since become a skilled craftsperson and self-taught musician who learned everything playing by ear. He puts a lot of care and creativity into making items out of different types of wood, including flutes, drums, rattles and totems. His favorite woods to work with are cherry and walnut, but he never knows what the wood will become until he starts carving.
“I try to let the wood tell me,” he said.
Next month, the store will become a community space as well.
Starting in December the couple will offer “a meeting place to share wholesome things” in a spacious room off to the side of the main gallery. They plan to offer workshops and classes in that space.
Miguel is planning to host classes on rattle and drum making, as well as those on didjeridoo, flute and African drum playing. Angeline envisions helping people carve wax molds for jewelry designs and providing other creative classes for all ages.
For the future, Miguel hopes to put himself “out there more musically and get the community’s kids into it.” He and Amaurante Montez, the Native American storyteller who just visited the Fraser Valley Library Monday, are recording two new CDs to put out by the new year.
The first one, incorporates meditative flute music, the other more upbeat and rhythmic with didjeridoo and percussion. Medina said, he’s also working on a collection of international devotional music for later release. “That one’s going to be fun,” he said.
For now, he’s preparing to help put on the Christmas program for the Indian Peaks Charter School, in which Stormy will play the Little Drummer Boy. Miguel is also gearing up to play during the grand opening event for the store.
That day, the Medinas will be offering 15 percent off and continue the special throughout that first week. Angeline will be handing out crystals throughout that first day, which will also welcome a guest appearance by her father, coming to help the couple celebrate the store’s grand opening. Those interested in signing up for the store’s newsletter will be entered into monthly drawings.
Normal hours for the eclectic Earth Enchanted store will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call (970) 725-3408 or visit
http://www.earthenchanted.com and singingtreeflutes.com.
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