Owners, Cheri Bieberich and John Shanklin welcome you to Evolve!
The Evolve store naturally came into being as a result of our personal spiritual awakenings that began about 15 years ago while reading the “Conversations with God” series of books by Neale Donald Walsch. Questions that emerged from a life of traditional religious upbringing had created a "Divine discontent" within, and this inspired a search for expanded truth with regard to who we really are as physical and spiritual beings. The books were incredibly transformational, with many AHA! moments, and it felt very important to share and explore this extraordinary “new thought” information with others.
We had already been in retail for quite a few years with our “Cabin Fever” shop, and had the background and experience to create a new store. The name “Evolve” came to John in a meditation, and from there it became an exciting journey to define just what that meant in terms of operating a business offering products and services to enhance conscious lifestyle and spiritual growth.
Through a series of synchronistic events, Evolve opened in Mackinaw City, and we spent 3 challenging, but wonderful years there “evolving” the concept, as well as ourselves. We have many great memories of the magical things that happened in that location, and learned so much from the amazing people who would come in from all over the country and the world. When the time was right, we moved the store here to Glen Arbor, in order to be near our Cabin Fever store and close to our Leelanau County home.
Our main focus on a daily basis here is to provide a safe and serene space for people to explore empowerment on topics of life purpose, healing, and relationship to the Divine in Self and All.
Thoughts from John: "My greatest satisfaction comes from getting to know the people who come in to the store. They may be searching, confused or just curious, -- they may or may not be open to what we have here -- but I have a genuine interest in who they are and what makes them tick. I enjoy taking the time to find out what they are looking for, and then helping them connect with the information, tools, or other people that could be most beneficial. I seem to have a talent for establishing new friendships and customers -- networking is what I most enjoy. More than anything, I hope my interaction uplifts people and opens doors to new awareness."
Thoughts from Cheri: "I focus on store display, coordination of events, and the most fun of all -- selecting new store merchandise that will help people smile from the inside out and feel wonderful! Shopping for crystals is a special joy. Stones and mineral specimens add so much beauty and positive energy to our environment. My intention for each day here at the store is that every person who visits is uplifted in some special way. Quite often, people share their own inspirational stories and I am the one being reminded that magic and miracles are alive and well in the world. What a gift!"
Great wisdom for living is found in all the major religious traditions as well as in many universal, non-religious teachings. An open mind and heart are the keys. John and I love presenting a variety of information and tools so that people can choose what feels and works best for them. A mantra we use for the store is “Celebrate the Diversity of Divinity in All Things!”
We believe each of us truly makes a huge difference when we live in gratitude, express tolerance and kindness, and share humor! The energy of loving thoughts and actions ripples out in waves of most benevolent transformation to everyone on Earth and to the Earth herself. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
5917 S Ray St. PO Box 52
Glen Arbor, MI. 49636-0052
Monday 11 to 6 PM EST
Wednesday 11 to 6 PM EST
Thursday 11 to 6 PM EST
Friday 11 to 6 PM EST
Saturday 11 to 6 PM EST
Sunday 12 to 4 PM EST
© 2013 EVOLVE