Kelly Wilson saw a need in South Tulsa for a store providing
information on alternative health and world religion.
Wilson opened Beyond Your Dreams Books and Gifts on Dec. 19 at
8124 S. Harvard Ave. in the Shops at Harvard Parke shopping center.
She has books on relationships, alternative health and world religion, and
she also offers cards, oil lamps and aromatherapy and Yoga products.
Wilson said after being open only a month, people already are
coming in saying they heard about the store from their friends.
She said all of the demographic information she had seen pointed
to her customer base being baby boomer females, but she has seen
more men come into the store than she ever expected.
"Men are on a spiritual search, too, and they are concerned about
eating right and being healthy," she said.
Wilson said opening the store was a wonderful experience because
of the number of people who helped her. She went to buy paint and
the man who was selling the paint had wanted to open a store like
hers. He was able to offer a lot of information.
Wilson plans to offer lectures in alternative health, world
religion and other topics. She said people have come in to shop and
either have offered to give the lectures or have referred her to
"I have been reading books like this for 15 years because I wanted
to learn about alternative health and world religion," she said.
Wilson said that playing host to the lectures will allow her to listen in.
"While everyone else is learning, I'll learn, too," she said.
The grand opening of the store is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2 and 3.
Denise Rodgers, who interprets dreams, will lecture Feb. 2, and
Tim Collins of Natural Healing Consultants Inc. will lecture Feb.
3. Several doctors have offered to lecture.
Wilson said she wants to have lectures twice a month on Wednesday
evenings. She said space will be limited for the lectures and those
interested need to call to register.
"It will be on a small-enough level that people won't be
overwhelmed and they won't be afraid to ask questions," Wilson said.
One lecturer will be Richard L. Phillips, an expert in Feng Shui
(pronounced fung schway). Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement,
is the study of the flow of energy (chi or life energy) on the
surface of the earth and in and around buildings.
Phillips helped Wilson design the store and correct some problems
with the building.
Some people told her being off the street in a courtyard would not
be a good location for visibility, but the dictates of Feng Shui
agreed with her choice of location.
Her store is between Java Dave's and Marshon's, who have both sent
many customers her way.
Wilson offers books on Feng Shui and also books on how to correct
problems with Feng Shui. Items can be placed in strategic locations
to correct the offending wall or other part of the room.
Wilson said she gave Phillips a drawing of the store, "and he
changed a few things. Some walls had to be moved, and he worked
with the lighting to set the mood of the store."
The mood is just what she wanted -- dreamy, relaxing and soothing.
Looking around the store, Wilson said, "If anybody asks who I am,
this is me."