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Co-Owner and Buyer

Elysian Fields Books & Gifts
Phone: (941) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: l***@***.com
The Elysian Fields Inc
1273 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34239
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Co-owner
    Visual Merchandise
7 Total References
Web References
Elysian Fields - Articles About Us - Celebrates 10 Years
www.elysianfieldsonline.com, 4 Nov 2012 [cached]
Natural Awakenings talked with Elysian Fields owners Kim Perkins and Lea Semple to get the story behind the store.
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Lea: I think it happened spontaneously between both of us.
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Lea wrote a wonderful, eloquent letter to the editor about natural pest control that appeared in the paper. When I read her letter, I said, I need to work with this woman. She had created a grass-roots organization, so I went and volunteered, and that's how I met her.
What kinds of work did you do before you opened Elysian Fields?
Kim: Lea specialized in going into retail stores that weren't doing well and helping them get back on their feet - it's called "retail magic.
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Lea: I've done a lot of things.
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Lea does all the buying, and she is responsible for how the store looks. I handle things like leases, financing, and personnel. So we complement each other, and everything balances out.
Lea: We make a great team.
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Lea: We use metaphysics in a very practical way every day.
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But Lea was the pioneer in her family.
Lea: My family was very white collar, business people, no real spiritual interests.
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Lea: Our idea was to create a place where anybody from any belief system, any walk of life, any background, would feel comfortable and enjoy their experience and find something that they connected with.
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Lea: I think so, because the interest in all these subjects has grown so much.
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Lea: Every item is chosen specifically for its quality, and it has to fit in with the store.
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Even though we win awards year after year for best gift store, Lea and I think we have a bookstore. (both laugh) I love the stones and crystals too - Lea does most of the buying, but I order the stones.
Lea: I have more fun buying books than anything. That's really my love. And I do have a favorite item - the Peace Cranes.
How has being involved with Elysian Fields impacted your life?
Lea: It is my life.
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Kim: When we moved to this location in 1995, when we lost our lease suddenly and had to relocate, Lea and I looked at each other and said, do we really want to keep doing this?
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Lea: But there have been times that we've been here 120 hours a week. This has been a labor of love right from the beginning.
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Lea: There are parts of my work that I can teach someone.
Windrose Trading Company – Triloka Press Room, News and Customer Testimonials.
www.windrosetrading.com, 15 Nov 2009 [cached]
~ Lea Semple, Co-Owner / Buyer, Elysian Fields Books & Gifts
Elysian Fields - Awards
www.elysianfieldsonline.com, 19 Sept 2009 [cached]
Co-owner Lea Semple was the winner of the prestigious " Gold Award for Visual Merchandise ", which was presented at the Plaza Hotel in New York City in August of 2001 during the International Trade Show.
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Elysian Fields entered the competition for " Best Window Display" and " Best In-Store Display" in 2000 & 2001 - we won both times, again thanks to Lea Semple and her incredible display magic!
Wendy Bodin Feng Shui Consultant
www.perfectfurnishings4u.com [cached]
Lea Semple, Buyer for Elysian Fields
Gifts & Decorative Accessories - The No. 1 Gift Industry News Source
www.giftsanddec.com, 3 Nov 2003 [cached]
Lea Semple, Elysian Fields Books
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