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Phone: (941) ***-****  HQ Phone
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The Elysian Fields Inc
1273 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota , Florida 34239
United States


Employment History

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Elysian Fields - Articles About Us - Celebrates 10 Years, 30 Nov 2013 [cached]
Natural Awakenings talked with Elysian Fields owners Kim Perkins and Lea Semple to get the story behind the store.
Lea: I think it happened spontaneously between both of us.
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.
Lea: I've done a lot of things.
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.
Lea: We use metaphysics in a very practical way every day.
But Lea was the pioneer in her family.
Lea: My family was very white collar, business people, no real spiritual interests.
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.
Lea: I think so, because the interest in all these subjects has grown so much.
Lea: Every item is chosen specifically for its quality, and it has to fit in with the store.
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.
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?
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.
Lea: There are parts of my work that I can teach someone.
Wendy Bodin Feng Shui Consultant [cached]
Lea Semple, Buyer for Elysian Fields
Elysian Fields - Awards, 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.
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!
Windrose Trading Company – Triloka Press Room, News and Customer Testimonials., 15 Nov 2009 [cached]
~ Lea Semple, Co-Owner / Buyer, Elysian Fields Books & Gifts
Gifts & Decorative Accessories - The No. 1 Gift Industry News Source, 3 Nov 2003 [cached]
Lea Semple, Elysian Fields Books
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