The Genisis of Gemini’s – the Power of Manifestation

This is a story has been waiting to be told for sometime. With the community so strongly embracing Gemini’s and it’s existence feeling more assured I feel like it is time.  Many of these details were forgotten and just recently rediscovered in journals and writings long tucked away.  As Gemini’s rounds out it’s third year of existence I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and assessing where the shop is and where I want it to go.  Reviewing old writings has validated the power of manifestation.  Gemini’s Eclectic Emporium is a vision who’s seeds were planted many years ago and that will continue to unfold for many years.  Part of that vision is encouraging others to do the same; hopefully this story informs or inspires in that vein.

The core dream began with Stephanie and Jimi Campsey’s travels in 2003-2004. When our oldest son Zavier (now 13) was 10 months old we “dropped out” for most of a year; living out of a van and trailer while exploring intentional communities, Rainbow Gatherings, music festivals and following synchronicities throughout the Eastern US. On those adventures we were inspired by what seemed like a new world of interesting people doing interesting things.  Artists, back-to-the-landers, political outcasts and social deviants of all kinds!

Your protagonists at the beginning of this journey.
One of our temporary homes on our travels. On the Hillsborough River in Tampa, we could see manatees and alligators from camp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back view of our “home” for a year. A utility trailer and van. This is early in the adventure – still overstuffed with unneeded stuff! Zavier in the foreground playing with a didgeridoo.
Side view of the gypsy-rig.  Hanging in nature was a big part of that year – precious time with our first born.

 

 

 

 

 

We were looking for a place in the world – in purpose and locale.  Elements started to come together into the concept of a “shop” of some kind.  There was also a concept for a healing tent that would travel around, providing a safe and nurturing ambiance with a range of body and sound healing services.  Several different mind maps and sketches were written out and in some these ideas were blended.   This time spent finding ourselves and just thinking about what we wanted to do was critical.  Writing them down and keeping them simmering turned out being very important I believe.  Don’t give up on your vision even when the path forward seems unworkable in the moment.  Complex things must gestate before being born.

One of many brainstorms on the concept of a mobile healing space
A sketch and mind map of elements. Serving food and drink, a performance space and a place to hang out and talk were usually apart of brainstorms and are still on the horizon.
In an amazing bit of manifesting, Stephanie set the dates Oct and Nov 2014 as when the shop would open with this list in 2004. We started moving into Gemini’s first location in October 2014 and our first day of business was November 1st 2014!!! This was tucked out of sight for 10 years and wasn’t rediscovered until after Gemini’s opened.

The vision was formed but we were not ready to make it happen.  The traveling life was amazing but not financially sustainable as a young family.  Instead of the needed capital or credit to get a shop off the ground, we had a stack of student loans and a bit of maturation to do.  We settled back in Ohio with a new found habit for rambling.  Frequent weekend travels continued as we added two boys to the mix and worked to disappear those student loans.   I attended business school, massage school and studied many of the subjects that are now represented in Gemini’s.

Another one of Stephanie’s written manifestations. Jimi spent 2 years in business school and many personal hours studying and doing just that.

I sketched this picture on Aug 30th 2006.  My current landlord closed on the building 15 days later!!!  An extra floor and slightly misplaced windows on the sketch but I won’t complain – thank you Universe!  I had completely forgotten about this until finding it 5 weeks ago; I’ve been in this building almost 2 years now.  “To manifest: a multi-front, multi-floor commercial building. Organic Cafe/chill spot – art, handmade crafts, fair trade imports, massage/yoga, art studio space, hostel style dorms, raised bed gardens on the roof” The bulk of this is already happening with a gallery/studio space coming soon in the basement.  A hostel would be a wonderful addition to downtown with the interstate passing through so perhaps one day!

Manifestation Sketch from 2006, drawn 9 years before the lease was signed.

Fast forward to Spring of 2014.  After managing dialysis clinics for a few years the student loans were gone.  Increasingly so was spare time.  Shorter staffing and more clinics made the hours longer and family time shorter.  Little league games were being missed and blood pressure issues created.  I felt my soul was being sucked dry! I realized the nice salary was not worth the trade-offs and made the decision to resign.  The summer was spent recharging and reassessing where to go in life.  Before long the dream of a shop reemerged and that fall Gemini’s Eclectic Emporium was born.

Gemini’s co-founder Stephanie Campsey

Stephanie has since followed her heart to other vistas.  Most of the day-to-day operations and development has thus been the work of Jimi but Stephanie should always be honored as Midwife and Doula to Gemini’s Eclectic Emporium.  She gestated and birthed 3 beautiful boys while I supported.  I gestated and birthed 1 beautiful shop while she supported.  The symmetry of life is wild sometimes, no?

The Campsey’s in 2015 – vending at Resonance Music Festival

I hope this story inspires some to not just dream, but to nurture and pursue those dreams. Can’t afford it now? Don’t have the skills? Write down what you want then make a plan to pursue it.  If your journey is like mine you’ll have moments where you feel crazy, foolish or hopeless. You’ll obsess for weeks and then forget for months.  It is all part of the process. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for so get out there and be what you wanna see!

Solar Eclipse coming – glasses gone!

Phew, what a week! We saw a few hundred new faces this week looking for solar eclipse glasses. Many new fans were earned when the rest of Gemini’s was discovered on their visit. Why were the glasses so hard to find these last few days though?

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I had been hearing for weeks about free glasses giveaways – at libraries, colleges, astronomy clubs, etc. As a small retailer I couldn’t see the sense in investing in stocking something that no one will want after this Monday – especially when they are available for free.

I decided to order 100 last weekend; mostly to meet the needs of my immediate family and assuming I’d be left with several unwanted pairs. I opened the box Wednesday and tucked the announcement in with a new rock order post with little expectations.  Within an hour I realized how much unmet demand there was and scrambled to the Web to find more to be over-nighted.  At that point American Paper Optics (who I initially ordered from) had tripled the price and was only shipping packs of 25.  Most other suppliers had sold out. I was able to find americaneclipseglasses.com who were accepting overnight orders until 3pm mountain time that day.  I ordered 500 – I really, really wish I had ordered 5000!

The box arrived as planned the next day. I opened the box around 12:15 and didn’t leave the register until they were sold out! The pattern was text someone with a hold, ring someone out, respond to a FB message to store, repeat.

Requests to hold glasses came in bunches.  I did my best to take numbers and inform people when they were in.  One thing I learned is that holds are a bad idea with hot items like this.  The frenetic pace of those 36 hours left little room to divide up glasses and contact customers – and it made little sense to do so when a line of customers were standing with money ready most of the day. The pace of the rush was unbelievable, I ended up shorting myself on glasses even! A pack of 50 I thought I had set aside got gobbled up in the rush and so several close friends, my sister and my own family got less than we wanted.  I’m taking my 3 boys to Nashville with a single pair. That pair I got from sitting in on an hour and a half astronomy club presentation at the college. I learned a few things about safe, indirect viewing at the presentation I’ll share.

Credit: Luc Viatour / https://Lucnix.be Wikicommons A total solar eclipse where the sun’s atmosphere becomes visible.

First off what is the risk? The danger is in the power of the mind.  The iris of the eye is similar to the lungs. It operates automatically but the mind can override it.  When an eclipse is happening the light outside dims.  Here in Zanesville when it reaches 85% coverage, it will be about as bright as a full moon outside. That little sliver of the sun that is exposed is as bright as ever though.  As you look at the eclipse with the naked eye your eyes dilate because your mind expects something darker – making your eyes more vulnerable to being burned. If you look directly at it long enough the optometrist will know at exactly what moment you looked at the eclipse because that image will be burned in your cornea for life!

Credit: Wiki Commons Partial solar eclipse with coverage similar to what Zanesville area will experience on August 21st.

Now for alternatives to eclipse glasses. Those wanting to use welding glasses – NASA recommends shade 13 or 14 for safe viewing. 2 shade 7s stacked together will give shade 14.

The common indirect method is a projection box. I’ll be traveling with a lot of cardboard, aluminum foil and pins so me and the boys can experiment with different setups.  It’s very simple and nearly free. Here is one of many tutorials out there.

A cool thing I learned at the astronomy club meeting was to spread a white sheet on the ground.  If you place it under a tree where light is coming through the canopy it will work kind of like a big projection box. At some point some kind of snake-like shadows will show up and dance on the sheet. Scientists haven’t figured out what causes them and NASA wants pictures so here is a chance to participate in some citizen science!

Source: wiki commons Photographer: Sean Freese An eclipse seen through the shadows of a tree canopy. This is the sort of effect a white sheet on the ground will give.

The other thing I learned is that ever person doesn’t really need their very own pair of eclipse glasses.  This event happens over a couple hours – and you can’t see anything at all in the glasses besides the sun.  So the question is how long is anyone’s attention span to look at a single point of focus? Most people will only use the glasses for a matter of seconds or minutes. Passing a single pair of glasses amongst several people should be plenty of direct viewing time for everyone.

Seasonal Items at Gemini’s

Our selection of Fair Trade ornaments have expanded this year.  Metal work ornaments and tree toppers from Haiti have an elegant feel and couldn’t be more durable for a holiday ornament.

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Banana leaf and sisal Santa’s in a boat or on a bicycle are fun little guys.  Fair Trade from Kenya, they are a unique design great for the Santa collector on your list.

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We also have added beautiful wood ornaments that are made in USA from maple wood.  An engine and caboose is sure to delight the train enthusiast in your life.  The laser cut maple wood ornaments are beautiful in their simplicity.

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Settling In

We’ve been at our new location for nearly a month now and are settling in nicely.  The exterior painting is finished and we’re working with an artist to develop some attractive permanent sign-age.  The second and third story windows on the front of the building will be replaced in the coming weeks as well.  It’s been exciting and fulfilling to be apart of the rejuvenation of a part of history and we’ve appreciated all the kind words.

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Newly repainted façade awaiting sign-age.

We’re maintaining our habit of constant improvement through the move and beyond. With more square footage we’ve been steadily expanding our offerings as we fill out the new space.  We’ve added more items in all categories and will continue to do so through the holiday season.

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Fair Trade goods from around the world.

On the move

After a three month scouting of downtown, we’ve found and negotiated for a new space for Gemini’s!!! We are very excited for this move as the space will serve us better in several ways; larger showroom, plenty of parking, more traffic being on a State Route and road with interstate exit feeding it, improved lighting and more space outdoors to have a presence to attract visitors and to host events.

IMG_0205_optOur new address will be 28 N. 7th St, the Conwell Candy Building, between Main and Market St. We will be very close to Paul Emory’s Gallery as well as Z.A.A.P. Michael Seiler’s Gallery is on the same street and the Masonic Temple is visible from the front door so we will naturally be more integrated with the Art Colony and the Art Walks as well as closer to existing retail.

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Seven parking spots next to the new space plus room to display and demonstrate outside.

 

 

 

 

 

We will be in our original location until next Saturday, October 17th.  We plan to reopen Tuesday, October 20th in the new location. We are beginning to plan details for a grand opening/first anniversary event for First Friday Art walk in November.

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View from front door. 50+ parking spots across the street, Paul Emory’s Gallery is center, Masonic Temple can be seen on right side.

We’re also pleased to announce  Clean Cut Custom Painting will be renovating the exterior; it will be looking very sharp with a nice two tone paint job in just a few weeks.

Hookahville and Resonance

September started and finished with a bang at Gemini’s.  Hookahville made it’s return to the region after 2 and a half years as The Ville at Clay’s Resort near Canton, OH.  Former front man Ed McGee returned for some solo work and to do a guest set with Ekoostik Hookah.  A lot of excitement around this and the great weather made for another wonderful weekend at Frontier Ranch.  Kudos to Alchemy House Productions for giving a lot of thought and consideration to the vendors; we will certainly be a part of their shows in the future.

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Photo Credit: Giant Photo Buttons

Resonance Music and Arts Festival is in it’s second year and has a really nice thing going.  From the event’s website, “The Law of Resonance provides the answers as to how the law of attraction operates and creates the conditions and circumstances in your life. A gathering of like minded, motivated, music loving people.”  Workshops, art installations and ceremonies both officially organized and spontaneous throughout the grounds sets this event apart from the average music festival.  Being back at a show at Legend Valley after many years brought back good memories and the bounty of great hugs and conversations nourished my soul and the Gemini’s vision.  Found a great new unique product as well; the acorn stash necklaces.  These are beautiful, functional and great idea that’s sure to be copied.  I put my Sacred Space essential oil blend in mine and have loved anointing people out of it; couldn’t ask for a cooler vessel for special essential oils.

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Onto the web!

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As Gemini’s approaches it’s first birthday, we thought it was time to evolve our web presence beyond just a Facebook page into a bona fide web site complete with shopping cart and much greater control over our content.  This blog will give us a chance to better showcase our products; giving you more information about some of our Made in USA and Fair Trade producers.   We will be chronicling our travelling vending adventures and some attention will also be paid to the ongoing rejuvenation of Downtown Zanesville and the variety of local events and features to discover.