Behind the Scenes

Turning a ‘Hey, let’s put on a show!’ idea into an actual business, with a building filled with stock, systems, & people to run the place has turned out to be a bit more complicated than anticipated. (But really, what isn’t??) A lot of you have followed our journey, ‘live and in person!’ on Facebook, but if you’ve just found us and want to catch up, scroll all the way down to the bottom and read your way up to today!

Birth Certificate: October 3, 2015; 10am, Columbia, Missouri.

dream team online

Cat, Deb and Alex: call them the Dream Team.

All the hard work, long nights, eye rubbing and hysterical laughter from too much caffeine has paid off. This past Sunday, we officially opened our doors to the public. There were folks lined up at the door, souls filled the carpet, the space, and the air above; some attached to humans, some not. There was laughter lining the walls, connections between humans and humans, humans and books, and humans and stones. The energy was alive, abundant and overwhelming in the best way possible. We tampered with the computer and printer in annoyance, but these things were greeted with patience by each customer as they extended their understanding.

We constantly joke about how opening a business during Mercury In Retrograde was one of the darndest decisions we ever did make, but all-in-all, we would not have asked for anything to have gone differently.

We are exactly where we need to be.

Columbia, thank you for being our home.



October 2015

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Our very first sale — the lovely Kay Fair and owner Deborah Carney, sealing the deal.  Definitely the start of a beautiful relationship.  🙂

September 2015


Things are getting REAL this month!  All the construction workers  who’ve been a part of our daily lives since July packed up their tools and said their good-byes, with promises to come back and visit once we’re up and running.  The building sign went up,Sign going up while we literally danced in the parking lot, grinning from ear-to-ear!    And NOW … (drum roll, please) … we get to start moving the furniture in and setting up the displays!!    Stay tuned … more pics will undoubtedly be coming!

August 2015

BUYING FRENZY: paint, light fixtures, ceiling fans & flooring – check. Computers, Point of Sale software systems, bookcases, display cases, coffee bar, tables and chairs, jewelry, crystals, herbs, books, books, and books … oh my!

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July 2015

In one of those eerie, ‘the Universe SO provides’ twists, Deb’s new neighbor turned out to be our new able-to-do-anything-you-could-never-need guy. Between him, his family and friends, in no time, those drawings on graph paper Cat obsessed over started turning into walls. This was getting r-e-a-l!!!!
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June 2015

Wphoto (7)e hit the road for our first buying trip foray to the International New Age Trade Show in Denver. Rows and rows of gorgeous, fascinating stuff and booths overflowing with books … but yes, a few disappointments as well. (‘Whaddya mean there are no food booths here?!?’) BUT we survived and bought so much wonderful stuff we had to rent a U-haul to bring it home … and NOW we really were a store. We had stuff to sell!

May 2015

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We found our space! One week before Cat retired from her law gig, ‘something’ led her to drive a different route home and voila! There it was. Rental sign out front of THE PERFECT BUILDING. Just waiting to take in Heart, Body, & Soul. A chunk o’ money and credit checks later, 1004 W. Worley was ours.
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April 2015

House found. Bags, daughter, & animals packed. Resettlement complete. Whew!

February 2015

House hunting for Deb, who had to actually move to CoMo to do this venture. Through snowstorms and non-existent GPS service, which introduced us to a lot of scenic country roads in the surrounding counties, (not to mention that one day when we got to push the car out of semi-frozen ankle-deep mud) the dream persisted!

January 2015

Paperwork filed. We became a legal (if not yet existing) business! Heart, Body, & Soul, LLC was born.

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