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Something Old, Something New…

Something Old, Something New…

I’ve lived in Delray Beach for almost 15 years now.  I can remember when it was just a sleepy weekend getaway destination.  Not many people knew about the quaint stores and boutique shops along Atlantic Avenue…not like they do today.  One of my favorite stores was a gem called Shining Through.  I always pointed to Shining Through and would tell my friends, “If I was going to own a bookstore, this would be the one!”

The store had everything that resonated with my inner being – buddhas, malas, crystals and books. It was a well established metaphysical bookstore nestled away between restaurants and apparel stores on the popular Avenue, owned and run by a wonderful couple, Carlos and Beatriz. Never did I ever think that it would actually happen (never say “never”, right? I’ll save that for another post.). I recall dropping in one day to look around and chatting with Carlos. He was frustrated with the changes on the Ave., but I loved Delray Beach and knew that change was inevitable and necessary.

Something Old…
Shining Through has been a staple in the South Florida community for decades. It’s now going on 26 years and more popular than ever. Even my friends in Fort Lauderdale and Miami are aware of this store. It has a vast offering of books that range from astrology to palm reading, from reiki to recovery, from mediumship to mandalas and everything in between. As my go-to place to find books on Buddhism and Mindfulness, I never left the store without pulling out my charge card. Over the many years, it became familiar and respected… like a good friend.

Something New…
Today I find myself sitting in the back of Shining Through admiring what we have done. The sale of the store was fortuitous as Carlos was looking to retire so Mark and I became the newest owners of this amazing store. Mark and I believe that we are all connected on this earth and this is the perfect way to connect with our community and to give back. We’ve focused on stocking the shelves with new books, gifts and merchandise to improve people’s lives. We’re bringing new energy to this iconic store and people are starting to take notice. What’s new?… A new website with new content. New weekly meditation sessions for people to attend. New crystals for healing. And a new online retail store, because it’s 2018 and just cool to have.

Something old and something new. As with life, change is inevitable and necessary. In this case, change is exciting and I’m proud to be one of the new stewards of this amazing place.

Dennis Connor is a Co-Owner of Shining Through in Delray Beach, Florida. Although previously an Engineer by profession working for the world’s largest fire and security company in the fields of manufacturing, technology, global supply chain, Operational Excellence, and I.T. for 25 years, he now serves as Strategic Operations and Business Development, sourcing new global products and services for Shining Through.  During his spare time, Dennis practices and hones his Psychic Mediumship skills. Click here to learn more about Dennis…



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