Sojourner Summer Survival Raffle

Happy Summer Solstice, Sojourners!

And a happy father’s day full of love to all our Dads. If you’d like to sneak in some last minute shopping for his present, come see us before 3:30 on Saturday, June 17th, as we are closing the front doors a little early to attend a Litha Celebration.

Courtney’s Basic Medicinal Herbalism class Saturday from 3:00-5:00 is filling up fast, but we still have a few seats left. Please register ASAP if you would like to attend. (Class will carry on after we close the front doors.)

Summer Survival Fundraiser Raffle

Come play in our on-going raffle of ten treasure troves that have a total retail value of over $340!  We’ll draw for three-four items each on the last days of June, July, and August. Each treasure is valued between $40 and $80.

A $5 ticket is an investment in the progressive goods, services and community that you want us to have available here in Greenville all year long – no matter how slow summer business becomes, nor grim things may seem on the news, nor how disenfranchising  current politics becomes, The Sojourner wants to remain that bright lighthouse of welcome into our safe haven, open to everyone with love, acceptance and support.

Won’t you contribute to that dream?

Individual raffle tickets are $5 each.

SPECIAL! Buy $20 in tickets, and get an EXTRA TICKET FREE, for a total of FIVE chances to win the treasure of your choice.

If your merchandise purchase is over $50, we’ll GIVE you a free ticket!

Not in Greenville? Call us with a Credit Card number at 252-758-7656 and we’ll fill out your tickets for you, and place them lovingly in the jars of your choice while singing your praises and doing a little happy dance around the shop. We will happily ship your prize within the US.

June 30th Raffle Drawings

#1 Money Magick Kit

Includes anointing oil, money draw bath, golden bill talisman, money candle, prosperity spell pendant, bayberry root, pyrite stone, and green cotton bag.
Value: $41.83

#2 Yoga Lover’s Kit

Includes full size yoga mat bag, book, and yoga mat cleansing spray.
Value: $50.29

#3 Full-length Cotton Goddess Cloak with hood

Purple Goddess Cloak $75.00

July 31st Raffle Drawings

#4 Love Magick Kit!

Includes anointing oil, handcrafted poppet, spell pendant, love candle, and rose quartz. Value: $43.00

#5 Relaxation Kit

Includes organic calendula flower soap, anti-stress bath soak, harmony candle, anointing oil, soap sack, worry stone, and lavender room spray.
Value: $40.50

Includes anointing oil, handcrafted poppet, spell pendant, love candle, and rose quartz.
Value: $43.00

#6 and 8 Blue Hand of Hamsa Cloak,

We have two up for raffle, one drawn July and the Other in August!

Includes a full-length hand of hamsa print cloak in blue.
Value: $75

August 31st Raffle Drawings:

#7 Chakra Crystal and Incense Kit

Includes one full set of raw chakra stones, embroidered velvet bag, chakra incense burner, and chakra incense.
Value: $54.50

#9 Celtic Wrap Hoods in Red and Green – TWO CHANCES TO WIN!

We’ll draw twice from this raffle jar for a Green and Red Celtic-Print hood. Twice as many chances to win!
Value: $80 each!

Thank you for all your support!
~Heron Michelle

The Sojo News: Summer Survival Fundraiser

Take the path less traveled to The Sojourner, and it will make all the difference. Original Design contributed by Mandy Clements

Take the path less traveled to The Sojourner, and it will make all the difference. Original Design contributed by Mandy Clements

Hello Sojourners,
Heron Michelle here…. On Monday we entered the sign of Cancer, and the sun reached his heights on the longest day of the year, opening the front door to the season of summer. Add to that the amazing convergence in the force that is a FULL BLUE MOON! Big mama moon was at her greatest, too! These are potent times that we need to tap to survive these slow months at the shop.

This makes the 8th summer we’ve been open here on Evans Street. Since 2009, our customer base of loyal Sojourners has grown exponentially, and we now have a thriving, knowledgeable and “well-equipped” community of like-minded kindred. We now can offer well more than just merchandise, but also trust-worthy guidance and education, energy healing, divination of many kinds, and safe haven to all the folks in need of compassion and acceptance. Our Sojourners represent every make, model, and colorful stripe of the rainbow!

According to our accountant, we even turned a tiny little profit for the second year in a row! That money was used to expand our crystal and candle selection, and replace all our technology, equipment and software so that we can expand into the world of On-Line commerce in 2016. The future looks bright; however, the present moment is a challenge.

Sojo Green Hoodie front

Hoodie in Forest Green or Black

Summers in Uptown have never been easy to survive. Once the schools let out and everyone leaves town on vacation, our business drops dramatically.  The difference in sales between a great month in the fall and the scary month of June was as much as 56% less in 2015. In short, during the summer, our income cannot hope to cover our basic monthly bills. We tighten our belts, hold our breath, stop repairing or restocking anything, and the rest is made up for with favors, magick and personal sacrifice.

This June has the dubious distinction of being the most desperately over-leveraged, maxed out in debt, and underfunded we’ve ever been. Smarter business people than I am advise me to close and just operate a website out of my house, but that is not how I want to spend this life. To be honest, the last thing this witch wants to figure out is the mundane intricacies of an Ecommerce platform and social media integration. <shrug>

Neither is being a retailer my sacred mission; selling things is only the means to the end. My END GOAL is to maintain a temple in a safe, brightly-shining, easily-found, proudly-out-of-all-closets, public location that is open to seekers every day…oh, and to eat.  Us Sojo staff and our families like eating regular meals and sleeping indoors. (I kid…not really…) My sacred mission is to serve as a priestess, offering to everyone the safe space to teach, learn, heal, and commune with each other and the Divine, and yeah…equip us with the “stuff” we all need to continue that spiritual work throughout the region, while we all thrive. This mission comes with a high price tag.

So here is the skinny:

Standard T in black or green.

Standard T in Black or Forest Green

I’ve trimmed all possible fat, cashed in every favor, and made

every personal investment I can manage; yet, we couldn’t be any further out on this limb.  As of Monday, we were still in a deficit by over $7000 and started the week with -$86 in the checking account.  I swallowed my pride, and applied for an extension to the credit line so that we can meet our needs for 2 more weeks.

To that end, we have a few fundraising efforts underway and I hope that you will be inspired to invest in this dream along with us. If all goes according to my (brilliant and daring) plans, this is the last skinny summer we’ll have to survive–and The Sojo will begin to THRIVE!

“Now is the time for all good Sojourners to come to the aid of their Metaphysical Shop!”

Sojourner T-shirt Summer Survival Fundraiser

One of our fine customers is graphic designer Mandy Clements, and she’s created this fantastic original T-shirt design for us! Follow the Sojo Sign down the “path less traveled” and it will make all the difference! Click the link to see all the options and order yours through our TeeSpring campaign that runs for 2 weeks, then they will print and ship them directly to you! I predict that all the most fabulous people will be wearing these this season.

There are regular T’s in short and long sleeves, women’s T’s and Tanks, and a hoodie to choose from in forest green,

Tank Midnight

Women’s tank in “Midnight” or Black

black (and “midnight” in the Tanks.) Sizes run from S-5X.

The Sojo Club Membership

Many of you have expressed over the years that while you don’t often need much “stuff” and you may live too far away to attend many events, that it is still important to you that this safe haven remains open and available.  Thus, The Sojo Club Membership was born! (Kinda like the B&N, or Sam’s Club membership.)

With membership, comes these benefits! With a yearly contribution of $35 we will extend to you 10% off of your purchases all year, as well as special offers and promotions September-April. The trick here is that we need you to contribute to that membership NOW, so that we can pay the bills May-August.

Call us or stop in the shop to join The Sojo Club! (Soon we will have it available to purchase on-line, thanks to the generous contributions of time and expertise offered by web developer Eric MacAfee, who is helping us build our webshop!)

Events this Weekend:
This weekend we have on the calendar a guided meditation and elemental balancing with me, Heron, on Friday night 6:00-7:00, $10. Followed by private sessions for Tarot Card readings. $30.

Saturday at 12:00 for $20, I’m offering a beginners Candle Magick Class. Check out the calendar for details, then make sure to call to register in advance. Right now we don’t have anyone signed up and I need 3 people confirmed to hold the class.

Thank you to everyone for reading this far, your on-going patronage, and for all that you do to brighten Greenville and our lives, simply by being your beautiful selves.  You really do make a difference. 🙂
Litha Blessings,
~Heron Michelle