Updated with new events on Sunday.
The Wishing Stone will be celebrating 14 years of business this Sunday, June 14, and is offering special sales — including 14 percent off everything at its downtown Edmonds location, contest drawings and other activities.
Wishing Stone owner Janet Yoshikawa, a rock and gem enthusiast since childhood, received her training at the Gemological Institute of America. She shares that expertise with her customers, offering a wide range of fossils, minerals, carvings, shells and jewelry for sale.
Yoshikawa opened a small shop in Mukilteo in 2001, then moved her store Edmonds four years later, at 317 Main Street. A year ago, she and long-time store manager Christy Gurley moved up the street, into a much bigger space at 523 Main St.
“We’ve made a lot of friends and I think that’s the biggest benefit to staying in Edmonds,” Yoshikawa said. “We’re established members of the retail community.”
Added Gurley: “We’ve seen a lot of people grow up, from the time they were little kids. It’s really neat.”
The Wishing Stone also had an opportunity to expand into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, opening a store there in October 2013 in Concourse C. While purchasing inventory for the airport store, Yoshikawa said she realized the value of carrying items for children, since many airport shoppers are looking for gifts to bring home to their families. The Edmonds Wishing Stone store also now has a wide range of items appealing to children, including mineral specimens, sticker and activity books and dinosaur-related items.
The store also has specialty items such as bracelets made from cobra spines and carved skulls. Over the years, Gurley has become an expert on the healing properties of stones, such as crystals.
“Before they had Western medicine, people used stones,” Gurley explained. “They used to boil things in their tea or grind them up and put them in their pocket. A lot of these stones have fascinating history behind them.”
But the store’s best-seller continue to be the natural gemstone jewelry, popular both with women customers and their husbands or boyfriends, Gurley and Yoshikawa said.
The store anniversary celebration will run from 11 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday at 523 Main St., and will include the following events:
– Author Garret Romaine will be in the store from 1-3 p.m. to autograph copies of his new book, “Gold Panning the Pacific Northwest.”
– Medium Darcy Pariso will conduct animal Intuitive readings and answer questions regarding career, relationships, next steps, etc. (Donations only.) www.darcypariso.com.