Keys of Paradise moves location to grow bigger and better

Keys of Paradise, a St Paul based Pagan retail and online store, is moving to a new location this month. The move is prompted by a desire for a larger space with improved facilities.

Owner Cameron Cegelske said the lease on his current place was up at the end of February and he realized he had outgrown the space available. He set out to find a location that would allow him to re-install the library, has more room for retail space, a room to rent for classes, and still include the large wooden ancestor shrine Keys of Paradise took guardianship of after the closing of Sacred Paths Center, a Pagan Community Center.

Keys of Paradise owner Cameron Celegske during the remodel of his new location

Keys of Paradise owner Cameron Celegske during the remodel of his new location

Success and challenges in today’s economy
During the recession and even the rather tepid and stagnant non-recovery, many businesses have closed or cut back. Keys of Paradise, while Cegelske says they are doing OK,  has also felt the economic pinch, but chose to expand, “We noticed a drop in sales in 2013, a big drop. We’re hoping the new place will attract more customers and it helps we’re not exclusive to retail.”

Keys of Paradise is actually three businesses in one. They have a retail store where shoppers can browse in person, an online website which sells to individuals and offers wholesale, and a laboratory where they formulate their own offerings.  They are revamping their website to beef up their wholesale channel and have recently purchased Fair Maiden Fusions, a cosmetics and skin care line.

New location
Cegelske found a space that would suit his growing needs, but needed some work before he could move in, “It needed some TLC. I’ve been sanding floors and painting, trying to get it ready by the end of the month.” Cegelske and the Keys of Paradise staff are doing much of the work themselves, with help from volunteers. “We are still looking for some help with painting and prepping the new shop this weekend and for the major part of the move on Sunday February 23rd to move the shop. Any help is greatly appreciated, it’s not easy to move an entire shop alone.”

The old location, at 713 Minnehaha Ave E is still open limited hours and Cegelske expects the new store, at 565 Kent St in St Paul, to be open by March first. He plans to host a grand reopening and 5th anniversary event to take place after Paganicon.

If you are able to help with painting, cleaning, or moving the store, please contact Cegelske through facebook or by calling Keys of Paradise at (612) 293-5397.

Local Pagan stores host Small Business Saturday deals

Major retailers aren’t the only places looking to attract early holiday shoppers, local Pagan retailers are also offering bargains and specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Black Friday:  Eye of Horus is having a Sunrise Sale on Black Friday 7am to 11pm with hot tea, nibbles and deals for Sunrise Shoppers. The Smitten Kitten, next door,  is also opening early.    At the actual moment of sunrise, 7:21 am, Thraicie will do a Sun Salutation.
7:00am-11:00am ONLY
Spend $20 and get a FREE mojo bag (valued at $10)
Spend $50 and get 10% off your entire purchase

Small Business Saturday:

All day, Spend $20 or more and get a FREE mojo bag (valued at $10), while supplies last.
(On Sunday Eye of Horus is hosting their last, and biggest Psychic Fair of the year.
Small Business Saturday:  Keys of Paradise is celebrating Small Business Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at our St Paul location.  The following items are on sale:

20% off Fair Maiden Fusions Skin Care and Cosmetics

40% off all cast iron products in the store, including our 15 gal and 55 gal jambalaya pots
50% off all Mystical/Ritual oils
50% off all essential oils
50% off all herbs and resins
All cone or stick incense – Buy 5, get 2 free
Sacred Blends Loose incense – Buy 1, get 1 free
Free Bath Salts with a $25.00 purchase
Marshmallow Leaf – $5 per pound
Coltsfoot Leaf – $5 per pound
Mention PNC and this ad and get 20% off our new Florida Water!
All sales, while supplies last.
Black Friday:  We are open from 10am to 9pm for Black Friday and are offering 20% off all books, statues, jewelry, and incense.
Small Business Saturday:  We are open from 10am to 6pm for Small Business Saturday and are offering 20% off all books, statues, jewelry, and incense.


Keys of Paradise hosts relaunch celebration

St Paul based Keys of Paradise, an online metaphysical retailer which also has a local retail shop, is hosting a ‘relaunch’ party on December 10.  The young business has been expanding their offerings and redesigning their website.  The relaunch party is a way to celebrate that expansion with their customers.

Their new website will now include a wholesale section and will offer the ability to schedule appointments online with their herbalist, healers or readers. In a press release, Keys of Paradise says a loyalty program and an affiliate program are in the works, as well as social media campaigns with special deals on their products.

Keys of Paradise Relaunch Party
December 10, 2011 – 11 AM to 5 PM
713 Minnehaha Ave, Ste. 111 in St. Paul, MN
(East St. Paul’s former Hamm Brewery)
For more information on the relaunch party, click here

The party includes prizes and food, plus they’ll be showcasing the new line of cast-iron products including cauldrons of all sizes.