East Pittsburgh, PA, October 13, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Clinging to the shirttails of a failing economy is a whisper of a grass roots movement striving to make a difference. Two bold warriors, Travis Jones and Rebekah Faith, step to the front lines and offer a vibrant sanctuary coupled with a myriad of services to help.
Turtle Island in East Pittsburgh is a small little hole in the wall nestled on the Electric Avenue exit of Route 30. Like all great and magical places, it’s rather difficult to find. If you blink, you’ll miss it.
Once you enter the store you are hit with the pleasant, yet subtle fragrance of lavender, Egyptian musk, or Jasmine. You will see a variety of hand crafted jewelry, paintings, chainmaille items, Egyptian Papyrus art, African masks, candles, incense, oils, theatre props and various items from around the globe. Next, you might notice the computers. Finally, you might notice the books and CDs. The owners will welcome you to their sanctuary, offer you comfortable seating, and ask how they can help you.
Turtle Island is much more than a retail store, an artists’ consignment shop, or a wireless computer center. Turtle Island is a much needed resource center. The two self-proclaimed geeks who run the store have years of experience in computers, programming, graphic design, audio and video editing, RPG – LARP gaming; they have a knack for finding things, and an obvious interest in the spiritual and metaphysical studies of comparative religions and world beliefs.
“We wanted to create a place where people from all walks of life would feel welcome to come and play, relax, learn, study, and hang out,” says Rebekah, “Our mission is to provide the Pittsburgh area with a complete mind, body and spirit resource center.”
Turtle Island offers appointments for massage, computer help, resume help, coaching, and job search help. They have very reasonable fees for these services which start at $10 a session, and they offer their resume services on a sliding scale to those members of the community in need. Their mini-bookstore includes books on Diet, Fitness, Health, Business, Management, Self-Help, Languages, Spiritual, Inspirational, Metaphysical, Magic and World Philosophy. Not only do they provide wireless access, but they also have computers available for their customers to use.
The owners are committed to not only working with the general public to help them find what they need, but also assisting the community’s artists, entrepreneurs, and group leaders. Their goal is to support the community by offering their store, schedule permitting, for small gatherings, workshops, classes, exhibits, and social events for a small nominal fee.
Turtle Island is the only place in Pittsburgh where you can come in, use the computers, browse the daily paper, check out the bulletin board of local upcoming events, read a book, get a 10 minute massage, have a resume re-written, get a flier designed, support your local artists, get help on the computer, learn a language, play a game, print, fax, laminate, or pick up henna, gaming, or aromatherapy supplies, all under the same roof. A Resource Center like this may be a new concept and one that may take some getting used to, but with such a vibrant and positively charged atmosphere and such a range of capabilities, Turtle Island is definitely the spot to watch.
One of the store’s regular customers was quoted as saying, “They did such a good job with this place I just don’t want to tell anyone about it. Turtle Island is the place where I come to get away from it all.”
Well, how can we keep a secret like that?
You can find Turtle Island at 1208 Electric Avenue in East Pittsburgh, on the Electric Avenue exit of Route 30. The 67J and 67F busses stop outside their door. For business hours or for more information call 412-823-2688, browse to http://www.TurtleIslandPA.com, or email management@TurtleIslandPA.com