Phantom Quartz; A Metaphysical Boutique

A curated metaphysical boutique showcasing goods by under-represented voices in the spiritual and magickal communities.

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Project Description

Now more than ever, we as human beings are remembering the truth of who we are. We are spiritual beings that need more healing, more spiritual empowerment, more acceptance and the space to openly, without shame or judgement fully express our more honest and true spiritual selves.

 

I believe we are experiencing a spiritual revolution

in which people finding their

OWN answers

&

INNER guidance.

 

Phantom Quartz is currently, a brick and mortar metaphysical nboutique in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle. 

 

My mission is to be a place that cultivates spiritual empowerment for people of all diversities. I carry a carefully curated variety of artist-focused goods, most of which are independently created by womyn, people of color, LGBTQ+ and other folks that are outside of the mainstream.

 

It is my goal with this campaign to broaden my offerings by connecting more makers, writers and artists to the people who seek to find these unique voices.

 

But I need your help to catapult Phantom Quartz to the next level!!

 

Your contributions will help me to;

 

  • Create an online store devoted to bringing these intersectional and independently distributed offerings to a broader audience

     

  • Hire a marketing consultant and purchase advertising to help me get the word out about this uniquely curated business that offers inclusion to under represented voices

  • Broaden my inventory of ethically mined and sourced crystals, minerals and other environmentally resourced ritual supplies.

  • Offer workshops, readings and retreats including costs for venue rentals and other production expenses.

 

Phantom Quartz carries a variety of curated metaphysical items including: ethically sourced crystals and minerals, ritual candles, new and vintage books, zines, tarot cards and oracle decks, jewelry, essential oils, soaps, radical nail polish, greeting cards, hand made patches, potted plants and much much more. With these items my intent is to inspire healing, hope and growth for an ever increasing community of modern mystics!

 

Please help me continue to grow! 

 

I have created some amazing rewards for your contribution, please scroll down to view them on the right side!

 

Thank you for your interest and support of my campaign through ifundwomen and please help me spread the word by sharing this campaign with your friends and loved ones. 

 

Vibe high and stay magick!

 

 

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Who is the Entrepreneuer?

About the Entrepreneur

Sofia McKee is the founder and sole proprietress of Phantom Quartz.

She hase been studying metaphysics for 26 years and has 20 years experience providing customer service. As a queer woman, she understands from the customer's point of view how painful it is to not find one’s own reflection in spirituality. As an entrepreneur and artist she has experienced the struggles it takes to be seen and promoted. Because of her domain expertise and customer service experience, she is uniquely qualified to help solve this problem for consumers as well as artists by bringing them together.

Additionally, Phantom Quartz reflects her own personal healing journey. She offers items that inspired her to keep moving through the dark night of the soul, feeling the support of both the physical and non-physical world.

She has been working with the alchemy of beauty for the past fourteen years as a hairstylist. Sofia has experienced the power and therapeutic value of beauty, how the experience and appreciation of beauty can pull one out of a depressed state.

In 2018 Sofia graduated from Bastyr Univeristy with a Bachelors degree in Health Psychology to understand our relationship to stress, its effects on the body, mind and spirit and using alternate modalities of health and healing. She a practicing Ortho-bionomist which is a profound, gentle bodywork that encourages the body to correct itself from the nervous system. One of the most profound things she learned in her studies at Bastyr University is that through cultivating a connection with a spiritual community one can heal faster and more completely from trauma and illnesses. Sofia has spent many years developing her intuitive gifts with many amazing spiritual teachers in the Seattle area. 

In the passing months since Phantom Quartz opened, Sofia received much gratitude for creating the sacred space and has seen the hunger people have for a magical and empowering spiritual community.

 

What does Phantom Quartz currently offer?

Phantom Quartzis not just a retail experience but a sacred space where one can take time to explore the decks, books and crystals.

Phantom Quartz encourages sensory exploration via all six senses: taste the chocolate, touch the decks, hold the crystals, listen to the music, smell the aromas from the burning candles, feast your eyes on the glorious goods and experience the ineffable presence of your inner intuition.

Phantom Quartz searches for unique and diverse artists who have reflected upon not only their own personal traumas and wounds, but also on those of our society as a whole.

The artists we showcase epitomize post-traumatic growth and spiritual empowerment.

This inner alchemy is what we believe society needs to regain its reverence for the planet and the gift of life itself.

Phantom Quartz carries:

  • tarot cards that show diverse populations, animals and themes
  • oracle cards
  • pins and patches
  • handmade pots with potted plants
  • crystals hand-picked for their beauty and ethically transparent mining practices
  • books of alternate experiences of spirituality
  • vintage altar items such as candle holders, candle snuffers and figurines
  • esoteric jewelry by independent designers
  • candles that reflect intentions or phases of the moon to be used with intention
  • handmade soaps and lotions

Who Shops at Phantom Quartz?

Phantom Quartz patrons are people who want to see representations of themselves in spiritual products such as tarot cards, oracle cards, books.

We serve a diverse population of all ages, races, gender identities and expressions, spiritual beliefs and sexual orientations.

We help people wishing to establish and/or strengthen their spiritual practice as well as people looking to build a spiritual community.

We also aim to meet the needs of those searching for uniquely beautiful objects for their homes or gifts for others that bring both pleasure and inspiration.

What do people say about Phantom Quartz?

 

Review from patrons of Phantom Quartz

 

"Love this shop!!! Extremely curated selection of beautiful crystals, books and antiques! The owner Sofia was so welcoming and helpful. I will definitely return very soon! I grew up in the neighborhood and am delighted by this unexpected treasure. Hidden gem!"

-Treyana F. Alexandria, Va

 

"My body, mind and spirit were disconnected causing me significant physical pain. Thanks to three magical bodywork treatments with Sofia my life was positively altered.  The healing properties that occurred when my whole person was connected are phenomenal and enduring. I am forever grateful for Sofia’s therapeutic, knowledgeable and powerful treatment."

-Theresa G. Seattle, Wa

"I really love Phantom Quartz and highly recommend checking it out. I love the cards and metaphysical items and keep up with the Instagram page because stock seems to be refreshing often. I really dig the CBD soap I purchased and the Palo Santo room spray!!! I highly recommend supporting this local business!!!!"

-Rebecca S. Seattle, Wa

"The coolest metaphysical shop in Seattle! It's also aesthetically beautiful. Interesting books, crystals, plants, oils, tarot cards, and more, often featuring female, LGBTQ, and POC artists and authors. Plus it's pretty! The woman who runs the store is also an intuitive and so can probably recommend some good stuff for you too."

-Madeline B. Seattle, Wa

 

"The owner, Sophie, is so kind, pleasant, and helpful. The store is filled with all your witchy dreams!! A must if you a trying to learn how to be a witch or already are a practicing witch. I love ho this place is women-owned and all of the tarot decks are made by LGTBQ folks or women. Super impressed with this store and blessed that I get to live by this place."

-Sarah, M. Seattle, Wa

 

"Perfectly curated collections. I appreciate the owners focus on supporting femmes, POC, and queer creators in her shop!"

-Evelyn K. Seattle, Wa

 

"This shop sells so many unique items you won’t find anywhere else. It’s well worth it to check out!"

-Allison, H. Seattle, Wa

 

"The owner is friendly and kind. Beautiful unique tarot decks and books and your essential gems and stones for your witchy practices. Highly recommend stopping by."

-Sarah, M. Seattle, Wa

 

"Wow! Such a dreamy store full of such a beautiful selection of magical goodness! Highly recommend :)"

-Megan, C. Seattle, Wa

 

"This place is amazing!"

-Troy, I. Seattle, Wa

Is now a good time to open a retail store?

 

The Seattle retail market is experiencing faster sales growth than any other area in the nation.

According to a second quarter report for 2019 of Seattle retail sales by Marcus & Millichap, there has been a 10% increase in retail sales in the past 12 months.

The area’s population also continues to increase with individuals blessed with high-income jobs that allow for ample discretionary spending. This positive trend is expected to continue indefinitely as Seattle is also the second fastest growing city in America.

Do people really support this stuff?

The spiritual climate of the United States is rapidly changing with many people forging their own spiritual beliefs and practices.

A 2017 survey by Pew Research Center found 

27% of polled Americans identified as "spiritual but not religious",

48% of polled Americans said they were "both spiritual and religious"

PRESS

 

Present Day Tarot Blog

 


Present Day Tarot Welcomes Mt. Baker’s New Metaphysical Store

Visiting Phantom Quartz is like stepping into tarot’s Star card. 

 

The new metaphysical shop in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood has an etherial feel. Decorated in white and gold and filled with living things — crystals, plants, tarot cards! — the atmosphere is both tranquil and energized. Like the Star card, it is the embodiment of an inspiration. 

I spoke with the owner, Sofia McKee, whose dream and hard work transformed a once-invisible entry nook into a small oasis on the business strip. She talked to me about her life path and the intention that went into shaping the Phantom Quartz metaphysical boutique

First, the name, In very lay person’s terms (for my benefit), Sofia explains

that a phantom quartz is formed when the development of a crystal is

interrupted by a change in conditions. It could be dust, a chemical shift, a

temperature change… some assault to the unfolding process. If balance

is restored and growth resumes, the resulting crystal will have a visible

shadow of a smaller crystal within it. Sofia sees it as a representation of

growth after trauma. Just as tarot’s Star card follows the Lighting-Struck

Tower, the vision for Sofia’s shop started forming the day she realized that

her biggest trauma — the childhood loss of her father to suicide — did not

have to define her. That realization helped Sofia own her natural gifts for

art and healing, and then trust that following those gifts would guide her

to where she needed to be.

Sofia’s path led her to a two-story multi-use brick building in the Mt. Baker business district. The building was completed on the numerologically auspicious date of 11/22, in the financially inauspicious year of 1930. Sofia, who was brought up in Snohomish, schools me on the history of the building I’ve walked by daily for most of my life. It was originally slated to be taller and to house a movie theater on the ground floor. But the Great Depression — a change in conditions — threw dust on the plan, making it a phantom quartz of its own. 

The building may well be ready for a new surge of energy. “This neighborhood — and in particular, this building — is magic,” Sofia says. “I can’t even say how much being here means to me.” She muses about the quirks and hidden corners of the building, and is grateful that things fell into place so rapidly once she committed to the space. “I can feel the building loving this,” she exclaims. Honestly, I can, too.

Sofia — along with her partner Kim, who owns the Velvet Elk cocktail lounge a few doors down — is investing in the present and future of the Mt. Baker neighborhood. Her contribution is a gem of a place that features women-made and LGBTQ-friendly products, including indie tarot and oracle decks that are difficult to find in mainstream stores.* Go if you can. You’ll be surprised how the tiny shop can hold your attention and fill you with wonder, like a bright, shimmering star.

Store location: Phantom Quartz Metaphysical Boutique / 2805 Mt Rainier Dr S Seattle WA United States 98144

* The tarot card images shown here are from decks for sale at Phantom Quartz. The top-left Star card and the Tower card are from the Spolia Tarot. The top-right Star card is from the Starchild Tarot, and the lower-left Star card is from the Moonchild Tarot.

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Yetta Snow Tarot Reader

Yetta Snow is a tarot reader and educator based in Seattle’s Mt. Baker neighborhood. To find out more about her business, go to presentdaytarot.com. To stay abreast of her events, writing, and special offers, join the Present Day Tarot email list.

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Qurb Magazine

 

CommunityFeatures

Two New Queer Owned Businesses Set To Open In Seattle’s Mount Baker Neighborhood

The Velvet Elk and Phantom Quartz open June 1st.

Qurb Magazine Qurb Magazine  May 30, 2019

Mount Baker, notably one of Seattle’s best neighborhood pockets, is getting not one, but two new businesses  opening up in the historic Mount Baker Court building on South McClellan Street. Partners, Kim Beecroft and Sofia McKee, have opened a pair of unique businesses, giving the neighborhood a splash of new life. As part of the queer community, Kim and Sofia are both committed to serving a diverse population, LGBTQ, and POC.

The Velvet Elk, formerly The Saloon, is a lush, sumptuously-decorated lounge that could easily have come from another era. Filled with collectible vintage furniture and velvet paintings, the staff serve up craft cocktails in crystal glasses. “When people are in here, there is no Seattle freeze. They put down their phones and actually talk to each other,” says Kim, whose mission was to create an inclusive and non-pretentious cocktail bar.

Kim, a lifelong creative professional, parted ways with Amazon after 10 years to set upon her path to find and open a cocktail bar. As luck would have it, the previous owners of The Saloon had just put it up for sale. Things happened fast and within two months, she took over the bar. Kim, with the help of Sofia, quickly turned it into a decadent lounge. In April, the name was officially updated to The Velvet Elk, inspired by the majestic black velvet painting in the front of the bar.

Shortly after acquiring The Velvet Elk, it came to their attention that the adjacent retail space had also become available. It proved to be a perfect spot for Sofia’s dream boutique, Phantom Quartz. Sofia has been inspired by the world of the unknown since she was a child, growing up with its presence in her family. “I thought everyone’s grandma had tarot cards,” she said, noting her childhood days of playing in the woods in Snohomish wearing her grandmother’s dress. She wanted to create a mystical, magical place that would not only be a shop, but a space for others to discover beautiful, meaningful, and inspirational personal magick. From there, Phantom Quartz was born.

Phantom Quartz, as its name may suggest, will sell a variety of goods including crystals, plants, tarot cards, books, candles, jewelry, and a curated selection of vintage treasures with a focus on metaphysical items. Truly a one-of-a-kind shop, it will be officially opening for business on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.

 

The Velvet Elk
3605 S McClellan St
Seattle, WA 98122
Hours
Sun – Thurs 4 – 11 pm
Fri & Sat 4 – 1 am

Phantom Quartz
2805 Mt Rainier Dr S
Seattle, WA 98144
Thurs – Sat 1 – 7 pm
Sun 12 – 4 pm

 

For more details on either The Velvet Elk or Phantom Quartz, please visit their respective websites at www.velvet-elk.com or www.phantom-quartz.com

 

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ALWAYS PROUD

How to Support the Queer Community Year-Round

A compendium of ways to be an LGBTQ ally beyond Pride Month.

By Sam Jones  6/13/2019 at 9:00am

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IMAGE: BRETT CURTISS / FLICKR

As much as we eagerly await June’s rainbow-fueled festivities, our targeted support for the queer community doesn’t have to be restricted to a mere 30 days. Seattle’s robust LGBTQ+ community means there are tons of queer-owned businesses, advocacy groups, and events. Here are a few ways you can show your allyship year-round.

1. Attend a Whole Slew of Pride Events

There are a lot of LGBTQ+ and ally events happening this month—don’t let the spotlight parade distract you! These activism events cater to myriad audiences: Queer Prom (June 22), the Trans Pride Parade (June 28), Color Me ProudPrideFest Family Pride, and Queer Youth Pride (all June 29). (Oh, and Family Pride will have a doggy drag show.) For even more events, check out Gay City’s and Seattle Pride’s calendars.

 

Kim Beecroft and Sofia McKee of Mount Baker’s Velvet Elk and Phantom Quartz.

IMAGE: KRIS BEECROFT

2. Support Queer-Owned Businesses

From cupcake eateries to funky tattoo parlors, here are a few of our local out and proud companies.

Cupcake Royale

Known for funky desserts (kombucha sorbet, compost bin cupcakes), this outside-the-box bakeshop with Capitol Hill, Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle and Downtown locations serves up sweet treats for everyone, even the gluten-averse. Whether you go for the over-the-top rainbow sherbet cupcake or stick with the Plain Jane, one thing is certain—you have to check out their June specialty, The Gay.

The Velvet Elk and Phantom Quartz 

When Kim Beecroft left her corporate job at Amazon and her partner Sofia McKee decided to venture outside of hairdressing, the power couple pursued a new path: opening a side-by-side bar and metaphysical shop in Mount Baker. The Velvet Elk, previously known as The Saloon, sports a uniquely sexy, femme vibe, complete with board games, rentable Polaroid cameras, movie showings and trivia nights, and live music. Pop next door to find McKee’s carefully curated collection of tarot cards, crystals, plants, and other items to help you connect to the earth. Both businesses are intrinsically intentional with their purchases—nearly all of Phantom Quartz’s inventory was created by queer folks, women, or people of color.

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Ortho-Bionomy

60 minute Ortho-Bionomy session. A hands-on homeopathic healing with Sofia at Phantom Quartz  The session is a gentle, non-intrusive body work for healing, pain relief and break through by releasing the holding patterns of the body which allows the nervous system bring the body back into balance. Session held at Phantom Quartz.

AND our exclusive, limited edition Phantom Quartz sweatshirt as our way of saying thanks and for showing your support for Phantom Quartz.

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$35
Playlist or Yoga Class recording

Choose from one;

Phantom Quartz Playlist - Listen to Phantom Quartz Vibes all day, over 5 hours of music!

A 30 minute yoga MP3 class guided by Sofia that you can take anywhere! Choose from:

-Restorative Yoga

         A gentle floor practice that is deeply rejuvenating. 

-Yin Yoga

         A deep inward practice with long yet passive postures.

-Yoga Nidra

         A profound practice that is conscious sleeping. 

-Vinyasa

        A active practice that flows through postures with the breath. 

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$250
Soul Blind Spot Session

45 minute Soul Blind Spot session with Sofia. Not your typical psychic or tarot reading, a Soul Blind Spot psychic reading connects with the higher self to illuminate questions and/or challenges that are hidden. These are the stubborn patterns that perpetuate mental, emotional and spiritual limitations. Sofia will channel into your personal blind spot to help you break free for these recurring patterns. Available in person, Skype or email. 

AND our exclusive, limited edition Phantom Quartz sweatshirt as our way of saying thanks and for showing your support for Phantom Quartz.

 

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$300
Private Yoga Class

One hour Private Yoga Class for you and up to five friends.

Choice of style -Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra or a combination of these. 

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$650
Personal Space Energy Recharge

2 hour Personal Space Energy Recharge. Sofia will come to your house or office for an energetic cleansing and redecorating for 2 rooms of your home. She will help you clear out stagnated energy that may be impending on your mood and productivity. Then create a protective and productive energy field around your space. Seattle area only.

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$600
Personalized Private Event

Work with Sofia to create the ultimate Phantom Quartz experience! From hosting your own private shopping party to hosting a private workshop, Sofia will work with you to co-create a truly unique and customized experience. Includes a 15 min event consultation and ideation session, and exclusive use of Phantom Quartz shop.

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$1,000
Whole Self Reboot and Reset

Want to make a huge shift? This multi session package includes

an hour long Soul Blind Sport Session,

2 separate hour long Otho-bionomy bodywork sessions,

and a 2 hour Personal Space Energy Recharge. 

Can be spaced out over 1 month

 

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Support Sofia and Phantom Quartz because you care!

0 Supporters
Contribute
$250
Ortho-Bionomy

60 minute Ortho-Bionomy session. A hands-on homeopathic healing with Sofia at Phantom Quartz  The session is a gentle, non-intrusive body work for healing, pain relief and break through by releasing the holding patterns of the body which allows the nervous system bring the body back into balance. Session held at Phantom Quartz.

AND our exclusive, limited edition Phantom Quartz sweatshirt as our way of saying thanks and for showing your support for Phantom Quartz.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Playlist or Yoga Class recording

Choose from one;

Phantom Quartz Playlist - Listen to Phantom Quartz Vibes all day, over 5 hours of music!

A 30 minute yoga MP3 class guided by Sofia that you can take anywhere! Choose from:

-Restorative Yoga

         A gentle floor practice that is deeply rejuvenating. 

-Yin Yoga

         A deep inward practice with long yet passive postures.

-Yoga Nidra

         A profound practice that is conscious sleeping. 

-Vinyasa

        A active practice that flows through postures with the breath. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$250
Soul Blind Spot Session

45 minute Soul Blind Spot session with Sofia. Not your typical psychic or tarot reading, a Soul Blind Spot psychic reading connects with the higher self to illuminate questions and/or challenges that are hidden. These are the stubborn patterns that perpetuate mental, emotional and spiritual limitations. Sofia will channel into your personal blind spot to help you break free for these recurring patterns. Available in person, Skype or email. 

AND our exclusive, limited edition Phantom Quartz sweatshirt as our way of saying thanks and for showing your support for Phantom Quartz.

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$300
Private Yoga Class

One hour Private Yoga Class for you and up to five friends.

Choice of style -Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra or a combination of these. 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$650
Personal Space Energy Recharge

2 hour Personal Space Energy Recharge. Sofia will come to your house or office for an energetic cleansing and redecorating for 2 rooms of your home. She will help you clear out stagnated energy that may be impending on your mood and productivity. Then create a protective and productive energy field around your space. Seattle area only.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$600
Personalized Private Event

Work with Sofia to create the ultimate Phantom Quartz experience! From hosting your own private shopping party to hosting a private workshop, Sofia will work with you to co-create a truly unique and customized experience. Includes a 15 min event consultation and ideation session, and exclusive use of Phantom Quartz shop.

6 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Whole Self Reboot and Reset

Want to make a huge shift? This multi session package includes

an hour long Soul Blind Sport Session,

2 separate hour long Otho-bionomy bodywork sessions,

and a 2 hour Personal Space Energy Recharge. 

Can be spaced out over 1 month

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward