Sherri Bitting by no means anticipated to fall in love with rocks. She definitely by no means anticipated to promote them. However typically, destiny has a means of fixing issues.
In 2016, Bitting got here to Crescent Metropolis with one plan, see her dad. However that journey turned fateful in some ways.
“I used to be in Arizona, and in 2016, I came over my dad,” she mentioned Saturday. “I went to the swap meet to promote a few of my dad’s stuff. I met this man named Julian who was sitting in entrance of me. He invited me to go obsidian searching in Oregon. I fell in love with rocks then.”
Bitting additionally fell in love with Julian, later marrying him and staying in Northern California. However the rocks shortly turned her ardour.
“Earlier than that, I didn’t discover a rock,” she mentioned. “However then Julian began taking me to the seaside, and I noticed these lovely rocks. They’ve a lot power in them.”
Bitting not solely cherished the colours and shapes, as she studied rocks, she realized they’ve their very own powers. Many crystals have therapeutic powers, which Bitting is aware of personally.
“Each crystal does,” she mentioned. “They’re vibrating, and we’re vibrating. We vibrate on the identical frequency. It’s my understanding the rocks take in the unfavourable ions in our physique. Once I first began serving to Julian, individuals would come as much as the desk and begin dealing with rocks, and I mentioned that is loopy.”
When Bitting got here down with shingles, she struggled to get higher. Then she realized of a rock that would deal with the sickness, so she gave it a shot. In a single day, the shingles dried up and fell off. Now, she doesn’t go away residence with out her crystals.
A number of years in the past, Bitting began promoting rocks alongside the aspect of Freeway 101, however when COVID hit, the state stopped all roadside gross sales. She discovered a brand new location in Smith River and opened her enterprise, Love Rocks n Gems. She now units up exterior beneath a tent on the location on Freeway 101 and Sarina Street. Being exterior permits her to run her enterprise beneath the COVID restrictions. As soon as COVID has waned, she plans to open a storefront on the identical location.
Underneath the tent, Bitting provides rocks for quite a lot of causes. Some are fairly, others have therapeutic powers and a few are issues individuals similar to to purchase. Bitting additionally makes and sells her personal jewellery in an effort to achieve extra individuals.
“Most individuals who cease are on the lookout for therapeutic or fairly or each,” she mentioned.
Bitting mentioned she hopes extra entrepreneurs will be part of her on the Smith River location, saying it’s an affordable strategy to attempt to attain clients.
Bitting mentioned enterprise is sluggish proper now, however she is wanting ahead to the vacationer season.
“It’s been very difficult, however I like it nonetheless. Within the vacationer season, it’s going to be obnoxious,” she mentioned. “So, I employed a lady to assist me out.”
On Saturday, Emily Wagy was serving to, saying she wished to pitch in as a result of she, too, is in love with rocks. Sharing that enthusiasm with Bitting and individuals who cease by is refreshing, she mentioned.
The highest sellers at Love Rocks n Gems are spheres and hearts, with Bitting’s customized jewellery shut behind.
“I do loads of customized work,” she mentioned. “I prefer to put on my rings to check them out. Me and my associates, we check them out.”
Love Rocks n Gems is open from 11 a.m. to five p.m. daily the climate permits. If it’s raining or too windy, they’re compelled to shut.