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In 1998, a young woman who was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago relocated herself, a son and a daughter from Brooklyn, New York to Claymont, Delaware.  Still grieving from the untimely death of her fiance’ and left alone to raise the small children she decided to become a small business owner.

A transplant from New York unable to find the cultural exchanges that she had grown accustomed decided to open Mejah Books, Inc .

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Emlyn DeGannes, or “Ms. M” as she prefers to be called left the Interior Design Industry in NY to become a small vendor in the Tri-State Mall.  There are days when Mejah Books, Inc. is filled with the sounds of Latin, Caribbean or Reggae music, but on this particular Saturday it was the soothing sounds of Meditation Music.

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The staff is pleasant and engaging, you are invited to purchase a cup of coffee, tea or water while you shop. However, if not there to make a purchase feel free to take a seat to read, relax, meditate, or even take a nap.  The aroma, a mixture of oils and incense envelops you into warm comfort.

I walked around checking out the many book titles, magazines, artwork, handcrafted jewelry, body scrubs and lotions. It reminded me of the small boutiques in Soho, as men women and children wandered in and out exchanging pleasantries, enjoying a family day outing.  It didn’t feel as though I had entered this Zen-like area from the cool corridors of a Mall.

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There are books of interest for everyone including children who are welcomed to come in, sit and relax with or without their parents, a perfect place for the back to school crowd.

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Ms. M is also an author and one of her recent works “Voices…Letters to Ms. Em Reflections of Life While Doing Life” is now part of the Education curriculum at the University of Delaware where she is also a guest speaker.

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Now that her son, Jordan and daughter Jewel are grown, she continues to work even outside of the bookstore.  She mentors young ladies through Voices of Beautiful Flowers; is a Cyber School Instructor with achievementcharter.com and she also receives correspondence from inmates from all over the world.  Ms. M takes time to write each of them back or she may send a book of encouragement.  In the back room she has a credenza that contains hundreds of letters and cards from these men and women.

To say, Ms. M is a busy lady would be an understatement, “every day brings more life to discover, you just have to open your heart to find it.”

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If you happen to be in Claymont, stop in at the TriState Mall and visit Ms. M at Mejah Books, Inc.  The shop is open everyday, Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and on Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.  I look forward to returning and featuring her in another one of her many community projects.

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The Java House Café in Middletown recently hosted two books signings for local authors.  The first one was on Saturday with Richelle N. Rodgers, author of Forever Growing A Journey of Trust.  This autobiography gives you insight into her life which is filled with joy and sadness as well as near death experiences by both she and her husband, but her strong faith and trust in God has given her more than the world has taken.

Richelle is Philadelphia native presently residing in Elkton, Maryland with her husband of 38 years and is a grandmother of triplets.  Her passion for empowering others to be the best they can be in their relationship with God is prevalent throughout the book.  As a Franchise Consultant in both the Museum and Insurance industries as well as an Independent Contractor for CCI, she has had the opportunity to travel outside of the United States including trips to Bosnia and Italy.  Richelle is currently a Lay Prayer Associate and an Eucharistic Minister and Lector at her church.

Richelle has dedicated her life in helping others and as a Vietnam Vet is currently working on a Women Veteran Leadership Awards Symposium to be held in DC this fall.

The book is also available as an eReader at both www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble and a schedule of book signings can be found at www.richellerodgers.com.

It took 3 years of prayer and the encouragement from family and friends for this book to become the first in what I believe will be a successful career of an Inspirational author.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” – Proverbs 3:5

Author Richelle Rodgers

Richelle Rodgers with Leon BrownRichelle and Small Business Owner Leon Brown

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Book Signing

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On Saturday, at the Dutch Country Farmers Market I had an opportunity to meet a wonderful vendor representing her own small business

Sugar Spice and Everything Nice

Tina Taylor, Direct Seller

Tina Taylor, is a Direct Distributor of easy gourmet products from her pantry to help make your cooking easier.  Most of the items in the product line require only one or two additional ingredients, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen especially now with the better weather!

All of the products are made from the finest ingredients with offerings of sugar free and gluten free options. Whether you prefer sweet, savory or spicy, the ever-expanding product line has something for you and the entire family.

What makes Sugar Spice and Everything Nice so unique is that in addition to the packaged gourmet products she also offers many delicious cooked & baked items daily, full service catering, linen rentals, party supply rentals, balloons & party supplies, invitations, gift baskets as well as many unique favors and gifts.

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Other Great Opportunities That Are Available With Sugar Spice And Everything Nice

Fundraising Program is a unique and exciting venture that has a 50% profit, no upfront investment and FREE shipping or delivery!  If you are looking for an exciting, new product to sell for your organization this is your answer!

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Host a home tasting, cooking or dipping party where she will come in and serve up a variety of dips & drinks and make an amazing dish and you earn free products!  This is a perfect excuse to have a GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!

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Become a consultant and sell the amazing products to generate extra income and free products all while having fun!

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Don’t have the time for a home party…host a catalog party or virtual online show and still earn free products!

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Cooking classes are offered once a month (check website for schedule).

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Customized Gift Baskets available for Holiday, Birthday, Corporate Gift and more!

Cocktail and Mocktail Mixes

Tina is also a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. If you would like to place an order, host a tasting party or if you would like to join her team and sign up as an independent consultant, please visit her website at http://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/ttaylor5

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Product Review Disclosure:  

I did not receive any product in exchange for this review.  

Any sponsored giveaways or posts will be noted as such.


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