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Bear Book And Candle

Proprietor: Collins
Telephone: (618) 233-2400
Located in: Belleville, Illinois

Shop Profile: Posting as of Nov/Dec 2010
UPDATED 8/22/2011
UPDATED 12/19/2011
UPDATED 10/19/2012
UPDATED 5/19/2013

After twenty years in business in Belleville, IL we are relieved to say that we have honoured the shop Creator, Gail Collins, with sincerity and admiration as we announce that we will be closing the store, now two years past her passing.

The journey she travelled with many friends - from Bearly Used Books morphing into the largest metaphysical store this side of the muddy Mississippi in Southern IL, to this day known as Bear Book & Candle.

Gail delivered a new age of enlightenment to the closed-minded politicians of the city, and often met with resistance because of her desire to bring the area freedom of expression through their religious beliefs; namely Wicca. Today, the cozy store gives each person who enters a feeling of serenity and calm, a place where no matter what their belief, the customer is met with understanding and acceptance and even some assurance that we are all holding onto the same thread in this life.

Please stop in during regular hours of TUES & THURS 11-5 and on SAT 11-6. Always call ahead, because I am happy to accommodate other hours and days by appointment. Also, if some emergency or interruption should arise, I wouldn't want a customer to travel for nothing and be disappointed, should I not be there during regular hours.

We will begin the GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE for the month of :

with 50% off storewide, everything over $10.00 For items less than $10.00 we will offer a discount. There are very few items in the store that are consignment, but they are excluded from the sale but will be discounted.

with 60% off storewide, everything over $5.00 For items less than $5.00 we will offer a discount.

with 75% off storewide, everything. EVERYTHING.

wish me a Happy Birthday!
If you have a birthday in August, show your valid ID and receive 80% off storewide, EVERYTHING.
The 75% off storewide continues for those folks born during the other eleven months.

I imagine by the end of August the store stock will have been depleted considerably, at which time and during the month of August we will also be selling store displays. Please take advantage of shopping early for the best choice of displays.

If any shop owners wish to contact us for bulk item purchases, please do so and schedule an appointment.

On behalf of the store owner, Ray Collins, and the memory of Gail, I thank each and every person who has come thru the doors of Bear Book & Candle during the last twenty years, for the wonderful gift of a very Merry Meet after which I offer you all a Merry we Part as we each continue on in the days ahead to always remember the frail lady who befriended each person coming and going along their ways, Gail Collins.

Blessed Be to ALL


**CANDLES: We have a lovely line of incoming candles including Double Action two color candles, and Human Form figure candles along with Coin candles! We also have a few left of the Once in a Blue Moon candles containing crystal points and other gemstones. Made ONLY once in a blue moon!

***OUIJA BOARDS - Yes, we have artisan repurposed original Ouija boards and handmade planchettes. Highly active. Remember to use extreme caution while communicating with spirits, along with appropriate protective measures. Tis the season for hauntings!

***WIRE-WRAP PENDANTS: Sterling Wire-Wrapped Jewelry - Beautifully created by a local artist, we have a nice assortment of gemstone wire-wraps available for purchase. Best prices around for these amazing works of art! Some copper, as well.

***WANDS - Wood Carved by a local Wizard, we have a great selection of specialty wands. Also handmade glass rod embellished wands and wand pendants.

The Ozark crafted besoms and brooms are available now at half off original prices!!!

SOUL DROPS $3. each or 4/$10. - soul drops are infused with the memory of your department loved one and hung in a sunny place that will be seen often and touched.

PEWTER ORNAMENTS $10. - fairies, dragons, wizards, yin yang, Isis, etc all with sparkling faceted crystal drops

Many of you already know about the loss of the creator and proprietor of Bear Book & Candle, Gail Collins, back in January 2011. For those that did not, please be assured that she is exactly where the goddess intended her to be, at this moment in time and space. The chaos Gail brought to not only her own personal life, but many of ours, is noticed and missed more than she would have ever thought. The store continues, in her memory. I would personally like to thank all of our past customers for their loyal patronage throughout the years, and an especially warm thank you to the new ones who are just finding us.

Regular hours: Tues Thurs 11-5, and Sat 11-6. Call if you need to visit later than posted - or for hours on other days we enjoy accomodating you, but do need advanced notice. We welcome out of town visitors and are happy to open the doors for you! As I am the only employee of the shop, if you are driving any distance to visit us, please call ahead.

Free curbside parking. We are handicap accessible; park in front and use the rear entrance. Our building was a humble recipient of the award winning "Paint The Town" Program sponsored by Delilah, famous radio personality and Home Depot.

Thanks to ALL for your generous support over the past 20 plus years.

Brightest Blessings To All! \\// Peace, Peggy

Note: Credit cards accepted include Master Card/Visa and most Debit Cards. We do NOT accept Discover or American Express cards and we do NOT accept Personal Checks, sorry!

Shop Address: 1111 West Main Street , Belleville Illinois

Directions: We are located eleven blocks west from the Fountain at the Square/Circle downtown - drive 11 blocks just past the 11th Street intersection with the 10th Street Bakery on the corner. They often have BOGO on their delicious cakes!Shop is a Red Brick Building with Cream and Grey "Painted Lady" storefront on the right next to a small rose flower park on the corner. Call for assistance: Illinois 618-233-2400 Small dogs are always welcome inside. Of course if you have a traveling feline, I would be more than happy to have it visit! Birds without flight are encouraged to browse upon shoulders, as well!

Hours of Operation: Tues, Thurs 11-5 & Sat 11-6

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