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KUDOS! Open Mind Center Celebrates Its 10th Year

November 2008.

It’s difficult to imagine a worse time to start a new business, but that’s when Charmaine Taylor opened the doors to The Open Mind Center, a metaphysical store in Roswell.

“The first thing I remember is the recession,” says Taylor. “When we opened our doors, many of our first customers were worrying about finding a new job, keeping their homes, surviving.”

The 6,800-square-foot store not only retails a wide variety of products, but it also includes a yoga studio, a meditation room, three reading rooms and three reiki rooms. It offers 18 yoga classes a week and some 20 to 25 classes and events each month.

The Open Mind Center has been at the same location since opening, and it has not expanded in size. But its mix of offerings has shifted.

In the beginning, Taylor says, “We imagined the product line to be limited, while the bulk of our offerings came in the form of classes and services.” Now, however, “the products are no longer on the side.”

While the center’s offerings have changed, its mission has not.

“The Open Mind Center exists to help those seeking positive emotional and spiritual growth reach their best selves,” says Taylor. “It was our first goal. It will be our last.”

The Center has progressed to the point that Taylor is ready to move forward on two new initiatives: a nonprofit arm of the center and retreat offerings.

The Open Mind Center is located at 1575 Old Alabama Rd #213, Roswell, GA 30076. Call 678-243-5074 or visit

Photo: Open Mind owner Charmaine Taylor

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