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Savage Spirit Transitioning

Savage Spirit will be closing it’s doors forever sometime in mid-September. Starting with a sidewalk sale on Labor Day weekend, there will be great closeout deals on unique clothing and jewelry handcrafted in Moab. In addition, beads and beading supplies along with other craft supplies will be 50% off or more.

Cathya Savage-Haas opened Savage Spirit two years ago with a vision of providing unique, locally and regionally handcrafted clothing, jewelry and gifts to Moab and it’s visitors.

Cathya moved to Moab from Los Angeles in 1996 and began doing art festivals with her handcrafted clothing. A month later she met her late husband, jewelry artist Jim Haas, at a festival. For several years they travelled together doing art festivals. Wanting to spend more time in Moab, in 1998, Cathya and Jim opened Cave Dreamers, with Desert Savage clothing and Stoneage Jewelry, plus other handcrafted items by friends from festivals. Cave Dreamers became an integral part of the Moab arts and crafts community for 7 years. However Jim’s gypsy soul missed the excitement of traveling, so Cave Dreamers closed and Jim and Cathya returned to the art festival life. After several years of this, Cathya wanted to spend more time at home in Moab and opened Savage Spirit. In one of those funny twists of fate, Cathya ended up in the same location where Cave Dreamers had been. Many people remembered Cave Dreamers and were delighted to have her back and the store started very successfully.

But then the summer of 2012 was devastating for Cathya personally. Jim, her husband and partner of 16 years, suddenly became ill and died. A month later, her father died. And then two months after that, her beloved poodle Athena died. The store gave Cathya a reason to keep going and a safe place during her early grief. Then this year, business went down, way down. Cathya did her best to keep it going, but without her partner, she just didn’t have the heart to persevere. Finally facing the financial realities, Cathya knew that she had to close the store.

Luckily, as doors closed other ones opened. Cathya is going to go back to school for psychology and become a therapist. Sadly, she has to leave Moab to do this. And in another funny twist of fate, a relationship from 35 years ago was rekindled and Cathya is moving to New Jersey, just outside of New York City. Although Cathya is sad to leave Moab, she is grateful for the 17 years she had here, where she was able to find an amazing creative partner and able to make a living doing what she loved. Through her recent experiences, Cathya hopes to help others to move through loss and grief and just like a phoenix being reborn out of the ashes, find what new life can be created.

So take the time to stop by Savage Spirit, say farewell and pick up some beautiful, handcrafted items at great prices. Savage Spirit, 87 N Main

New Museum Book Highlights Moab’s History

The Museum of Moab is excited to announce the release of it’s book Images of America Moab and Grand County published by Arcadia Publishing. The book explores the history of Moab from the 1800s to the early Uranium Boom. Images drawn from the Museum collection are put in a historical context telling the story of how Moab grew from an abandoned fort to a bustling boom town. Author and Museum Curator Travis Schenck has worked hard to comb the Museum of Moab’s collection of over 2000 images to create a work that tells the story of our community. “It was hard to pick from so many photos and there are so many stories that I was unable to include,” Remarked Schenck,”but the these are some of the most interesting photos and stories about Moab.”

The book will be available on September 9th for purchase from the Museum of Moab, local bookstores, and on-line through both Arcadia Publishing website and The Museum will be holding a special book signing September 9th at 5:30 PM at the Museum 118 E Center Street. The Signing will include a short lecture as well highlighting many of the photos in the book and other stories as well. Copies of the book will be limited at the Museum. You can reserve a copy of the book by calling the Museum at 435.259.7985

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