One of my favorite Cleveland stores has been sold and it isn’t a clothing store. It was Delphic Books on Coventry (1793 Coventry, Cleveland Hts, OH 44118, ph: 216-321-8106). It is now C. Jones Books and Tea and will still be a “new age” bookstore (although I think its more than that – see below). The new store plans on carrying more books and a selection of teas from Phoenix Coffee and Tea. The bookstore currently sells new and used books, CDs, jewelry, essential oils, candles, incense and some miscellaneous pieces. I was wandering around Coventry this weekend and stopped in and was able to meet the new staff who are very, very nice. Below is just a really long good-bye to a place that was very dear to me. I wish the new store the best of luck and the staff of the old store my sincerest good wishes for a bright future.
Delphic Books opened in 1985 and was recognizable by the yellow and blue colors of the store. The store was ahead of the “new age” movement and carried books on a wide variety of topics relating to “is there something more out there?” It was named after the Oracle of Delphi of the Greeks which was an enlightenment and education center of the ancient Greeks. Delphic Books remains a special place to me because every time something went seriously wrong in my life which luckily has not been often, I wound up getting some enlightenment at that store. I would just wander in, talk to the staff and leave with a book that got me thinking.
I first went into the store with my mom as a kid. My mom is pretty open-minded about learning about everything. Although I was raised Catholic, she had no problem with me reading about other religions – she encouraged it in fact. I left that bookstore the first time with a book on “Which Greek goddess are you?” because my mom knew I liked mythology and thought maybe it would help me become a stronger woman (I, of course, was the wimpiest Greek goddess). I left the bookstore one time with a book on the importance of animals to Native Americans because someone entered into my life who believed in animal spirits of Native Americans and I just did not get it. The person believed I was a helper spirit who was there to enlighten her child who was an old soul who could speak to animals. So I got a book, read up on it, got some advice on places to go and better understood the woman and what she was teaching her child.
The really hard stuff in my life was a little different. The stuff that rocks one’s faith in everything can’t be solved by just reading a book. But it can help to sort stuff out. Sometimes, the staff would just talk about something that would get me thinking without knowing what my real problem was. I guess the great part about Delphic Books was that it wasn’t contrived. Just look around, sit and read the book there if you didn’t want to buy it, ask whatever question you wanted. It probably was the closest thing to the Oracle at Delphi that Cleveland ever had. Sometimes, with new age places, it gets a little wrapped up in itself. “Oh, well, buy this crystal and play this CD with monks chanting and burn this incense and everything will be fine!” Delphic Books wasn’t like that – it was more of a journey place. The store even had monthly lectures which were always quite interesting although sometimes, I felt like an idiot because I just did not get it. But at least I was introduced to something that I would have never known otherwise.
I think the new store is going to carry on in the Delphic Book tradition. I certainly hope they will. Check out the store and enjoy this really unique little place on Coventry.