By Dawn Krebs
STUART -- After 13 years helping people in Martin County and the surrounding areas, Rita Truax, the owner of Dreamcatcher, announced she is retiring at the end of June.
"This is people's little spot to escape from the pressures of the world," she said. "I'm glad I was able to help people with whatever was bothering them."
Dreamcatcher is located on Federal Highway in Stuart, and over the years, Ms. Truax was able to help people discover all the different ways to have a more balanced life.
"We offer things here to help people relax and become more centered," she said. The store has a large variety of books, candles, crystals, stones and other items to promote personal growth. "They come in with a variety of issues, from daily stresses to specific concerns, and we help them."
Thirteen years ago, when she first realized she wanted more out of life, she retired from her first job and open Dreamcatcher.
"I had never done anything in retail before then," she said. "I had become interested, and at that time a similar store closed. The customers from that store were wondering where to go, and I saw a need for it, so I jumped in."
Ms. Truax will be stepping away from the business around the end of June, but the store will continue to be open.
"The first thing customers do when they enter the store is come in, take a deep breath and say 'ahhh,'" Ms. Truax said. "From the music we play to the aromas, we are here to relax people."
Dreamcatcher is located at 1306 N.W. Federal Highway in Stuart. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, call (772) 692-OWLS (6957).