Locally Owned and Independent Since 1982 CRAZY WISDOM BOOKSTORE Serving the Community for Over 35 Years
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After our Announcement of the closing of Crazy Wisdom’s brick-and-mortar bookstore on Main Street in Ann Arbor, on February 15, 2022, we have received an outpouring of wonderful comments from the community. We wanted to share some of them with you.


(We will be continuing to publish The Crazy Wisdom Journal, in print and online, and our online Biweekly Ezine, and maintaining our crazywisdom.net and crazywisdomjournal.com websites, plus our shopcrazywisdom.com and AnnArborHolistic.com websites!)

"“I’m so sad to hear you are closing! Crazy Wisdom is where I met my husband, and love of my life. You had just opened the Tea Room, I was in line to order, and right then and there we met.

We ended up talking for hours that night. Today we’ve been together 22 years, and have 3 daughters. Thank you for being our special place and part our most cherished moments.”

                                                                                                                                                  — Jillian Addy


“Thank you for the truly special role your place has played in our community for so long.”

                                                                                                                                         — Ann Sheppard


“Many blessings to you as you consider your next steps. This kind of transition is obviously being entered into with a lot of consideration and compassion. May you have a clear sense of direction and the correct connections to create your next chapter.”

                                                                                                                                    — Donna Sink Copeland


“CW is my favorite store in town. I will miss it desperately, and now I need to visit a few times before you close (or transform) the space. Thank you for all the many ways you have served the community. CW is one of the top 3 places I always take visitors to - I’ll miss the safe, calm, energy I always feel when I’m inside the shop. Thank you and Be Well!”

                                                                                                                                          — Tracey Marchyok


“Crazy Wisdom played a very special, significant role in my life and development. I am forever grateful to you and Ruth - and all of the others who helped make it the special place it is. Congratulations on this transition.”

                                                                                                                                                — Alyssa Northrop


“Congrats, Bill and Ruth Schekter ! Sending you both much love as you make this transition. The store has been such a beautiful gift to our community these many years! And I’m glad to have had my part in it”

                                                                                                                                         — Abbie Stählin Gentry


“Crazy Wisdom is closing their store. My heart is broken, but I understand - the wonderful couple who own it are getting older - wanting to focus on their online presence and their desire to raise consciousness. This place, which has been more than a “store” to me, is where I have met my best of friends, where I went to find my balance, knowledge, and inner peace. After my final divorce proceedings, I walked into the store and was embraced by the love that this place possessed. It simply soothed my soul. Crazy Wisdom was my destination when going downtown. Anytime I walked in, I inhaled and felt I was home. The people who work there are truly the best and I will miss not

being able to see them. I have a few months left to inhale - and hope that someone will buy/rent the space and continue their tradition.”

                                                                                                                                                      — Moira Payne


“My strongest attachments were to their original location on 4th -- oh, the little jingle as you opened that wooden door, the immediate immersing and embracing incense, the always perfect cd playing, the narrow wooden meditation bench in the back section -- everywhere peace, acceptance, a space and place and series of moments to just Be *and to know it.* When they moved to Main St, so many of us had to shift energies and grow just as CW was growing and changing, a reminder that we always take with us who and what we are. Time, in this physical reality, keeps moving, and here we are again. Here we are still. Sad and sweet, another passing, another opportunity for deep appreciation. Thanks for posting.”

                                                                                                                                                              — Mary Mac


“You have served and enriched your/our Ann Arbor community and beyond so well all these many years! Thank you very much - with all best wishes for whatever adventure and magic lies ahead. Much love and appreciation to you all!”

                                                                                                                                          — Kathy Foxworthy Laritz


“Discovered this place when I was in junior high. My stepdad used to take me and my friends to Ann Arbor from Napoleon and we would always stop here. Ugh so sad.”

                                                                                                                                                    — Kait Lorraine


“Thanks for the amazing way in which you have held space for expanding consciousness in SE Michigan.”

                                                                                                                                    — Lindsay Passmore


“aww, this place was synonymous with my growing up in A2 . I found it to be an oasis for my curious mind. thanks for making the world a better place one book at a time:) will always have fond memories”

                                                                                                                                               — Tas Tsementzis


“Your bookstore provided me with some of the most deeply profound changes in my life and best experiences of growth as a result of the books I bought in your store. I’m so sad to see you go, but hope you’ll fill the space with more enlightened, diverse, consciousness raising opportunity.”

                                                                                                                                                — Kristen Clore


“This is very sad news you guys were the main reason we drove out to Ann Arbor it’s such a peaceful place I’m sad to see such a unique spiritual place of knowledge unusual things to find tea and peace be gone if you can please have an online store we absolutely love crazy wisdom”

                                                                                                                                              — Cherie Lucas


“I’m so so sad to read this. Please say it’s not true. Your store is one of my most favorite places on earth and the thought of you not being there breaks my heart. I understand the impact of the pandemic and can’t imagine how hard the last year and half has been. My heart goes out to you. I wish you all the best and will forever be thankful for having discovered your store when I first visited the art fair 10 years ago. I have many many cherished memories of being in your store and the tearoom. Blessings to you all as you move forward with your new ventures.”

                                                                                                                                                — Debbie Collins


“Thanks for all the years of running Crazy Wisdom! I met my fiance in the tea room, and we were so happy you let us take our engagement pictures upstairs even though it was closed. Thank you so much for that, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”

                                                                                                                                                      — Tommy Coupar


“I am so sad that Crazy Wisdom will be closing as it is one of my favorite places in Ann Arbor. Thank you for all the wonderful treasures I found on countless visits to your lovely store. Wishing you blessings and joy in your next chapter.”

                                                                                                                                                       — Elaine Wong


“Thank you for everything you’ve done for our community and for me personally. My own journey blossomed more fully because of Crazy Wisdom. I’ll always have many wonderful memories of the times I spent combing the shelves, learning new skills in the upstairs meeting room, and making new friends in your store. Wishing you all the best in your next chapter.”

                                                                                                                                                      — Lori O’Dell


“My wife & I have been coming into town, sometimes specifically to visit Crazy Wisdom bookstore, for many years. You will be missed. A true Ann Arbor landmark. Good luck in your next endeavors.”

                                                                                                                                                    — Jim Grenoble


“Extremely heartbreaking! CW is my all time favorite bookstore and have spent many a years now in its cozy nooks and corners reading and sipping tea. It was my “go to” place whenever I needed to unwind and spend time with myself. I grew by leaps and bounds with it spiritually aesthetically and culturally. Not only the most loved place by me but also my family members! The collection of books is like no other, specially handpicked for its customers and voracious readers. CW’s nurturing space will be immensely missed for its amalgamation of all cultures it’s vibe and magic. Good luck as you move forward and make new beginnings.”

                                                                                                                                                        — Avni Shah


“This breaks the piece of my heart that will always and ever belong to Crazy Wisdom. I’m so glad I was a part of its history, but beyond sad that it’s over, at least in its current state.

Bill and Ruth, I wish you all the best as you enter this next phase of your journey. Thank you for making Crazy Wisdom the gem that it is”

                                                                                                                                                   — Susie Keat


“I guess it is crazy wisdom to close.

(From Trungpa:”Crazy wisdom is about having a free mind, one that is not held down by preconceived notions or cultural conventions. Crazy Wisdom is about living in this moment, rather than having all of our perceptions colored by what we think about the past, the future, or the ideas we have about things.”)”

                                                                                                                                                       — Ellen Sapper


“The love, community and consciousness you helped create could be felt walking in the store or opening the pages of the journal. Beautiful.”

                                                                                                                                                      — Dennis Muzzi



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