We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
Trust. Your. Gut. There has not been one situation where my gut instinct has been wrong. The only time I put myself in a compromised situation is when I listened to others over what my intuition was telling me. Opening Open Eye Crystals was my first entrepreneurial endeavor and was very green to business operations so I was keen on listening from other experienced people in my life when it came to how I should run the business. I gave their advice a thoughtful listen and if it didn’t give me Christmas lights in my stomach, I moved on. There was one instance where multiple people gave the same piece of wisdom as to how we should construct our shipping services. It didn’t seem like the right fit for us, but since multiple folks said the same thing, I figured I better take it. That moment of side stepping my intuition around these people’s advice cost me $11,000 on a botched shipment from a premier customer. It was the last time my gut feelings took a back seat in my decision making.
What should our readers know about your business?
The purpose of this space is to serve the Los Angeles community and expose the public to different modalities of spirituality while better connecting them to both themselves and the Earth. Crystals are natural healing tools, and we want to gently arm the people with tools for self-care, either through metaphysical items, rituals or classes. We want to give people the power and tools to define their own spirituality. The idea around Open Eye Crystals is to create an environment for those who are ‘crystal curious’ and experienced mystics alike to explore themselves in a safe space. The crystals bring up many emotions for people and we want to hold room for that. Whether those feelings are celebratory, painful, or somewhere in between, the crystals are allies to help process and heal. When I was newly on my spiritual path, I felt overwhelmed, shy and slightly embarassed about asking any questions when going to a crystal store. I was often times met with a store employee who scoffed at my elementary inquiries. I deeply wanted to erase that feeling from anyone’s experience. Our purpose is to uplift and help you feel in your power about your spirituality and practices Open Eye Crystals meets you where you are at in your journey. There is no judgement. It’s a venue for the postmodern mystic: the babe who packs both a crystal and a flask. For people of all genders and backgrounds who seek to know themselves better while also connecting to nature, a higher presence, or perhaps just a community of the similarly curious.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a huge fan of wine in the park, backyard hangs, and have a deep love for cocktails. So my out of towners experience a heavy combo of the two when they stay with me. Day 1 Republique for breakfast- always with the chilaquiles and croissants. Hi-Lo Market for thoughtfully curated wine, beer and snackies. Elysian Park with said Hi-Lo goods. Maybe hit up the swan paddleboats if we feel up for it. Night + Market for spicy Thai dinner and bomb drinks. Day2 Open Eye Crystals because my friends only like for the free crystals hook up. Park at LACMA/La Brea Tar Pits to polish off any wine bottles from day prior. Here’s Looking at You for dinner and of course the cocktails.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Laura Ellis, who taught me the deep cuts about minerals and helped get the store up and running. Courtney Bensik, my right arm who cared for the business like her own and helped elevate our customer service experience. Captolia Eaton, our social media manager who refined my vision and built a virtual community like no other. Ricky Fabrizio, our photographer and catch-all support who oils all the wheels and makes it seem so easy. My parents, who supported me every inch of the way while holding space for me make it my own- mistakes and triumphs and all! To these gems, I am forever grateful.