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‘People just love rocks’: Two Clark County rock shops alike in dignity — but differing a bit in philosophy

Clark County rock-and-mineral retailers welcome customers interested in science, metaphysics

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 13, 2024, 6:13am
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Arlene Handley, the founder of Handley Rock &amp; Jewelry Supply, gazes at some of her shop&rsquo;s gorgeous offerings. &ldquo;Everything you are looking at, that&rsquo;s how it grew in nature,&rdquo; she said.
Arlene Handley, the founder of Handley Rock & Jewelry Supply, gazes at some of her shop’s gorgeous offerings. “Everything you are looking at, that’s how it grew in nature,” she said. (Photos by Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Look at a rock. What do you see?

Most people probably see a lifeless, unremarkable blob. A natural bundle of heartless hardness.

Others may see a fascinating package of chemicals. And still others will sense a living entity with personality and powers that most humans can barely begin to fathom.

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