The history surrounding Zen goes back over 20 years when Sylvia Chandler wanted to share health tips with the world...
Sylvia had been using plants, herbs and various alternative and complementary therapies all through her life and had a vision to open up a shop that could help people discover how to take care of themselves, naturally. Serenity was the first spiritual shop opened on Corporation Street, this was moved to Brindleyplace in 1995 with the name of Zen and the art of flower arranging, which was eventually changed to simply Zen. Zen has gone from strength to strength opening a Moseley branch in 1998 focusing on holistic healing with its in house therapy centre.
Zen could be described as a home for all aspects of Spirituality for the mind, body & Soul. The incredible smells of incense are the first thing to hit you as you enter the treasure trove of beautiful buddhas, Tibetan artifacts, gorgeous handmade crystal jewellery, Wicca and Pagan wares, crystal gemstones, mind opening books, herbal tinctures and teas, aromatherapy oils, Tarot cards and much much more. The shops are full to the brim of amazing unusual giftwear, perfect for anyone who is hard to buy for! It doesn't stop there either, Zen has built up a fantastic reputation for Tarot and Psychic Readings with both shops having Tarot card readers, palm readers and psychics available every day as well as large range of holistic massages and treatments to relax and heal. There are also many workshops and courses running from Tarot for Beginners Courses to Chi Kung, see what is coming up on the Current Events page. Zen has built up a reputation for educating and informing and never being afraid to be controversial - from urine therapy to magic mushrooms - the shops are well-known and loved by many people through all walks of life.
Expanding with time and with Sylvia's two daughters running the company with new energy and excitement for all things Zen, they moved the Brindleyplace branch to a much larger shop in Digbeth, the emerging arts and cultural centre of Birmingham in 2010. The new home for this bustling hippy hub has proved to be the perfect home and is now host to Zen's Psychic & Spiritual Fair which is renowned for attracting over 600 people each weekend it runs!
Zen sends everyone love, light and laughter and hopes that it can share and experience everything it holds in-store with those on the web too. Please call us if you need any help, or If in Birmingham please do pop in to say hello to one of our friendly team!
Love, Light & laughter
Sylvia, Kate, Megan & all the Zen Family
Hi, I'm Tahmina Begum and I was in The Zen Shop in Digbeth a few weeks ago and asked to write an article about it from a fashion inspiration perspective, it is posted now. I thought I would let you know as well as tweeting you about it to remind you.
I hope you enjoy it! Thank you,
~ Tahmina B.
I love Zen, I have been a loyal customer for many years. Some days I go and browse to give myself a boost. The staff don't judge you and are really welcoming - I love the taster weekends and ensure I always attend with my girls - highly recommended +++
~ Jo Westwood
Zen is a magical shop.......highly recommend it....well worth a visit.......guarantee you will keep going back for more
~ Mandy Edgington
I Love this shop. Greetings from someone from Norway who dropped by once :)
~ Beate Olsen
Loved shabana the allergy testing/herbal practioner! Shows its worth coming down every time, even if i think theres nothing else left to try, am hopeful of what the treatment will do for me!! Thanks again Zen team :D
I would like to say a big THANKYOU to Debbie who has guided me though a journey and gave me clarity in my thoughts and beleife in myself... A truley amazing and gifted lady...I can't wait to join her classes. I've been to see Deb 3 times now and every time she was spot on in the events of my life at that time, past and pressant xXx