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Gently Spoken Communications is dedicated to providing others with a source of encouragement and inspiration. Our bi-line, "Words for the heart. Wisdom for the journey." is reflected throughout our gift books, stores and speaking engagements.

In addition to writing and creating, Gently Spoken's founder, Cheryl Karpen, is the visionary behind two wildly successful retail gift shops: Something Different and Pure Bliss, located in the historic river town of Anoka, Minnesota. Established in 1992, Something Different is dedicated to celebrating women and is filled with whimsical, heart-touching, spirited gifts and decorative accessories. Something Different is more than a store. It's a gathering place. In 1995, Cheryl opened Pure Bliss---a dreamy romance store filled with magical gifts like poetic pillows, forget-me-nots and keepsake linens. Pure Bliss is dedicated to nothing you need, everything you want for a romantic getaway. Here there is everything for the senses and nothing is ordinary.

Amid a gift selection that rivals any you can name, Cheryl is a living reminder that the best gifts are not found on a shelf or under wraps. They are gifts of self. And for Cheryl Karpen, giving is a way of life. Sought after as a motivational public speaker in the Minneapolis area, Cheryl shares with her audience the same personal empowerment and inspiration she brings to her stores and her books.

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