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Boutique Office Building and Coworking Community Meet Unique Needs of Wellness Practice
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Jan. 19, 2023) – The Angel Haven offers a safe space for seekers of holistic health and wellness and the harmonious transformation of mind, body and spirit. But for owner Shalina Joy, the search for the ideal space to welcome her clients was more complicated than she ever imagined – until her journey led her to Mission 50.
Helping Others Live Their True Potential
A certified Shamanic Reiki Master, Spiritual Diviner and Holistic Healer, Joy specializes in energy medicine and spiritual healing. “We all have the innate ability to understand this world differently than we do now,” said Joy, who, as a shaman, is regarded as a person who has access to, and influence in, the spirit world. “My ultimate goal is to help people understand who they are, discover their lost power and live their true potential.”
In addition to Reiki, which is a natural healing technique that reduces tension and enhances the body’s potential to repair and restore itself, Joy taps into a range of modalities that include shamanic divination, intuitive healing, spiritual coaching, mediation, sound therapy, gem and crystal healing, spiritual journeying, and mindfulness therapy.
For Joy, serving as a Shamanic Reiki Master is a calling. “Just as there are born leaders and trained leaders, there are born shamans and those who take classes to learn to be shamans,” she said. “I was born into it. There is a shamanic lineage in my family that has been passed down from generation to generation.”
From the time she was a young girl, Joy was aware that she understood things differently than those around her. “I could have a dream and see it come to pass the next day. But I kept it to myself since other people weren’t experiencing the same thing,” she said. In high school she became aware that her touch had a positive effect on people, and in 2012 she started to acquire certifications in Shamanic and Reiki healing and to work with clients in their homes. Six years later, she began practicing professionally.
In Search of a Serene Environment
When Joy launched The Angel Haven in 2019, she worked out of her home in Newark. “I renovated this 4,300-square-foot Mediterranean Revival house, a massive undertaking that was featured on a season of HGTV’s ‘American Rehab’ series,” she said. “It had ample room for group sessions as well as for working with individual clients.”
However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Joy to close her practice and she sold her house in 2022. “I was renting an apartment in Jersey City, where I’ve worked in the public schools for 26 years as a teacher, including the past 18 years as an instructional coach. I had started running online meditation classes, but clients kept asking when I would go back to in-person sessions. I knew I needed to find a space.”
Joy set her sights on downtown Jersey City in order to serve her existing client base. Her most important criteria: a quiet, serene environment suitable for healing and meditation. A suggestion to check out a building in Hoboken prompted her to research office buildings there – and Mission 50 popped up.
A Supportive Community Built for Entrepreneurs
Owned and managed by JDA Group LLC (JDA), Mission 50 is an 80,000-square-foot boutique office and coworking community with a long history of serving entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Greater New York City marketplace.
“JDA is committed to seeing businesses grow and succeed,” said CEO Gregory Dell’Aquila. “We renovated the property in 2021 with a focus on expanding the availability of shared workspaces and private suites. We also created numerous spaces where people can gather, and added a range of on-site amenities – including state-of-the-art conference rooms, a bar/lounge, espresso machines, televisions and arcade games – to maximize productivity and foster a genuine sense of community.”
In May of 2022, Joy took a small space on the second floor on a month-to-month basis. “It was fine for seeing clients, and management said I could book a conference room for group sessions,” she said. “But there was no place to store things like meditation chairs or to stock products if I needed to do shipping.”
An inquiry about extra storage space led to the discovery that a larger suite was available. “It was the perfect size, and tucked away at the end of a quiet hallway,” said Joy. “Someone else was considering it, but I knew it was meant to be, and I decided to go for a long-term commitment.”
Joy has been seeing private clients in Suite 217 since late last year, and feels fortunate to be working with a management team that is supportive and accommodating. “If I want to do Reiki certifications or offer a drum-making workshop, they are willing to be flexible when it comes to securing rooms and timeframes. Not having to worry about finding space elsewhere or paying for a conference room in a hotel is really important for me.”
While she recently hired an assistant to help market The Angel Haven, Joy continues to work in the Jersey City school system and is content to see the practice evolve organically. “It takes time, but it will flow,” she noted. “I’m being guided, and I know it will be successful here.”
About Mission 50
50 Harrison St., Hoboken, N.J. 07030