Meet The Owner

My Journey

We all have a story right? The one I share most, is how my real life experiences in the military, psycho-therapy and education, jumpstarted a journey into becoming a Holistic, complementary & alternative health Practitioner and launching a brand that helps people achieve energetic balance.

I'm Shanise - mom, retired Army veteran, and Sr. Creatress for Johari & Lou Artisan Soul Stones.

As an intuitive creative, with 20+ years of being in the "people business" I started building a Limited Liability Company in 2017 formerly known as Armill Xpress, a brand that offered handcrafted crystal and gold jewelry.

Going into my second year of business, my journey was abruptly interrupted — I was medically diagnosed with several health conditions including PTSD (deriving from experiences and other traumas sustained during combat). It was a pretty revealing and debilitating period that prevented me from fully practicing in a creative state. As a result, I was forced to place Armill Xpress in a year long hiatus to focus on my spiritual journey and mental wellness.

Therapy, along with meditation and other self healing techniques introduced me to mindful practices and as time went on I found solace in everything earth related. I  sought out education on the healing modality of Reiki, and became a Holistic Practitioner in Crystal Reiki, leading to a Baccalaureate in Complementary & Alternative Health with the University of Arizona. Some of my professional development in healing include Evidence Informed Practice in Ancient Healing Arts, Philosophy of Well-being as well as Pyschoneuroimmunology (study of mind-body and immune system) master-classes with Maryland University of Integrated Health.

Sharing my story became the catalyst for a business vision: to help others by bridging expression of self + holistic healing - a journey I pursued and used during my therapeutic treatments. It was also during this break I sought out to re-align the brand toward holism and energy wellness.

In 2020 Armill Xpress officially re-aligned its self as Johari & Lou Artisan Soul Stones - Johari (Swahili for Gem "something of value") & Lou (a Family Name with ancestor representation and lineage). Together Johari & Lou Artisan Soul Stones represents a brand that offers gems of precious stones, crystals, mindful attunement products, authentic artisan inspired collectibles and holistic services.