Doug Walser opened Angel’s Rocks and Fossils in 2021, but has been with the business since 2004 when he was part of the mineral shows. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Journal)
On the wall of the shop is a quote from the biblical book of Deuteronomy: “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
For owner Doug Walser, the scripture symbolizes the mix of faith and passion that goes into the store.
“I want them to come out with a rock in one hand and Jesus in the other,” he said.
Walser started Angel’s with his daughter Angelyn Davis – nicknamed Angel – to support their Christian ministry. The duo began with touring shows such as the Houston Gem and Mineral Show with a vendor table.
However, Angel decided to devote time to his children, leaving Walser to run the business, which aimed for a physical store. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and winter storm Uri, the Cypress site opened in March 2021.
Walser, who spent his career in the oil and gas industry and still consults for local companies, learned his mineral knowledge from the geologists who worked under him. When he became a rock store owner, he also learned the importance of relationships.
“I’ve often built relationships with people on small mistakes when I can talk to them,” Walser said. “That’s how I have partners I’ve worked with for years.”
Walser has contacts all over the world, from Brazil and Uruguay, where he sources amethyst and quartz, to his latest foray, Indonesia, where he buys red jasper. The advent of messaging apps like WhatsApp means he no longer has to travel to find new wares.
Angel’s sells to other rock stores and welcomes direct customers. Walser said his current clientele is made up of young people interested in the “metaphysical aspect” of minerals.
“People ask me if that goes against what I believe in as a Christian, and for me it doesn’t,” he said. “I want them in. I came to church primarily because they were serving hot dogs, not for spiritual guidance…so I don’t care why people come.”
12918 Malcomson Road, Cypress. 346-336-6986. www.rocksandfossilsluke1940.com
Opening hours: Tue.-Sat. 10am-6pm, closed Sun-Mon