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Shop Owner's Scientology Sign Leads to Business Coalition

The response to a sign put up by Travis Wilkinson, owner of Berry Beautiful Salon, incited him to form a business coalition providing similar signs to members.

Travis Wilkinson's first sign is just a warm up.

Wilkinson, a Southern Baptist, said it's "hurtful" that people think he's a Scientologist and that customers often think his business is associated with the church simply because it's located downtown.

He is the owner of Berry Beautiful Salon and Spa, and he placed a sign in front of his business stating “Notice: this is one of the only spas in downtown Clearwater not owned by a Scientologist" in September.

Because of the support he has seen from the community since putting the sign up he is creating the Clearwater Small Business Coalition, which will offer members similar signs to place in front of their businesses.

He doesn’t see anything wrong with the signs that read: “Notice: This Business is Not Owned by A Scientologist.”

“There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing discriminatory about that,” Wilkinson said. “It’s simply a statement of fact.”

He said there are about 15 businesses interested in joining him. But they are waiting for at least another 15 members before they put the signs out, Wilkinson said.

“All those signs would go up on the same day,” Wilkinson said. “It would have to be a unified effort because people are afraid.”

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BULLET November 04, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Today I noticed that on the new pillar that I think Clearwater built at the corner of Gulf to Bay blvd and Court st....... The East Gateway district the gateway to downtown .....Looks like a SCIENTOLOGIST symbol was placed on it..Like a dog pissing marking its territory >>>East Gateway... Gateway to Scientology
DeElizabethan November 04, 2012 at 08:12 PM
That is sooooo funny, now I will just have to take a look at it. I'll be back! Hope others give their view.
BULLET November 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Whats next ? A wall around this town and armed Sea Org?????
Sandy November 04, 2012 at 08:26 PM
@ Alma...where does it say anywhere that Scientologists are not welcomed at Berry Beautiful Spa & Salon? The owner simply put a sign out telling everyone the business is NOT owned by a Scientologist. If anything, someone trying to get out of the clutches of the "church" of Scientology should RUN to Travis to ask for help in getting away from them. Go back to drinking your Kool-Aid....good girl...Xenu is watching over you.
BULLET November 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Should have taken a picture Its Gone ????

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