Angel's Rocks and Fossils owner combines faith with passion in Cypress

Doug Walser opened Angel’s Rocks and Fossils in 2021 but has been with the business since 2004 when it was a fixture in mineral shows. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
Doug Walser opened Angel’s Rocks and Fossils in 2021 but has been with the business since 2004 when it was a fixture in mineral shows. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)

Doug Walser opened Angel’s Rocks and Fossils in 2021 but has been with the business since 2004 when it was a fixture in mineral shows. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Angel’s sells both cut and raw versions of minerals for jewelers and collectors alike, such as this fluorite from Mexico. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Walser said a U.S. State Department cease and desist order means he can no longer source lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Walser typically keeps his amethyst in a separate room for preservation. This “crown jewel” is priced at over $4,000. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper
Inside Angel’s Rocks and Fossils on Malcomson Road, rows of minerals and fossils are displayed on shelves, underneath lights designed to catch the eye.

The shop’s wall features a quotation 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 blend of faith and passion that goes into the store.


“I want them to go out with a rock in one hand and Jesus in the other,” he said.

Walser began Angel’s with his daughter Angelyn Davis—nicknamed Angel—to support their Christian ministry. The duo started by touring shows such as the Houston Gem and Mineral Show with a vendor’s table.


However, Angel decided to make time for her children, leaving Walser to run the business, which was aiming for a brick-and-mortar store. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Winter Storm Uri, the Cypress location opened in March 2021.

Walser, who spent his career in the oil and gas industry and still consults for local companies, picked up his mineral knowledge from the geologists who worked under him. When he became a rock shop owner, he also learned the importance of relationships.

“I’ve often built relationships with people over small mistakes when I can talk to them,” Walser said. “That’s how I’ve got 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 such as WhatsApp means he no longer has to travel to find new wares.

Angel’s sells to other rock shops and welcomes direct customers. Walser said his current clientele is young people interested in “the metaphysical aspect” of minerals.

“People ask me if that goes against what I believe in as a Christian, and to me, it doesn’t,” he said. “I want them to come in. I first came to church because they served hot dogs, not for spiritual advice ... so I don’t care why people come in.”


12918 Malcomson Road, Cypress. 346-336-6986. www.rocksandfossilsluke1940.com

Hours: Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
By Jishnu Nair

Reporter, North Houston Metro

Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe and Montgomery, as well as the Woodlands and Lake Houston areas.