Category: Spiritual Merchants

Ain’t Nothing But The Real Thing, Baby

FLEXIBILITY CAN BE A GOOD THING

But so is tradition. As much as the Crowd likes to bellow from the hilltops, “My magic, my way!” and “You do you!” and “We don’t need no stinking badges or rules!” doesn’t mean that there aren’t some rules worth following, or that there aren’t some things that are immutable….



Thrift Shops, Occult Stores, and the Like

YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT OR WHO YOU MIGHT PICKUP

I haunt my local Goodwill like Casper the Friendly Ghost. I am always popping in and dropping something off and nine times out of ten, I am bringing something back with me, too. I have found a big chunk of my working tools at thrift shops, garage…



More Botanica Articles

I HAVE FOUND SOMETHING INTERESTING IN EACH ONE OF THESE…

You may or may not. But that’s the nature of blogging — you put it out into the ether and maybe someone else digs it too. That’s the hope, at least, and speaking of hope, it springs eternal within the walls of your local botanica.

This first…



Botanicas: The Hispanic Version of the Hoodoo Drugstore

I HAVE FREQUENTED MANY BOTANICAS…

And they always seem to fall into two categories — those that are welcoming and helpful and those that clearly do not want to see my happy pinche gringa ass coming through the door of their store.

Fortunately, the first group of botanicas are far more prevalent than the second group. However,…



The Best Little Hoodoo Pharmacy in Texas

TEXAS MONTHLY ARTICLE ON A FAMOUS TEXAS DRUGSTORE

So glad to see this piece on Stanley Drug Company in one of my favorite publications. Enjoy!

The Best Little Hoodoo Pharmacy in Texas

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