Goodness, it's been a while since I posted a photo of the shop! The one that is 3 photos down is from shortly after we opened, more than a year and a half ago. There are hardly even any herbs on the wall. You should see how beautiful our space is now. Here's a more up-to-date photo. On the right side of the photo, you can see some of the clothing I've dyed using plant dyes. The wall hangings are hand-batiked & are fair trade from Hawaii. The table parasol is also fair trade, from Bali. And of course, for those of us whose eyes are aging slightly, funky reading glasses. Oh, those are wild grape vines we have suspended from the ceiling, to give you a feeling that you might be outdoors.
Having the shop gives me so much flexibility in stocking more of the things I've wanted to offer! I am having so much fun selecting unique and creative items! And slowly, but surely, I'll add them to the web site, for those of you who can't make it in to the shop. We've gotten some lovely, small clay sculptures which make wonderful altar items, or gifts. You'll find them scattered around. Look under Ceremonial, Baby & Child Care & Just for Women. Here's one, just to give you an idea.....
It's called Artemis Dreaming. It's about 3 inches long. Isn't it exquisite?
In late 2006, my daughter Kara & I opened a new center in downtown Lancaster, PA. We call it Radiance, and it includes a shop with all of my herbal products, Fair Trade items (aren't those market baskets from Ghana beautiful?) and hand-made items from local artisans. We're located at 9 W Grant St, right across the cobblestone alleyway from Lancaster's famous Central Market. Kara teaches children's yoga classes, and she is also a certified massage therapist, and offers Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, Reflexology, Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage. Radiance also is home to the Molly Keen Memorial Library, which is an eco-feminist lending library sponsored by Full Circle Susquehanna. Our hours are Tuesday thru Friday 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9:30 am to 4 pm. Our phone number is 717-290-1517.
I have to say that deciding what to carry in the shop continues to be a delightful adventure! In addition to the market baskets from Ghana, we have, from Nepal, hats, scarves & gloves made from recycled silk saris. We have aprons from Guatemala (see those stripes in the chair in the photo above?) We have purses & bags made of recycled silk, hemp & nettle! And we've added cds from Putumayo, chocolate from Dagoba, and flannel menstrual pads and Moon Cups from Glad Rags.
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Now you can visit our blog! Blogging is totally new for me, so be patient while I get in the swing of this. I expect to post musings about what's happening in the garden & the kitchen, as well as new things at Radiance.
We have an amazing selection of beautiful, hand-tied smudge sticks! Smudging is a way of purifying with smoke from certain sacred herbs. The plants are harvested in an ecologically sound and sacredly respectful way, and then made into the smudge bundles by hand. The plants are not harmed and nothing is wasted. Using these smudge bundles is truly a beautiful experience. We also have Kinnick Kinnick, a traditional smoking mixture, from Native Scents, where we get the smudge sticks.
Hot off the presses! Wild Foods for Every Table! This wonderful new book has lots of recipes and easy ways to incorporate wild foods into your life! Includes contributions from Susun Weed, Gail Faith Edwards, Wildman Steve Brill & many others! Including me! Thanks to Tina Sams for compiling and publishing it! You're gonna love it!
I've developed a new product that I'm really happy about! It's an Absinthe Cordial Kit! All you need is a quart-sized canning jar, a fifth of rum & 2 weeks worth of patience. The kit contains everything else you need, already measured & ready to go. Instructions are included. It's interesting - in Europe, Absinthe is still readily available at wine & cordial stores. The problem we are (only vaguely) aware of here in the US came during the late 1800's when the artistic community in France made a habit of drinking it all evening, every evening. They were convinced that their creativity was deeply enhanced. That might have been true, but they went WAY overboard in their consumption. It's a lovely, herbal cordial, meant for occasional moderate consumption. This kit contains all of the herbs you'll need to make a batch of Absinthe, the lovely Wormwood-based cordial of yore. Ingredients: Wormwood, Star Anise, White Sage, Spearmint, Coriander seed, Caraway seed, Cardamom pods.
We carry some gorgeous cotton t-shirts with a design of a Goddess in a Labyrinth! I have them in 3 different styles - spaghetti strap, ladies tank, and crew neck T, in either purple or green! Hand marble-dyed and screen printed by the artist! Here's the design......... Isn't She beautiful?