Oh boy DO I! *cracks knuckles* Time to show off my local know-how.
Head down to New Hope on the Delaware River. Route 202 runs straight there after it parts from 263 (bear right at the fork toward Peddler’s Village).
There are two shops there which are excellent for all things witchy, and I’ve been going to both of them for years.
The first is The Witch Shop, on Main Street right across from Bitter Bob’s and Fran’s Pub. Technically, it’s called G*psy Heaven, but it’s better known for the big neon pentacle sign in the window that says “Witch Shop,” and I prefer to call it that because slurs are not something we want in our vocabulary. They carry a small variety of books and incense, a dozen or so types of stones and crystals, a few candles and ready-made spell kits, and a nice big selection of oils and dried herbs. They also sell curios and witchy jewelry, plus witchy bumper stickers and artwork. The owner doesn’t seem to be in very often, but the atmosphere is very friendly.
The second is just a few doors down from there, on the end of the row before you get to the building that houses Fred Eisen’s Leather Works. Look for the sign that says Mystickal Tymes, the big rainbow flag, and the front window display with lots and lots of witchy things. This shop is presided over by a very knowledgeable gentleman and his cat, Morgana. (She runs the place, he just works there, so they say.) Their selection of herbs is larger than The Witch Shop, but they’re all behind the counter and you have to ask for them. There’s also a larger selection of books and incense, and a big box of raw crystals and stones to choose from, plus candles and hand-blended oils and jewelry, and lots of interesting bits and bobs for your craft. And if you’re very lucky, Morgana will wake up to say hello.
If you’re willing to backtrack up to Lahaska, there’s another little tucked-away shop just at the fork where 202 and 263 split. And I mean JUST past it, slow down and put on your signal as you approach the fork or you’ll miss it. Look for a sign on the right as you take the 202 fork that says River of Life. (It’s just opposite the soft pretzel factory before you get to Peddler’s Village.) This tiny shop is a natural foods store, and the owner is a very nice lady named Karen. She stocks lots of organic and raw foodstuffs, plus teas and essential oils, and supplements and naturopathic things for health and body. I’ve been going there for years and I’m still discovering new things tucked into corners. My favorite bit is the big wall in the back with huge jars of dried herbs and resins. It’s a witch’s fondest dream. They’re priced per ounce and you have to bag your own and label them, but the prices are more than fair. (Practically criminal, actually, I don’t know HOW she makes any money on them. I usually try and sneak in a few cents extra per ounce just to help keep the place going.)
All three of these shops are pagan-friendly, LGBTQA+ supporters, and run by lovely, knowledgeable people who can answer questions if you have them.
Oh and…if anyone’s interested, I shall be haunting the New Hope area come Saturday. :)
Happy Shopping, my witchlings!