Monday May 18th, 2015
Great care and attention to detail went into creating Smudge Metaphysical Boutique, which had its grand opening in April 2015.
The unique shop offers a variety of New Age products, including books, candles, incense, tea, handmade soaps, crystals, and smudging sticks. A smudge stick is a bundle of dried herbs used in ceremonies to raise the vibration of your environment, including your own energy field, which releases negativity and stagnant energy. If you are new to the practice of smudging and other New Age or spiritual practices, the friendly staff will be happy to guide you.
“We’ve needed a store like this,” said shop owner Michelle Russell. “I’m trying to be diversified in my products, because everyone is different. I have things for meditation, things for people who have nature based religions like Wiccan and Pagan. It’s more diversified and friendly – that’s what I wanted here.”
The shop offers several free mini classes on various spiritual tools and techniques on Thursdays at 1:00pm and Saturdays at 3:00pm. The subjects of the classes include “How to Cleanse Your Crystals”, “How to Cleanse Your Space with Smudge”, “Setting Up Your Altar”, and more. There are also meet-ups for intuitive teens the first Friday of every month. Upcoming classes and workshops are listed on the shop’s Facebook page and in their newsletter.
“It’s about personal empowerment,” said Russell, which she hopes to be able to share with the community by offering a comfortable and friendly atmosphere for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.
Russell is also a Reiki practitioner registered with the Canadian Reiki Association. Reiki balances and clears your energy centres. It is recommended for people with chronic pain and is also used as a relaxation treatment. Reiki sessions are available on Friday and Saturday mornings in the shop’s private room.
Smudge Metaphysical Boutique is located at 1506 Wyandotte Street East and can be contacted by calling 519-915-2111. For more information you can visit their Facebook page.