Few book stores really give you whatyou pay for, and even fewer don’t sport a big box name that you can recall on opposite ends of the continent. In Los Angeles, its rare to find a unique book store that really delivers what its name implies. In fact, I can only think of one here in LA, and that’s the Bodhi Tree in West LA.
What I stumbled onto today is the home site for a new store that opened (re-opened) in the Great Lakes region, and I only wish I were closer to drop in and check it out for myself. If your anywhere near Chicago Illinois, I would highly recommend stopping in and spending some time at the Occult Bookstore in Chicago, Il., and if you do, drop me a line and give me the details.
But it really is a rare find these days, even in enlightened cities , to find a store that caters to the esoteric and occult at least in so many words.
From the site:
Occult Co. is a historic occult business based in and operated out of Chicago, IL. For years, we’ve made it our mission to immerse ourselves in the study and practical applications of metaphysics and occult practices. Our specialty lies in Rare / Antique Artifacts (inc. books, tribal fetishes, relics, occult art, ancient rites, and living stones).
…our business has experienced growth and expansion so that our rare magicio-sacred items are now available worldwide. Regardless of where you live – whether surrounded by urban sprawl or secluded in the depths of remote locales – you now have access to the supernatural potential of our high quality magickal items, some of which until now, have been unavailable anywhere in the United States.
Their webstore is do up any day now, and I can’t wait to see what they have in the mix.
What really strikes me is that the store is an oddity in a landscape made exotic by Starbucks Coffee houses housed inside of Barnes and Nobles book stores, or chairs and benches strewen about in Borders. A store like this is something I’ve contemplated opening on more than one occasion myself, so I’m glad that I’m not the only one thinking about these things and that they still have a commercial presence. There is just something about thumbing through a book on meditation and magick rather than “Looking Inside” through the virtual Amazon store.
So, iff your nearby, the Occult Booktore is located on Milwaukee Ave near Ashland and Division in Chicago IL and I encourage you to take a trip and check it out.
And, if your not close by, check out the Occult Bookstore Website.
In the mean time, what book stores do you recommend that cater to your esoteric proclivities?