Saturday, April 12, 2014

Where Is Lirio's Shop in 'The Craft'?


Andrew Fleming's The Craft is one of those movies that magically resonate with people. Style-wise, it is compulsory viewing from the 90s; many remember it sparking a surge in goth fashion after it premiered. It sent many viewers on supply runs to their nearest occult stores, never mind if Manon would actually deign to them. 

Today you can order your spirit invocation books with just a tap of the mousepad. But really, there is no substitute to being in a brick-and-mortar occult shop, around the smell of potions and jaundiced grimoires.

Lucky for you, religion is not yet out of fashion. For every Catholic figurine shop, there's an equally large—and valid—Wiccan/pagan/New Age store, or as the politically correct term goes, Body, Mind & Spirit business. Lirio's Shop has many real-world counterparts, not the least in California where the movie was shot. 

Right in astrologically starry Hollywood, the "nation's oldest occult store" awaits you: Panpipes Magickal Marketplace. Fairuza Balk no less shopped here while studying for her role. It must have been a life-changing shopping trip because she eventually bought the store, taking her offscreen belief in The Craft to another level. 


Here's another Californian shop, The Eye of the Cat, trafficking in magic since 1974:

Eye of the Cat in Long Beach. Photo via Rink R.

'N Sync once got readings from the Psychic Eye, now a chain of occult bookstores with branches in Nevada:  

Robert Leysen founded PE Book Shops in 1985, and it has since grown into several branches.

San Diego's "oldest witch store," Botanica Mama Roots, opened in 1989:


Also established in 1989, The Mystic Dream:


Something newer, The Sacred Well:


Something more Celtic, The Green Man Store:

This is not your average health food store. Via Yelp

Brush up on your metaphysics through Ancient Ways:


And the list goes on... 

East Coast witches, don't fret. New York Magazine has rounded up some of the most notable sorcery shops and pagan churches in Gotham. They even tell you where to find weekly sabbats—to watch American Horror Story: Coven, that is.

You do realize that there is a thriving market for witchcraft and fringe faiths. Who's to say that not one of their customers could call the corners, walk on water, or pop out of mirrors?

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