Saturday, June 18, 2011

Store Review: Starcrafts of La Mesa

When I first walked in to this store, the owner was behind the counter conversing with a regular customer. As I walked around and browsed the books, crystals and herbs I could definitely feel them watching me whenever my back was to them in an almost suspicious manner. It was not until I came up and introduced myself that the tension was broken. The owner was very approachable and knowledgeable about her moderately big selection of literature. She recommended some books that were very appropriate to my query. However soon after, she started pushing her's and her husband's various seminars. They hold a men's meetup that they ask you contribute 5 dollars towards, which I attended. Everyone was friendly but there was no real worship or teaching of metaphysical knowledge. It felt like more of a group therapy session than a pagan meetup. It was fun though. The next seminar I attended was an introduction to Reiki that the owner was holding. It was $25.00 and she gave everyone in attendance a full set of Reiki crystals. This meetup was a lot more informational and I felt like it was worth the money, if you are interested studying Reiki. After attending two of their seminars and purchasing a couple items I started to become familiar the community that surrounds this shop, so I decided to go to a solstice celebration and drum circle that they were holding. Being an experienced hand percussionist, this sounded like it was right up my alley. Due to unfortunate circumstances I was about 45 minutes late, but was able to come in and join in on the circle with my djembe for the remaining hour or so. I enjoyed myself, and it seemed as though everyone was having a good time, and in the middle of the revelry, the owner's husband hits me up for the fee as if I was not planning on paying it. As I gave him the 10 dollars, I started to sense an energy about the man that was less about worship and more about profit. It left a negative impression on me and I have not been back since. Overall I feel as though this is a good place to shop for literature and fresh herbs, but be prepared to be upsold a Reiki session or encouraged to attend a seminar.

Rating: 3 broomsticks out of 5

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