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My earliest magical memory was visiting a new age shop called ‘Odyssey Books & Resource Centre.’ It was a local shop that my Mom had frequented looking for Astrology & health books. When I was around 8 she took me to the shop for the very first time and I have been visiting it ever since.
It was at that time that the first Harry Potter film was released and I was a huge fan! Going to ‘Odyssey’ was like stepping into Diagon Alley. The shop itself is in a Germanic inspired courtyard which is also home to a dance studio, an icecream shop, a German restaurant, a dress shop, and fur shop, & so much more. There is a purple and gold celestial banner outside and you can smell floral musky incense wafting outside into the parking lot. It’s the store’s signature scent that has sunk into the pages of its books and attaches itself to your clothing, intoxicating everyone who comes in. Here’s a picture of it down below.
Stepping inside made me feel like I was in the world of Harry Potter. The walls were lined with tall bookshelves packed full of all sorts of obscure titles that would feed any new ager’s soul. Every square inch of this store had something to see and touch. Crystals, incense, candles, jewelry, trinkets, odds & ends, wands, statues…….all that was missing was Mr. Ollivander himself. Over the years many customers have complained that the store is cluttered, but I feel it adds to the authentic aesthetic it has going on. There’s so much to see that you can only tackle one section at one time.
During my first visit to this shop I purchased a white stuffed bunny wearing a celestial garb and pointed hat. I named him Merlin and I had him for years. He was a much complimented fixture in my starry themed bedroom. I remember leaving the store after my visit feeling awe inspired and a bit more magical.
Although there have been a number of new age shops that have opened in the area, including one I briefly worked at, Odyssey has always been my favourite and go to for crystals and books. Last year they celebrated their 20th anniversary and I am hopeful that they will be around for another 20!
I never get tired of visiting this shop. There is always an excitement that precedes my visit and an even more excited feeling that succeeds it when I leave with my little purple bag full of all sorts of goodies. Their items have helped me along in my spiritual journey, and if it wasn’t for their books and crystals, I am not sure what and where I would be?
I have been shopping at the Odyssey for 17 years, and what a magical 17 years it has been.