This is the view facing out from my soon-to-be shop. I am so looking forward to it. Our first shop opened October 15, 2010. It was a lovely little old building from the turn of the century with crooked wooden floors and a view of Main street. That first summer after Doug had his nervous breakdown and left his job and as we both decided to leave our house we were going to end up losing in 2009 along with a whole lot of other people out there, we were really scared. We had three teenagers and no work. We did eight farmers markets a week and really hustled. That fall we were getting nervous as to how we were going to make it and it was a beautiful sight to see that building come up for rent. I felt bad for the jeweler that was leaving just as the antique store owner felt bad for me as I was leaving but we were all happy to have that little shop!
Now the dream begins again. Doug has a steady job now and our children have grown. The shop represents a central place for me. I attempted to be a community herbalist from home but folks don’t always know where I live! Every day the community will need to retrieve their mail from the post office, grab their cups of coffee, get their dogs groomed, pick up their healthy food, and visit the Mexican restaurant for margaritas. In that same central location the White Wolf Medicine shop will welcome the community.
When I was on Main street there was a shop down the street called the Karma Cottage. The proprietor’s name was Katie, which in a small town did cause a bit of confusion. Folks came in to my shop to sign up for palm reading classes and into hers for hormone medicine. She moved to Florida and her shop was missed, just as mine was. I hope to incorporate a little of both of our shops to meet the needs of the community. I will be putting together little bags of specially blended smudging herbs that I have harvested for praying and ceremony. I will invite a few folks in to do readings that I KNOW are not quacks. No woohoo scams here. I will have my friend who makes the most beautiful dream catchers and handmade Native inspired jewelry to make his work in the shop. I would love to have a community artist wall. I will hold my herbalist classes there. I will customize every single medicine to the person asking for it. We will carry Margie and Ursula’s Garden Fairy Apothecary.
Margie had the brilliant idea for me to have available samples of various herbal tea blends. So each week I will have a pot of tea that helps with a physical ailment or tonic, one that helps with spiritual needs, like a broken heart, and one that is just for fun, say like Chai. We need comfy chairs and places to read so that people feel comfortable coming in for a cup of complimentary tea and a visit.
Each herb will have its English name as well as its Cherokee name. I want this to be a lesson for homeschoolers as well. I dream of parents bringing their kids in and see the various plants, how they are made into medicine, let them blend their own teas, see the Cherokee language and how to pronounce the words, color a picture, or sign up for a class. I truly want to meet the needs of the community here. And when I say community, I mean anyone that feels the desire to come visit the store. I have learned from this blog that my community expands pretty far!
There is an office in back to make products. There is everything I need. The medicines will be done October 13th so that will be my first day open. I will have a huge grand opening party Saturday, October 17th.
My little shop is without furniture or money for paint or décor. Anyone that has a bookshelf, small hutch, a dresser, a few comfy chairs, a side table, a counter, a small round table, or long folding tables, or money for paint or time to help me paint will be rewarded with a huge holiday party and dinner thrown in their honor!
I know this will all come together beautifully. Every door has just flown open on this venture. I look forward to sharing a cup of tea with you!