Obskurah Bazaar recently celebrated their two-year anniversary on Ottawa Street. Located at 116 Ottawa Street N this whimsical space is warm and inviting and definitely worth the visit! “Through engaging workshops, intuitive readings, our Witch’s Cottage event space and a shop full of mindfully curated metaphysical merchandise, we support our community in creating their own fascinating, mindful life by embracing their inner magical energy.”
Owner Ariane is a Spiritist of 30+ years. Her path has led her to a place where she is now guiding others along their own spiritual journey. Starting out as a tent vendor at a series of art, music and renaissance festivals Ariane spent 12 years and traveled thousands of kilometers before settling into her brick and mortar location in Crown Point.
Ariane says “each event allowed us to connect directly with customers and reveal to them, in a clear, approachable way, how they could add a bit of magic to their lives.” It is for this exact reason that we love Ariane’s approach to operating a small business, she is able to forge a connection with each person she meets and offers a safe, judgement free space for anyone to shop.
You can also find a selection of candles, Tarot & Oracle decks, magical curious, ritual supplies, spiritual self-care items, herbs, books, incense and occult inspired accessories and more in the store and online at www.obskurahbazaar.com
Ariane travels to India and Mexico to source many of her products. Over the years she has developed relationships with the makers. “Our goal is to provide ethically sourced, sustainably made, fair trade and ecofriendly products that support fair wages and working conditions for the makers and honor their traditions.” says Ariane. Almost every item in her shop tells a story, Ariane shows a display of beautiful hand-made windchimes from India. They are made by a grandmother who sits with her granddaughter and counts each bead that is added in English and in Hindi. The malas are also hand-made and blessed by a maker in India.
There is a section of Alebrijes or ‘Sprit Animals’ that Ariane brought over from Oaxaca Mexico. Alebrijes are brightly coloured Mexican folk-art sculpture of fantastical creatures. These are traditionally hand made by a combination of wood carving and paper mâché. Alebrijes have gained a reputation for “scaring away bad spirits” and protecting the home. No two Alebrijes are exactly alike, Ariane says if you see one that grabs your attention that is likely your Spirt Animal match.
Obskura Bazaar transports you to a different place and time, you become entranced with Ariane’s stories as she talks about each unique item in the shop. Aside from supporting makers she’s met throughout her travels Ariane strives to support local artisans from Hamilton and across Canada. She works with a Hamilton maker that supplies the shop with exquisite wands crafted from vines and branches foraged from her own property. Ariane has a list of vendors in the shop from Orangeville, Tillsonburg, Stratford and British Columbia, just to name and few.
Ariane carries works from Maxine Noel, an internationally renowned Native visual artist and mentor. Proceeds from her ‘Spirit of the Woodlands’ art collections are donated to Dignitas International’s Indigenous Health Partners Program. Items from this collection can be found at Obskurah Bazaar.
Although Ariane was forced to close her doors to the public and was unable to host workshops or preform readings during COVID, she was able to pivot and has excelled at hosting Instagram and Facebook live sales from the shop. This way Ariane is able to engage with her customers, showcase her amazing products and safely distance!
The shop is back open and walk-ins are welcome but Ariane is still regularly scheduling social media live sales as a way to expand her hours of operation and allow her clients access from the comfort of home. As an avid festival vendor, Ariane is used to the hustle and bustle of an event space. Unfortunately, the Ottawa Street BIA has had to cancel most of our 2020 events, but this didn’t stop Ariane from celebrating. She is now offering an online ‘Sidewalk Sale’ each day this month in honour of their anniversary.
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