When it comes to witches and witchcraft, many of us think of the Salem witch trials, the movie Hocus Pocus and the evil queen in Snow White. Witches are associated with Halloween and the dark side, but in reality, most witches use their practices and spirituality for good, not bad.
In our modern culture, to practice witchcraft can mean many things: tarot, palmistry, meditation, art, astrology, holistic medicine, making potions, crystal healing and more. The ultimate meaning though is about employing plants, herbs, rocks and other elements to shift energy in order to manifest change.
I’ve rounded up seven beautiful shops in the Denver area that celebrate witchcraft whether wholly or partially. There are a few other shops in the city that I’m not listing, this list just speaks to me authentically. If you’re interested in the occult or just pretty things, you should check out these shops:
2836 W. 44th Ave., Denver
A cute little space in the Sunnyside neighborhood houses an occult apothecary run by three women. Open four days a week, making it an even more sought out place to check it out, is full of handmade goods made by the shop owners. Here you can find beautiful candles made with essential oils, herbs and flowers — and bath salts like the Black Moon Lilith made with charcoal, rose and cypress. In addition, it has soaps, smelling salts, herbal teas and more. Often the shop holds cool events like its ‘Tarot and Tinsel’ which is a day of tarot readings and getting tinsel put in your hair. Check out their Instagram to stay updated on events and new products.
Alchemy Ritual Goods
2536 Champa St., Denver
In an unassuming residential spot on Champa, a few blocks from the RiNo district, Alchemy Ritual Goods is the cozy little magic shop of dreams. Alchemy means transforming basic metals like lead into gold, so essentially it’s magic. The goods and services offered here are meant to make you a more enchanted, full being. Here, you can find tarot decks, crystals, incense, candles, books, homemade herbal kits and more. On top of that, it has a weekly schedule of readings (walk-in or call) ranging from tarot to ancestral medicine to spiritual readings — and even hand poke tattoos on Fridays.
The Terrorium Shop
3611 W. 49th Ave., Denver
Denver is home to many plant shops, some more unique than others. A few blocks the Regis University and around the bin from the popular Noshery bakery and cafe — is The Terrorium Shop. The owners are a husband and wife duo that have blended their hobbies of gardening and taxidermy into a business. Terroriums are glass bowls filled with sand or soil, succulents, plants and other objects. Here, the majority of them have a little skull inside them from animals like foxes, raccoons and more. You can also find floral arrangements, individual plants — and ‘preserved mini worlds’ with things like bones and preserved beetles and butterflies. If you’re into this stuff, it also offers several terrorium and taxidermy classes.
7700 W. 44th Ave., Wheat Ridge
Ritualcravt is THE witch shop in Denver. All the other shops I’m listing have some or a lot of elements relating to the occult — but this place is all about witchcraft. Once in a small space in Denver, has now moved to a bigger space full of all the metaphysical goods you could ever need. It has books, tarot cards, incense, crystals, candles, oils, soaps and all kinds of oddities. Everything is very well curated meaning it is majority handmade and ethically sourced. In addition, it hosts events several times a week relating to different aspects of witchcraft such as moon rituals, ancestral healing, working with herbs and more.
3301 E. Colfax Ave., Denver
In the heart of East Colfax near the Bluebird Theater as well as several bars and restaurants is a charming bright mystical shop — Spirit Ways. You can’t miss this spot with its colorful decorations in the windows. It’s chock full of stones and crystals, incense, candles, oils, books and tarot cards. In addition, it has jewelry, clothing, accessories, journals, cards, pottery and archangel and goddess figurines. It’s a fun place to walk around and gawk at all the pretty stuff. Tarot readings are offered almost daily as well as other services such as reiki and guided shamanic meditation.
2900 E. 6th Ave., Denver
If you’re an aspiring herbalist whether for health or witchy potion making — Apothecary Tinctura is the place. This herbal shop has been around for over 20 years and is both a shop and clinic helping clients to heal their ailments through a holistic approach. Here, you can find bulk herbs from A to Z as well as tons of herbal tinctures. In addition, handmade essential oils, herbal extracts — and a even section full of healthy chocolate bars and tarot cards. It holds workshops weekly pertaining to different topics around health and spirituality. Be a healthy witch, folks.
14 S. Broadway, Denver
One of the first shops I ever stepped foot in in Denver is Rosehouse Botanicals and it’s still one of my favorites. In the heart of South Broadway/Baker surrounded by thrift stores and bars is this gorgeous little shop. The colorful outside and the plants in the window draw you in and inside you’re immersed with beautiful plants and a magical witchy vibe. It is both an apothecary and botanical shop with a large selection of home and garden plants ranging from succulents to orchids to medicinal plants. In addition, it offers handmade teas, green beauty products, terrariums and other goods. It hosts a range of events and the owners even have a plant podcast called Up the Plants. It has a resident black cat as well.