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Local Business Focus - Apothecary of Curiosities

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 6/7/24 | 6/7/24

By Venus Louise

ESPERANCE — There is a new and unique shop opening at 152 Main Street in Esperance called The Apothecary of Curiosities. An enlightening world of healing therapies and magical gifts that will dispel the dark idea of the word “witch”. Step inside and discover ways to delight all of your senses as your host Reverend Tiffany Marie Butler, LMT, TLC, CBT, HP takes you on a tour of her wares.  In conjunction with local vendors and members of the Capital District Witch’s Festival, the Apothecary of Curiosities is showcasing artwork and jewelry from around the Capital District. There are a variety of healing crystals, vegan soaps, oil blends, herbal teas, and other magical products in her toolbox. Tiffany also offers an array of healing, therapeutic and mental health services “for guiding the soul’s purpose back into balance”.

A little bio of the new owner: In 2011 Tiffany moved to the Town of Esperance, in the hamlet of Sloansville with her son and horses. Her passion for horses and personal transformation drove the creation and four-year construction of Raven Hollow Ranch. This part-time job quickly grew into a full-time commitment. She wrote and copyrighted the Equine Empowerment Program (EEP) to assist the Veterans Affairs Addiction Clinic in 2016 and in 2017 held her first annual Veteran’s Benefit at the Esperance Elks Lodge. Since 2020 Tiffany has guided hundreds of private and group equine soul therapy clients to more fulfilling lives and her efforts are ongoing with plans to host two Women Equine Empowerment Programs (WEEP) for domestic violence survivors the summer of 2024. 

During her 18 years of working in the field of healing and metaphysical arts Tiffany has brought hundreds of people to a new level of consciousness. “My passion lies in accompanying people through the vitral, scary, chaotic, and ridiculous beautiful world of transformation. I help bring words and understanding to that process, connecting the seemingly parenthetical and ephemeral experiences of spiritual understanding to everyday applications for more fulfilling lives. I enjoy treating each person individually as there is no blanket formula that will work for everyone. That is why there are different paths and I have learned that all the spiritual portals lead to a sacred core.” 

As you drive along the scenic byway of Route 20 into Esperance from Albany, look for the Legends and Lore marker commemorating the Esperance Witch. During the early 1800s, a widowed French woman referred to as the “Grenadier Woman” was accused of witchcraft, which at that time was a very punishable offense. Historical accounts report that she would take her apron off, lay it on top of the water (no one ever mentioned it could have been frozen water), stand on it, and pole herself across the Schoharie Creek. How ironic — geographically that would have placed her on the back stoop of the now-located Apothecary of Curiosities! What a difference a few hundred years can make. She would have been welcomed, nay applauded today as she picked up her dry apron and put it on to continue about her daily routine. More humans should feel this empowered.

Tiffany Butler created this shop to empower each one of us, to awaken the ancient healer within, move beyond the physical realms, and connect the soul back to its roots. Her amazing attitude and strong will have earned her several accreditations. She holds a doctorate in metaphysical science and certificates in transformational life coaching and mindfulness coaching. She is a yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, and master in shamanic healing. 

The Apothecary of Curiosities had a soft opening on Memorial Day weekend, and they had a terrific turnout. Its Grand Opening will be Thursday, June 13 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, June 14 from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday, June 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. Tiffany will be offering 10-minute walk-in readings that day and you won’t want to miss out on her refreshments and giveaways! 

After June 15, Shoppe hours will be Wednesdays 4 pm to 8 pm, Fridays  4 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, and Sundays 11 am to  3 pm. 

Look for upcoming workshops, classes, events, and more on her Facebook page Apothecary of Curiosities Shoppe.

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