One step inside this luxurious, Black woman-owned, three-level metaphysical emporium is a transformative experience for all the senses—sight, touch, smell, hearing, taste, and the intuitive senses. Colorful stones in countless hues mesmerize the eyes and are irresistible to the touch. Tibetan singing bowls reverberate in a full range of pitch. Rows of candles, incense, sustainable sage bundles, and palo santo wood sit in conversation with exotic feathers, crystal pendulums, herbal teas, Indigenous dream catchers, books, jewelry, and tarot, oracle, and greeting cards. All merchandise is hand-picked in support of other Black-owned businesses whenever possible. Every item in stock has information and meaning behind it; someone on staff can tell you what each item is and how it is best used. A menu-style chalkboard announces upcoming workshops, moon phases, a featured crystal of the week, holistic healing sessions, Reiki training and certification, womb wellness, social media handles, and more.

Owner Kellie Woods, whose business portfolio includes real estate, fashion, and personal care, was led to open her store through a mystical journey that began in 2007, when her very first piece of crystal—a necklace—was gifted to her by a complete stranger. Woods describes The Lotus Den as a place of refuge for those who are trying to find their way on their spiritual path. Since Fall 2018, when she opened The Lotus Den, Woods has held a supportive space for spiritual life guidance where visitors can release energies that no longer serve them and leave feeling lighter and renewed. 

There is a sense of welcoming and community inside The Lotus Den—complete with an intention altar and crystal grid where visitors can write their intentions on small slips of white paper to leave in a bowl, where they will be infused with supportive collective energy. An in-house quote, displayed on artwork above the counter, reads: “Love is … always welcomed here, self belief is a requirement, as you speak, you create. Trust in yourself & know you’re the light!” 

Team member and lightworker Karizma, who lived nearby and would shop as a customer, enjoyed the vibe so much she’s now on staff. Inventory manager Ajanae, who has been part of the team since day one and helped with the installation, put me up on her three favorite crystals: smoky quartz to help release unwanted energy, citrine for abundance and happiness, and black tourmaline, a popular protection stone which she says the store keeps affordably priced to make the stone accessible for nearly any budget. Ajanae firmly believes that everyone should have a piece of black tourmaline. 

I firmly believe The Lotus Den has exactly what you are looking for, even if you didn’t know you were looking for it. Whether shopping for yourself or for the perfect gift, you’ll come for the vibe and stay for the tribe.

The Lotus Den, 18 E. Cullerton St. Open daily 11am–7pm. (312) 285-2685., IG and FB @thelotusdenchicago

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