our local magic shops are decidedly a mixed bag, though i do have a certain fondness for the one i remember from my childhood — a small shop in old town that is predictably touristy in the front, and much more usefully stocked farther back in its claustrophobic corridors

our mom or sister would take us there sometimes, partially because they knew it kept us occupied, and partially because they liked a lot of the hippie and new age stuff scattered throughout the store

we can remember hovering near the back and flipping through reading copies of the books they had on offer, a few gems tucked in here and there amongst the sea of llewellyn and weiser, though back then each and every book was equally fascinating and enticing

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