A Black-owned spiritual and metaphysical supply shop is coming to Ypsilanti Oct. 29, just in time for Halloween.
The Conjure Goddess, at 226 W. Michigan Avenue, offers a wide range of spiritual items specializing in the African spiritual practices of hoodoo and voodoo, store owner Tanet Jordan said. The store also carries items for other spiritual faiths including Wicca, Santeria, Witchcraft, and more, she said.
Customers will also have a wide range of herbs, crystals, statues, incense, sage, tarot decks, and spiritual books available to them.
The Conjure Goddess has been an online-only spiritual botanica store for the past three years and is co-owned by Jordan’s husband, Roderick Casey II. During that time, their headquarters and distribution factory was located in Ypsilanti.
“We had been looking for a space specifically in downtown Ypsilanti since early 2019,” Jordan said in an email. “After the onset of the [COVID-19] pandemic, locating a commercial property was hard and very limited so we weren’t able to open a storefront.”
The COVID-19 pandemic hit all businesses hard, so they chose to wait to open their storefront until COVID restrictions were lifted, Jordan said. Their business was not affected badly by the pandemic due to the ability to operate online, as well as their large social media presence, she said.
Bringing their practices and products to Ypsilanti was important to the owners as this is their hometown where Casey attended Eastern Michigan University as a student.
“Ypsilanti is weird and wonderful and full of diversity, and it was important for us to be a part of this community,” Jordan said. "We are very excited...to bring diversity to the local spiritual community."
They are normally closed on Sundays, but will be open for Halloween on Oct. 31.