East Meets West is a metaphysical new age store that has several locations in the United States. The store brings religions together by providing items for Buddhists, Christians, and others under the same roof. The chain store was brought into the Deptford Mall about four years ago, where it is run by manager Civia Stillman. Their store is located on the second floor of the mall, but not for long. “We’re going to be moving downstairs to where Zumiez used to be, the store will be three times bigger than it is now,” Stillman said. The metaphysical store contains a variety of items such as; crystals, tarot cards, incenses, oils, jewelry, and clothing. “I would say our most popular items that customers buy are the crystals and jewelry,” Stillman said.
Stillman doesn’t manage the store alone, she gets the help of one of her workers Edward who has been working there for a few years. “Another thing that customers tend to buy are the stones. They are meant for meditation, or you can keep them in your pocket,” Edward said. One of the new products they recently received were essential oil sprays. “The sprays are made in New Jersey and the different scents are for different purposes. Each oil is blessed with metaphysical properties,” Edward said.
The essential oils can be used is many different ways, and avid customer, Jim has some knowledge about it. “My wife has been looking for the oil of amber for awhile now, and I buy it here for her all the time. It’s really neat, you put some on the back of your hand and it leaves a soothing long lasting smell,” Jim said.
Not only does the store provide metaphysical products, it also contains many religious items. There are plenty of Buddha figurines that are in many shapes and sizes, as well at Native American traditions such as the dream catcher, and Christian themed figurines and candles. “The dream catchers are meant to catch the bad dreams, and were a Native American tradition,” Edward said. East Meets West provides an array of colors and sizes of dream catchers for their customers.
The versatile items that the store provides makes it unique to other metaphysical stores. The store also provides colorful clothing as well. “All of the clothing is handmade. The styles are very diverse and colorful. I would say the give off a hippie vibe,” Edward said. All of the different items are meant to help people meditate, there is an array of items to choose from in the store that is provided to the public.
Most importantly, East Meets West provides items of astrology for the public as well. There are; necklaces, key chains, and rings that are designated to the different zodiac signs. The store also contains tarot cards with an array of themes. “For astrology items, the most popular thing that sells is definitely the tarot cards. They are meant to predict future comings, and there are plenty of different themes. The themes are divided into religion, but the most popular theme sold is the traditional ones,” Edward said.
East Meets West provides many different items for their customers, as well as workers that are ready to help. The store brings many different cultures together under one roof as well as an array of metaphysical items to choose from.