Cider Monday provides preview of new Farmington shop

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FARMINGTON — There is painting and construction to do before Main Street’s newest business opens, but a preview was offered during Cider Monday in Farmington.

Enchanted Herbs & Botanicals is expected to open in mid-December in the space formerly occupied by Mooseville at 156 Main St., Malcolm Porter Jr. said Monday while serving wassail to visitors.

Besides an herbal apothecary, the space will be used as a healing arts center and offer some new age and metaphysical products, he said.

Porter, a clinical herbalist, and his business partner, Chris Levasseur, own two similar retail shops and a healing center in Salem, Mass., and an online store, onlinenewengland.net, he said.

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Porter has the technical knowledge and Levasseur of Lynn, Mass., has the retail knowledge, Porter said of their Farmington-based corporation.

In business for six years, they want to expand and open other retail outlets. He said the one in Farmington is because it is where he lives.

The healing arts center will offer alternative healing modalities, he said. An acupuncturist, massage therapists and reiki practitioner are coming on board. The center will also offer space for meditation sessions, yoga and psychic readings.

“We want to build community,” he said. “There are a lot of people who have spiritual healing needs, and we want to build a community of like-minded people.”

As an example, he said, the center is willing to offer space for meditation groups to meet for free if the group does not charge participants.

As a clinical herbalist, Porter is trained to talk with people about their medications and underlying medical conditions, ones diagnosed by a doctor, to ensure herbal treatments are safe. 

“For example,” he said, “everyone knows St. John’s Wort is used for mild depression, but if the person is on blood thinners, use of the herb could lead to a potential bleeding disorder.”

The 3,000-square-foot space will contain a couple of treatment rooms and a large space for meditation, yoga and tai chi, he said. On the opposite side, the retail section features the herbal apothecary along with metaphysical and New Age items, he said. 

There will also be some items produced by Laurie Cabot, the official witch of Salem, he said. Levasseur has taken classes from Cabot, he said.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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