"Gigi," the store guardian. She's super cute, but don't try to pet her. She may bite!
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A huge selection of candles for everything including: love, luck, protection, and success.
While killing time in Fell's Point before the show last night I stumbled into an awesome Santaria supply store: Botanica Chango. Places that might scare the shit out of most people are fascinating to me. I've always rejected the prominent religions, but have always been fascinated with the religions that are considered "alternative" for the typical American white girl who was raised in a Christian (although laid-back) family. I find the ancient Earth religions to be the most interesting.
The girl running the store was very sweet and kept asking if I had any questions - as most items were in Spanish. I was thrilled that she was cool with me taking some photos so I could blog on the store.
This store carries a huge selection of a wide variety of Santeria items - the items listed on their business cards are incense, candles, Orisha
supplies, seashells, and earth. They also offer readings. In my research I've found that Botanica Chango exists in many other cities - San Diego, Philadelphia, El Paso, San Jose, etc. Unfortunately the Baltimore location doesn't have a website that I can link here.
I couldn't resist buying a Tabaco Indio (Indian Tobacco) candle for Luck, Prosperity, and Success. It smells amazing!
Botanica Changa is located at 516 South Broadway in Fell's Point (just above Fleet). They're open 7 days a week from 10am - 8pm. (410)558-1711