Sunday, March 30, 2014

Harry's Occult Shop Has Closed

Harry's Occult Shop was Philadelphia's oldest hoodoo shop. It first opened in 1917 as a drugstore and then made the transition into hoodoo drugstore and then later into an "occult shop". They made and sold their own spiritual products. I guess I'm a little late but it appears as if the store has now closed. A new shop has opened up, not in the same building, called Mystical Emporium. Harry's Occult Shop website redirects to Mystical Emporium. I have removed the web link from my recommended links below as I do not recommend this new shop. This is a sad, sad time. Harry's Occult Shop will be missed. It's especially sad that it closed just three years shy of being open for 100 years.

To see images of Harry's Occult Shop, click HERE.




Addendum: I read online that the landlord decided to sell the building which caused the store to close. Mystical Emporium is owned by new people but they did hire some of the staff from Harry's Occult Shop. This said, Mystical Emporium appears to be far more New Age in nature and not the classic old, down-to-earth hoodoo that made Harry's Occult Shop famous.

13 comments:

  1. All your above mentions are the truth. However, ME, did not hire the entire Harry's staff.

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    1. Okay. I was just going off of what I read online. Thank you for the clarification.

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    2. Thank you for your respect with posting this honourable mention on your blog. Many others would sincerely thank you. And I'm quite sure Harry's spirit thanks you.

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  2. You're welcome. I thought you would appreciate a small part of the detailed specifics. Very nice short vid. *I have to remain off the grid at the present time.

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  3. Please tell me about Harry? What happened to him? I used to go there in the early 70s.

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  4. So bummed they closed. Where do you get mystical supplies now? I tried the shops on Lehigh a while ago, but it's been some time. I used to love the floor washes they sold at Harry's.

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  5. So ME is closed I hear.....where can I go now??

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  6. Actually the store had to close due to an infestation of black mold which began to grow on the walls in the basement and over the course of about fifty years, it ate away the wooden supports. The third floor was half destroyed by fire years and years ago. I worked at Harry's and know a lot of the story- I should, between myself and my best friend josh we had nearly thirty years working there and nearly fifty in the occult field. They relocated because of the mold, but the current owner refused to keep the same name, because Jim, the nephew of Harry Seligman, who the original owner- however while harry was cool, jim was an old bastard who
    delights in irritating people. He's old and senile now which is nothin more than the law of karma in action, trust me on this one. Jim inherited it from harry , and jims wife's son inherited it from Jim, but he's no occultist at all(unlike both harry and Jim) he's a businessman. He looked into Harry's and decided to distance himself from the Harry's name for tax reasons (can you say fifty some years of unpaid back taxes and employment tax evasion, boys and girls? I knew you could) I loved that place but I'm thinking we need a better alternative to it's successors and we might be fixing that real soon. Who remembers Josh? Who remembers Tony? Choc mool? Mrs Julia Green? Sunny? Marcy? Who remembers Chet up in here? What about Sheri? Justin?Tom? How about our many non magical but very cool cashiers?

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  7. Hi, this is Tony, formerly of Harry's occult. We are not quite there yet, but Josh (also of Harry's fame with much respect ) and I have been putting together Josh and Tony's, and we are reinventing the occult store one step at a time- we hope to be able offer full service soon currently we have created three artisan class product lines- sun and moon soaps, all natural handmade gourmet soaps. Sacred Flame productions which specializes in magical tools for the advanced lightworker. Third eye store covers most of our other products at least currently and includes visual and graphic arts, occult supplies, music, self help, hypnosis, bineural beats, personalized self help recordings, outside music recording and promotion, etc. we will be on face book as josh and Tony's soon. New products coming almost every month.

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    1. Where can I come and get a reading??? I really need one.

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  8. I enjoyed reading about some of the history to Harry's. I think Chacmool is doing his own thing now. I can't wait to get more updates on where the new location will be. My dad died last month and I so badly want to get a reading from someone and learn more about where his spirit is, how his karma affected his death, etc.

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  9. I have been walking around the neighborhood this past week to see if I could find the mystical emporium that was mention in some of the resources on the net. It was a surprise that I had found a new place, "Harry's World". They have a lot of the floor washes and powder incense that I used to always get from Harry's occult shop. It smells and burns exactly the same. I has also recognized the person Thy recently gave me a reading. She told me some things that my mother had confirmed with me about my past relatives. This was very accurate and amazing. It was worth every penny. A shop like this is priceless on South street.

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  10. Be careful -Harry's world is Not affiliated with the Old Harry's occult, except that Joe who worked a cash Register at the old Harry's is high up there - I'm sure he should be offering the same incense because when mystic emporium went under, their stocks of the old products from Harry's were .. shall we say less than lawfully transferred to the ownership of joe and Serge . From what I last heard the former owner of mystic emporium is trying to bring criminal charges leveled at one if not both of them. It seems there was a lot money embezzelled or so he says, along with thousands in product. This had all been set up to look as if Marci had done, but he brought in a Forensic accountant who went through everything and said Marci was innocent. But somebody was responsible and Serge was managing the emporium- from friends who were involved Serge and Joe were the ones. And considering that as soon as emporium closed they open a store with a name close to Harry's Occult but not, and selling Harry's products, ok? Hmm. I'm betting in a few months when the products made at Harry's run out, they will try to replace them with stick incense and phase out the powder or it will suddenly be no good-same with oils - the Occult oils will suffer even more.

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