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Apothecary Botanica - Manly Harbour Village

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published May 30th 2022
Quality local artisan jewellery designs & wares in Manly
After having breakfast with a friend in Manly recently, I took a stroll around the shops to see what interesting businesses could be found. I came across Kelly's Apothecary Botanica located along the Esplanade in Manly.

Spiritual, Shopping, Manly, Learn Something, Books, Massage, Health & Beauty, Near Brisbane, New Age
Plenty of Gifts for Yourself & Others to be found @ Apothecary Botanica (Author's Photo)


Kelly has owned the business for approximately eighteen months and has clearly made her stamp on this creative space; a haven for like-minded people who enjoy books, tarot, crystals, homemade beauty products, art, handcrafts, pure essential oils, jewellery, candles, dried herbs, tea and conversation. All crystals have identification cards beside them, so understanding the crystal's properties and benefits can give clarification before purchase.

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Top Quality Design Jewellery in store (Author's Photo)


Other practitioners who use the space in the back room at Kelly's are Lusi Remedial Massage, Karen Naturopath, Siri Tarot Reader, Caitlin Reiki and Lomi Lomi Massage. Bookings for these practitioners are to be made through Kelly either in-store or by calling 0457 495 982.

When I walked through the door, I was drawn to the two quaint and comfortable looking chairs and a small table positioned on the left-hand backside of the store. There was a book stand behind these chairs with many different boxed sets of cards; anything from the usual Tarot to Goddess, Crystal, Fairy, White Light Oracle, Astrology Cards, Beyond Lemuria Oracle Cards and many more. A few sets were open on the table, and I thought this was an exceptionally good idea for the customer to sit and read before deciding which set to purchase.

Spiritual, Shopping, Manly, Learn Something, Books, Massage, Health & Beauty, Near Brisbane, New Age
Comfy Chairs to Sit & Flick Through Boxes Card Sets (Author's Photo)


Although not entering Apothecary Botanica with the intention to purchase, my attention was guided towards a set of Iris Oracle Cards by Alana Fairchild, and of particular interest to the meditations suggested to do, after choosing certain cards from the pack.

Kelly was telling me that the jewellery she chooses for the shop merchandise is of top quality and you can definitely see this in the artisanship and design. Kelly's goal is to purchase items from local craftspeople, thereby displaying the talent we have in our community.

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Loose Crystals, Different Sizes & Shapes (Author's Photo)


The skincare range for purchase is 'Garden of Grace'. Founded by a mother who had a deep respect for nature and our bodies, Garden of Grace has used the purest of ingredients to provide a range of beautiful chemical-free skincare to rejuvenate and nourish your skin.

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Skincare Range - Garden by Grace in store (Author's Photo)


For those who wish to energise their home and workspace, there are plenty of rough and/or polished crystals to choose from, along with books on the subject and sage or other herbs for clearing. Sage can be purchased in stick form or loose, depending on your purpose of use and if you are into making your own perfumes, oils and sprays, you can purchase varied sizes of bottles and oils too. Any of the items in store can be purchased online, so there is no need to make a trek over to Manly if you do not live nearby.

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Varying Supply of Bottle Supplies for Your Homemade Items (Author's Photo)


Another thing that makes this shop interesting is the stray cat named Bastet, named after a Goddess of Ancient Egypt, who chose this shop as her home and never left. She lives there every day, even wandering around inside once shop hours are over, with food, water and bedding left for her comfort. Animals choose people they wish to be around, and this shop obviously has the right vibe for Bastet's residence.

Apothecary Botanica is located in Shop 1, 455 Esplanade, Manly and is open from Tuesday to Sunday. For times and more information, please visit either the website or Facebook or call Kelly on 0457 495 982.
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Why? Gifts, Arts, Essential Oils, Wiccan, Jewellery, Cards, Practitioners
When: Open Tuesday to Sunday each week
Phone: 0457 495 982
Where: Shop 1/455, Esplanade, Manly QLD 4179
Cost: Individually Priced Items
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I have wanted to peek inside this retail outlet for months. Thank you for doingit for me :). May
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