“Spooky season is my favorite time of the year,” said Meleah McCammon. “I do love Halloween. We have extra events and a Practical Magic movie night.
“I am an intuitive reader, practice reiki and energy work,” said McCammon, owner of Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop. “I teach classes such as guided mediation and I’m an ordained minister.”
McCammon has been in business for 11 years, five of those at 5927 Chapman Highway. The 4,000-square-foot former grocery store has something quite magical about it, from the collection of crystals, incense and vintage apothecary bottles to the artful display of witches' hats suspended from the ceiling. “I hung them up last year and loved them so much, I left them up,” she said.
During the pandemic, McCammon took the opportunity to have the exterior of the building repainted a pretty green-blue and rebranded as Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop.
“(inner) Perfect are the products I make here. I thought it was time to get the brand name out there,” she said. “I do hand blended teas for South Press Coffee and CommonPlace and custom blends for individual customers. I also make candles, incense, perfumes and a variety of other things — this is my creative hub.”
As a nonessential business, McCammon said she had to shut down in March 2020. “We did pick up orders, and during that time I got my online shop going,” she said. “We eventually reopened for walk-ins and the store was insanely busy.
"I was grateful; every week we had to adjust, and it was wonderful to see so many people connecting with their spiritual side, using their time for reflection. For me, all I could do was keep up.”
Customers flocked to Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop for smudging, incense, crystals, herbs for cooking and tinctures and natural remedies. “They were suddenly at home a lot more and wanted to get the bad juju out of there,” said McCammon.
Many customers confess that they come into the store just to pet the resident black cats, Poppy and Lupita.
When Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop closed in fall 2020 to reset for the holidays, McCammon decided to host shopping bazaars for a week at a time instead of opening every week.
Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop does offer services by appointment. “Mercury went into retrograde last night; Mercury brings things from the past for us to review," said McCammon, who hosted a Zoom guided meditation and energy update for it.
“I believe that we have all experienced a big learning curve; we are more in tune with who we are as individuals. We are more conscious of what we let into our personal bubble, our boundaries and setting healthier expectations. The new age and spiritual community has boomed.”
Inner Perfect’s Curiosities Shop has an apothecary. McCammon stresses that she believes that there is a place for western medicine and that certain herbs and tinctures have been around for centuries for a reason.
“What do you do to support mind, body and spirit?” she said. “You can boost your immune system by looking at your sleep cycle, and dietary supplements.”
Crystals grew in popularity before the coronavirus hit, according to McCammon. “The wonderful thing about crystals is that they are part of the earth,” she said. You can cross-reference scientifically, systems of belief, logic and practical ways they can be used.
"Rose quartz is a nurturing and soothing stone for calm and healing, iron is protective and stones that really embody energy are blue calcite and Amazonite.”
The store attracts people from all walks of life — they are Christians, Buddhists, healers, atheists, pagans or witches. “You don’t have to have a certain belief system to use crystals, they are so accessible,” she said. “I am very much about supporting the individual; I try not to be judgmental.”
McCammon said she doesn’t mix up love potions or help people cast negative spells.
“When you focus on an energy that affects someone else’s free will, then we may experience anger and karma,” she said. “I remind people to bolster their own energy to attract what they want.”
Inner Perfect Curiosities Shop’s next shopping bazaar will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12-16 with a calendar filled with intuitive and reiki sessions, classes and group rituals at www.shopcuriosities.com/calendar.
McCammon is busy. Watch her explore the historic Scott County Jail with the NAPRT (The North American Paranormal Research Team) via their Facebook page @NorthAmericanParanormalResearchTeam.