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West Virginia couple offering spiritual healing shop, cafe


PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Parkersburg couple have capitalized on their interests and opened a spiritual healing shop and cafe.

The Gypsy Willow Metaphysical Cafe is the collaboration of Jessica Southall and her boyfriend, Chris Posey. Posey runs the cafe and Southall is in charge of metaphysical tools.

Six years ago, an event set her on this path to healing and spiritual well-being.

“I had a spiritual awakening in 2016,” Southall said.

Southall said she became aware of the metaphysical part of herself and how her well-being was influenced by the alignment of her metaphysical and physical self.

When the two parts aren’t aligned, the result is physical discomfort, Southall said.

One of the main offerings of the Gypsy Willow is the ionic foot bath detox, she said. Water charged with positive and negative ions draws toxins and heavy metals from the body, Southall said.

The shop also offers metaphysical tools such as crystals and stones, sage, and singing bowls.

“We have other things that aren’t so much metaphysical,” she said.

Also offered are handbags and jewelry, tapestries, body creams and all-natural Zum soaps. The soap is available in different scents, including lavender, patchouli oil, frankincense, and myrrh.

“It’s only natural,” Southall said.

Posey’s interest in coffee dates back to when he worked at his father’s cafe, The Grind, before it closed. Flavors include Skinny Syrup, some of which are keto-friendly, he said.

“They’re naturally sweet,” said Posey, who also sells her original artwork from various media.

Gypsy Willow and Metaphysical Cafe hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

Walk-in visits for ionic foot detox are accepted, but appointments are recommended.

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