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Occult Bookstore

The Occult Bookstore has been offering guidance and books in alternative approaches to spirituality and self-healing since 1917, according to the store's website. It stocks titles on topics such as homeopathy, Zen Buddhism and old Hermetic magic. Though the store carries an array of used books, largely collected from old libraries, it specializes in rare, hand-bound books, such as Aleister Crowley's "The Book of Lies," which can cost up to $2,000. Crystals, amulets and other accessories are sold to complement specific spiritualities, and the store hosts readings, signings and classes that range from spiritual jewelry making to fire eating.

Owner Louvel Delon was cast under Occult's spell at 16 and helped relocate the store from Clark Street and Belmont Avenue to its current location on Milwaukee Avenue. He has owned the store for five years and is a practitioner of alternative methods of spirituality, as are many of the store's employees, whose advice draws in as many customers as the books. "We're involved in the community," Delon said, "and people come in to find somebody who is practicing" alternative approaches to spirituality.

Visit: The Occult Bookstore, 1164 N. Milwaukee Ave., 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday or go to occultbookstore.com.

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