Spiritual Vibes offers a blend of metaphysical and otherworldly goods, with an art gallery that doubles as a meditation room. On Thursday evenings, co-owner Luna Lynn holds a meditation class with crystal singing bowls that produce haunting sounds when rubbed. The reverberating waves amplify then fade, throwing off your senses.
"It's a massage for your mind," says Andrew Frey, co-owner and Luna Lynn's husband. And that's what Spiritual Vibes is about - a massage, and sometimes a tickle, for the mind.
Opened in June, Spiritual Vibes stocks alien images, hemp necklaces and left-leaning bumper stickers.
It takes some time to poke through the store's jumble of wares, but there are delightful finds, like Sol y Luna Studios' handmade wine glass charms ($12), Sheila Howe's "repurposed" vintage suitcases and lunchboxes ($35-$45) and colorful Guatemalan head wraps ($8).
The art gallery is currently displaying art by Everett Kitts from his show "A Kaleidoscopic Diary of My Current Life." "Gourdy Apple" ($125) features a three-dimensional half-apple almost popping out from the canvas.
Peter Castro's art on greeting cards (packs for $14) is fascinating. Through depth manipulation, his photos of Madison depict a miniaturized city. Angela Ramos' spiritual dolls are made from found materials; "Prairie Woman" ($35), for example, is created from a metal hinge, antique buttons and money order receipts crimped into a skirt.
Besides meditation classes, the shop holds aura information classes on the month's second and fourth Sundays and psychic readings on Fridays and Saturdays. Kaci Sullivan, who also sells her art at Spiritual Vibes, gives psychic readings on Fridays for $1 per minute. It's an easy introduction for fortune-telling virgins, but be prepared for the truth.
"I tell people whatever I see," Sullivan says.