Before books, students had to tote engraved granite slabs all over campus, which is why the most accomplished philosophers gave the best piggyback rides. Enjoy lighter reading material with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of New Age books and gifts at Heaven On Earth Books & Gift Shop in Southington.
Committed to holistic health and Connecticut's thriving community of artists and merchants, Shirley Bloethe of Heaven On Earth lines her shelves with New Age tomes and related trade goods. Bookworms can sit a spell in a comfy chair, flipping through informative texts on massage and therapeutic modalities such as Jeanne Rose's The Aromatherapy Book ($18.95), or Total Reflexology by Dr. Martine Faure-Alderson ($19.95), whose toe-tickling treatments affect the whole body instead of just the giggle-plexus.
Tarot and angel cards may shine a light on higher meaning, and yoga paraphernalia, such as DVDs and mats ($12), facilitates healthy home practices. Locally made gifts might include sea-glass jewelry ($15–$20), all-natural bath soaps ($4–$5), and sweet-scented soy candles ($6–$10). Nontoxic cleaning agents help keep abodes pristine by preventing grimy buildup from soiled karmic auras, and all-natural health and wellness supplements can provide Earth-friendly weight-loss solutions far less stringent than an acorn-only diet.