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 $10, you get $20 worth of books, gifts, and collectibles at Mimosa Books & Gifts.
Mimosa co-owners Diane Doughman, who studied Eastern traditions, and Ashley Leavy, a certified master of crystology, line their shop's shelves with enlightening tomes, accessories, and aromas representing the wisdom of the world. The boutique draws from a range of spiritual philosophies that promote diversity as well as holistic healing. Studious types can read up on Eastern traditions in The Bhagavad Gita: A Walkthrough for Westerners ($12) or fine-tune meditation techniques with Chakra Mantras ($16.95). Dwellings exhale bad spirits through the garage door when imbued with the scent of an herbal Crystal Journeys Reiki candle ($8.50), while lucky charms are placed in safe keeping with an angel box.
Mimosa also outfits the body with a beaded amethyst mala ($28.95) or evil-eye bracelet ($10.95) thought to protect against negative energy. Aspiring yogis can gear up for sun salutations or moon kiss-offs with a nylon mat tote bag ($15.95) or a CD of yoga tunes ($14.98).
260 W Gilman St.
Madison, Wisconsin 53703Get Directions