Metaphysically speaking, on Fourth Street


Bremerton’s reborn Fourth Street gives visitors a variety of things to do: see a movie, play a board game, get a massage, among others. One activity you might not know about, though, is a chance for spiritual awakening.

I’m referring to Avebury Mystikals at 544 Fourth Street, a place filled with scents, oils, herbs and all things metaphysical. You can even get Reiki, a kind of Japanese relaxation.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. (No, not psychically, I’m just guessing). You may not believe in their alternative forms of healing. Fine. Some people do, some people don’t. I’m not sold myself. But what I do know is that we’re not talking about Miss Cleo here.

“I’m not going to say you’re the next lottery winner,” said Michelle Bishop, who with Anna Moll co-owns the shop, which opened in 2012.

What they do offer is a kind of counseling and comfort.

“We want to be a safe place for people to come and inquire about the mysteries of life,” Bishop said.

Come this Saturday, Avebury Mystikals will endeavor to go beyond its walls for the sake of charity. Its First Annual Masquerade Ball, at the Ealges (205 Sixth Street), will benefit Bremerton Foodline. It’s the center’s first charity event and it has only one rule.

“As long as you’re wearing some kind of mask, you’re invited,” Bishop said.

Costumes, I’ve heard, will come from history, fantasy, sci-fi and everything in between. There’ll be a DJ, costume contest and raffles. The fun begins at 8 p.m.

But don’t delay in buying tickets, which are $20 a person and $35 a couple when purchased at their Fourth Street store. There’s only 300 total and the majority have already been sold. For those brave enough, tickets are $25 a person and $45 a couple. Learn more here.


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