One of my very favorite places on the planet is Treadwell's Books in London. It is both the occult book shop of my dreams as well as a leading esoteric community center that frequently holds gatherings, classes, and lectures of impeccable quality (e.g. tomorrow night's talk on Remedios Varo which is making me long for teleportation). I consider Treadwell's to be a sort of psychogeographic sister to Observatory, and one of my spiritual homes away from home. It's run by Christina Oakley Harrington, a brilliant scholar and golden-hearted witch who keeps the institution running with warmth and exactitude. She is also - full disclosure - one of my editors at Abraxas and a dear friend.
Places like Treadwell's and people like Christina are special not only because of their content, but because of their utter rareness in this world. It's not often that one encounters such a confluence of magic and academic rigor, wonder and wisdom, excellent taste and a welcoming essence. Jewels like them remain so because they are appreciated and cared for in turn. That's why I highly encourage you to consider supporting Treadwell's this holiday season by purchasing gifts via their newly launched online shop. They have exquisite books, lunar diaries, divine jewelry, ritual objects - even talismanic scarves! - and they ship internationally. Or if you have the good fortune to be in London, head over there for a visit. (And if you do, tell Christina and the sparkling Livia that I say hello and that I miss them dearly.)