As you probably already know, it’s pride month! If you’re looking to support a local LBGTQ+ business this month, here’s one for all the Pittsburgh magic lovers: Maude’s Paperwing Gallery. (It should be noted, however, that like Black History Month or Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month, support should be given *all* year-round.)
Located in Millvale, Maude’s is a Queer/Woman-owned, metaphysical and LGBTQIA+ gift shop. Purchases can be made in person or online. Whether you are in the market for herbs, crystals, spell candles, books, or cauldrons, Maude’s has everything to fill your witchy tool and supply needs.
Maude’s offers more than witchy wares, however. They hope to provide support for the personal and spiritual growth of those in the Pittsburgh community. “Sure, we sell crystals and rocks because they’re really pretty. But we also sell them because sometimes having a crystal in your pocket (or your bra) can bolster your spirit and get you through another day,” reads their website. “We sell incense and smudge kits because we’re a bunch of witchy hippies, but also because the ritual of cleansing is itself a form of healing and self-love.”
Also beyond the tarot cards and pendulums is an LBGTQ+ gift section featuring rainbow flags and streamers, pins, mugs, birthday cards, and more. And all June long, Maude’s is encouraging donations to different LGBTQ+ organizations (SisTers PGH, Proud Haven, and more), hosting Zoom movie nights, and weekly livestreams. It’s more than just a shop; it’s a community.
“Our hope and dream here at Maude’s is to someday be a community resource: a place where people can come together in authenticity; a place where people can feel safe and loved enough to shed any masks they’ve been holding on to and to dress wounds from old traumas,” reads their website. “We ESPECIALLY want to offer this healing space to our fellow queer witches and all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.