, Salem, MA

Local News

January 11, 2012

Salem's official witch closing her Pickering Wharf shop

SALEM — Laurie Cabot, the official witch of Salem, is closing her store.

Cabot, 78, opened the city's first witch shop more than 40 years ago and currently runs The Official Witch Shoppe on Pickering Wharf.

She announced the Jan. 31 closing on her website.

"Closing my store was a very difficult decision, but one that I am pleased with," she wrote. "It has been a dream come true to have had the experience of operating my stores and the countless wonderful people I have met."

Cabot declined to be interviewed for this article.

Around 1970, Cabot opened The Witch Shoppe at 100 Derby St. and later started Crow Haven Corner on Essex Street, which is the city's longest-operating witch shop. When she made the move to Pickering Wharf, she changed the store's name to The Cat, The Crow and The Crown and later to The Official Witch Shoppe.

Today, there are more than a dozen witch shops in the city.

"Without a doubt, she opened the doors ... to be able to talk about witchcraft and to be able to practice witchcraft in public," said Lorelei, the current owner of Crow Haven Corner. "She opened the doors, in many ways, for (witchcraft) tourism in Salem."

In the mid-1970s, Gov. Michael Dukakis proclaimed Cabot the official witch of Salem.

As the Pickering Wharf store closes, Cabot said she will focus her attention on "the first-ever temple of witchcraft in Salem, the Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple." She said she is trying to obtain a temple building.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Comments Tracker