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New Age boutique celebrates grand opening on Auburn Blvd

Cryptic Rose Unique Gifts, Citrus Heights
Cryptic Rose Unique Gifts held their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8215 Auburn Blvd. in Citrus Heights. // Image courtesy, CH Chamber

Stacey Hanks contributed to this report–
A funky little shop recently opened its doors in Citrus Heights — Cryptic Rose Unique Gifts, a boutique specializing in the accouterments and trappings of the metaphysical world.

Beginning to fill with low tables covered in bowls of crystals, shelves lined with jars of herbs, handcrafted candles, brightly painted backpacks, and a few racks of dresses and shirts hanging in colored order, the newly opened shop at 8215 Auburn Blvd. is bringing a taste of the unique to Citrus Heights.

“We felt like the city needed this kind of energy,” said owner Anna Judd, who refers to her shop as “a supply store for healing,” with most items having some spiritual or ritual significance.

“We’re excited about it being three generations of women in our family working here,” said Judd, who runs the business with her mother, along with help from her daughter, Izzy, who also works at the store. The trio celebrated the shop’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony put on by the Chamber of Commerce last Friday, following a soft opening in August.

Judd said she decided to open the shop after coming to a point in her life where her occupation was making “plenty of money,” but wasn’t bringing the happiness she wanted.

“So I just quit,” she said. “I had hit a low spot in my life and wanted a new start, and this place was it.”

Since the location had previously been home to a massage parlor that had experienced “legal issues,” according to Judd, the landlord put restrictions on the services that could be offered from the store, such as tarot readings, reiki services and fortune telling, due to liability.

“We can sell tarot cards and massage oils, things like that, but we can’t do any of those services,” said Judd, who is a Certified Massage Therapist.

With the business being new, and admittedly unusual, the new owners say business has been slow to get started. However, things are beginning to pick up and the trio have plans to bring in some new offerings, including meditation classes and possibly a jewelry making class.

“One of the things we are trying is bringing in local artists work to sell,” said Judd.

“We had one man come in with his paintings, and my mother and I liked them, so we gave him an area on the wall over there for his pieces to sell,” she said, pointing out several paintings hanging on the front wall for sale.

“We’re looking for jewelers, candle makers, things like that,” said Judd. “We want to showcase local artists, you know, people from our community.”

“I want people to walk in and say ‘oooh.'”

The shop is currently open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Tuesdays when the shop is closed. On weekends, the shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Anna Judd, middle, along with her mother and daughter. // Photo credit: Stacey Hanks
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