The Essene Market and Caf‚ is widely regarded as the Philadelphia region's finest venue for everything that's wholesome and healthy. Offering our area's largest selection of organic, natural foods, Essene is a home away from home for local vegetarians.

To attract carnivorous yet health-conscious customers, the Market has added a vitamin and beauty care department. Here, the body products are cruelty-free and ozone safe, and the vitamins contain no articifical preservatives, flavors or colors.

With such a variety, Essene is a hub for picky consumers. But the store's premier status is due not only to its unique inventory, but its special place in the tree-hugging community. The Market doesn't just sell items that are in high demand, it sells a highly sought-after image.

On Wednesday nights, when the cashiers and stock boys go home, South Street's granola-bent intellectuals file in for classes and demonstrations on remarkably obscure subjects.

For example, next week Richard Boyd will discuss the healing powers of Himalyan salt crystals. Apparently, these 250 million-year-old crystals assist in awakening us to our elevated spiritual aspects and abilities.

In the view of a layperson, this probably sounds like a 10 on the crazy meter. Yet professional hippies show up in force to hear similar lectures each week. If you too are curious about tandem point therapy, zen and modern barter; if you're a boy with long braided hair or a girl with a buzz cut; if your strangeness is only surpassed by your insatiable thirst for knowledge, then this is for you.


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