Thank you “Welcome to Yoniville”!

Omar listening to the Yoniville presentations while sitting next to the Heirloom vendor table.
Heirloom offered free Reiki sessions to Yoniville participants.

We just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the participants and organizers of “Welcome to Yoniville.” Heirloom was contacted to conduct a Reiki demonstration and speak on energy healing. We had no idea how much we were going to enjoy the presentations, discussions, and divine feminine energy.  Our Heirloom Bohemian Boutique products were a huge hit, offering the women a nice array of organic teas, metaphysical tools, and healing body steams and soaks. The discussions on topics from business to health were all informative and delivered from the heart. A huge thank you to Barbara Verneus for all of her hard work in coordinating this fantastic event!

Artist Janiah Bradley and Yoniville organizer Barbara Verneus have a laugh during the Professional Development portion of the program.

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Heirloom Featured in Power Box!

powerboxHeirloom is sending out a huge thank you to Power Box for naming the Bohemian Boutique as their Feature of the Week!

POWER BOX was created in response to a national call in the United States for the economic empowerment of black communities. In addition to providing an extensive directory cataloging black owned businesses across the globe, POWER BOX includes interviews with black entrepreneurs and professionals, product reviews, shopping guides and more features to spotlight black businesses. POWER BOX aims to help sustain and bring attention to the thousands of black owned businesses in existence.”

To check out our interview with Power Box click here.


We are so thankful for mutual support and cooperative economics! It is important for community to unite so that we can achieve together!

21st Annual International Locks Conference | October 3-4, 2015




We are looking forward with great anticipation to participating for the first time in the 21st Annual International Locks Conference this weekend, October 3rd through the 4th (11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) to take place at the Universal Audenried Charter High School located at 3301 Tasker Street in Philadelphia. Festivities will include panel discussions, soul line dancing, creative fashions, vegetarian cuisine, hair show and competition, spoken word, workshops for children, and much, much more. Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will feature brand new organic teas such as Love My Heart, as well as, meditation tools, vintage cultural books, and therapeutic oils. If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email us at! Hope to see you there!

Crossroads Bible Church | August 8, 2015

Our lovely display at Crossroads Bible Church.
We were very excited to debut our Healthy Joints Tea.
An intrigued customer browses our teaware selection.

Last night I was a little bummed that the Black Buttafly Expo was canceled on such short notice. However, Omar led me out of the pity party by finding an alternative event and calling Jose who answered the phone at 5 p.m. on a Friday. He said that we could have the last spot at their church market. The Universe provides! We had a great time conversing, laughing and talking tea to the folks of Abington, Foxchase, Huntingdon and other surrounding neighborhoods. Our organic, herbal teas were a huge hit and we are looking forward to vending again next week at the Jazz on the Ave. event in Philadelphia near Temple University.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Black Buttafly Expo | August 8, 2015



We are pleased to announce that Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will be presenting new tea blends at our first ever exhibition at the Black Buttafly Expo this Saturday, August 8th from 12 p.m. to 8p.m. at 5200 Parkside Avenue in West Philly. We will feature our African Mint tea perfect for digestion, Healthy Joints tea for sufferers of achy joints, Sleepy Time tea for an amazing night’s rest, and finally, our Flower Power tea packed with anti-oxidants and valuable health properties. Of course, we will have our boho luxxe accessories available for sale as well. Please contact us as if you have any questions. And can’t make the market?  Shop Heirloom Bohemian Boutique at

Overcoming Generational Pathologies

pathology post

When we see a pattern of negative behavior play out through the generations, we may say that there exists a “generational curse”. Mental illness, addiction, zealotry, poverty, suicide, low self-esteem… Is it Karma or Destiny? Can anything be done to cure the “curse”? Watching the repetition of generational pathologies can be upsetting, depressing, and fill one with a sense of deep hopelessness.  How can we overcome?

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Ajua gives FREE Reiki at the Uhuru Health Fest!

Ajualuv gives Reiki to a festival attendee.
Ajualuv gives Reiki to a festival attendee.

On April 20th, I participated in the free health services section of the Uhuru Health Fest & Flea Market which took place in Clark Park, West Philadelphia.  I transferred the gift of Reiki healing to 17 festival attendees and spoke with many others on the advantages of alternative medicine and energy healing.

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Happy Kwanzaa!!


Kwanzaa, created in 1966, is the modern reincarnation of the African first-fruit harvest celebrations observed from December 26 to January 1.  Growing up as an African living in America, I have always felt that sense of homelessness and duality that so many African-American academics write about and discuss.  Last year, I decided to create a list of holy days that I felt called to observe and not just blindly celebrate those the government deemed worthy enough to grant official.  On that list I wrote Kwanzaa and this is the first year that I have ever celebrated it.

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