Uhuru Health Festival & Flea Market | April 23, 2016

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Heirloom is a proud supporter of the Uhuru Health Festival and Flea Market. The 2016 market season kicks off on Saturday, April 23 from 9 am to 5 pm in Clark Park (Philadelphia, PA). Stop by the Heirloom table for organic herbal tea blends, bohemian house wares, and heartwarming smiles!

From the Organizer: “The Uhuru Health Festival will be a FREE, all-day event featuring health and exercise workshops, live music, dance, food giveaways, 100 + flea market vendors and guest speakers including African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) President Ona Zene’ Yeshitela.”

We always have an amazing time at this event and we hope that you will join us so that you too can experience a beautiful, communal day! Uhuru!

Heirloom + Flourish

Enjoying the celebrated opening of Flourish with owner Nilajah Brown.
Excited that our Heirloom teas were a popular item!

Heirloom was thrilled to take part in the grand opening of Flourish, described by the owner Nilajah Brown as a “lifestyle boutique.” Heirloom has partnered with Flourish to offer organic, herbal teas blended and packaged by Heirloom and distributed by Flourish. We look forward to a long, and mutually abundant partnership and send nothing but the highest love vibrations to the beautiful boutique as well as to Nilajah! Please check out Flourish if you are in the Baltimore area, located at 2445 St. Paul Street. They offer an eclectic array of jewelry, knits, home goods, clothing, and artistic spiritual pieces. For more information visit flourishbaltimore.com.

Beautiful people flowed in and out of Flourish all day enjoying the beautiful gathering and artsy products.

To see more awesome pictures from the grand opening of Flourish, please click on the header or link below!

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Let’s Talk Resistance! | December 4, 2015


Come join Heirloom at the Let’s Talk Resistance workshop and conference tomorrow featuring amazing conscious music, African marketplace, vegetarian food, and interesting speakers. We will be vending our all natural, organic teas, metaphysical tools and jewelry, cultural books, and much more! We are excited to be apart of this community event and we look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, contact us at heirloomphilly@gmail.com!

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Thank you Uhuru for an Awesome 2015 Market Season!!

Omali Yeshitela speaking on global imperialism at the last Uhuru Market of the season.
Omali Yeshitela speaking on global imperialism at the last Uhuru Market of the season.
Heirloom enjoyed another properous Uhuru Market season. Excited for next year!
Heirloom enjoyed another prosperous Uhuru Market season. Excited for next year!

We just wanted to give a huge thank you shout out to Uhuru Furniture and Collectibles for another amazing year. Uhuru Flea Market is our favorite vending space because of the beautiful vibes created by the other vendors, customers, and of course the organizers. We are so grateful to Ali, Tiffany, Opa, Joe, Harris, Ruby, Janus, Moody, Cate, and all of those integral to making the Uhuru Flea Market a grand success. We are excited for next year and are looking forward to participating in upcoming events. Uhuru!

Lots of natural, organic tea options for our customers!
Lots of natural, organic tea options for our customers!

To see more pictures from our last Uhuru Market, click below or on the above heading!

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Thank you 21st Annual International Locks Conference!

We had an amazing time at the 21st Annual International Locks Conference!
Not only did we offer more teas than ever, beautiful meditation tools added extra bohemian ambiance to the table.
Not only did we offer more teas than ever, beautiful meditation tools added extra bohemian ambiance to the table.
What an amazing experience to be around so many creative and inspiring vendors! Already excited for next year!
What an amazing experience to be around so many creative and inspiring vendors! Already excited for next year!

See more pictures from the Conference after the jump!

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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 heirloomphilly@gmail.com! Hope to see you there!

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 1 Renovations

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Our sidewalk sign insert for the pop-up created by Signs Now in Beaufort, SC.

Every moment not spent working at the tea store job and not sleeping is spent on building my business, cultivating my baby – Heirloom. Omar and I spent the last year selling at markets and joint pop-ups. Now we are focusing on building a prototype tea lounge in our home. The test pop-up event takes place in about a month and we are full speed ahead with renovations, product development, and marketing. So much to do but so rewarding when it is all for your future. I wanted to document our journey through it all. We are currently in phase 1 of the transformation and all is on track for a wonderful bohemian boutique, tea lounge experience. Excitement growing…

(Click on the header or the link below to see the renovations in progress.)

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Review: “Mental Flight” by Ben Okri

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While studying at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, one of my favorite fiction book assignments was The Famished Road by Ben Okri. What an absolutely magical book! Spurred by my new-found love of this amazingly imaginative author, I purchased a small book of poems written by Okri, An Anti-Spell for the 21st Century: Mental Flight. Now I must have carried this book around with me from country to country, state to state for over ten years. I finally decided to read it on a trip to D.C. Below are a few of the passages that I wanted to share from this remarkable master-piece.

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The Metropolitan Museum: Obelisks

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Within the Ancient Egyptian exhibition at The Met, one will find a room filled with images of obelisks from around the world. Growing up in the United States, I am most familiar with the very tall obelisk found in Washington, DC – The Washington Monument. However, the obelisk originates in a more ancient time. Wikipedia describes an obelisk as “a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top.” It explains that the builders of Ancient Egyptians called it, “tekhenu” and they were usually placed in pairs at the entrance of a temple.

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Overcoming Generational Pathologies

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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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Thank you APEDF!

ajualuv presents "Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki".
“Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki” presenation.

Thank you African People’s Education and Defense Fund and Uhuru Furniture for launching the Health in Our Hands Series and allowing me to present the ajualuv workshop, “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki”.  I appreciate your sincere efforts at creating a more healthy environment for African people.

Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times!

Photography by Uhuru Furniture staff.

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins

FREE Workshop: “Holistic Health & Intro to Reiki”

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Join ajualuv at the Uhuru Solidarity Center in Philadelphia, PA on February 16, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

I will be speaking on holistic health and explaining how Reiki can help balance your mind-body-spirit connection.

I look forward to seeing you there!

For more information contact the African People’s Education & Defense Fund: 215.546.1485

Copyright 2013-2014 Ajua Hawkins