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Halloween is long over, but that doesn't stop writer Cintra Wilson from reviewing East Village witchcraft shop Enchantments for the Times this week. She pegs the piece to the recession, since economic downturns are usually good for the business of psychics, astrologists and card readers. Also, the store just moved to a new location. Wilson finds the wait staff friendly, and a bit eccentric: "Two witches were on duty when we visited the shop: A young man who could be the fraternal twin of Wednesday Addams, who preferred to be known only as Ricky (occultists, it seems, are often cautious about giving their full names); and Kathy, a fetching, gum-chewing platinum blonde in a spiked belt, black jeans and a T-shirt sprayed down the front with escaped glitter." [NYT]