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Have you Herbed?

When I drive through the village of Bathurst on the R67 outside Port Alfred, it’s hard to resist pulling in at the eye-catching Two Sages Health & Gift Shop. Owner Marcel Pullen shares the building with the Richard Pullen Studio & Gallery, and the husband-and-wife team presents a delightful store front in this laid-back rural settlement on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast.

Richard’s ceramics draw people inside, where they can watch him at work and engage the master potter in conversation. But they inevitably drift into the treasure trove that is Marcel’s shop, where she sells everything uplifting, from Tibetan prayer flags and incense, to herbal teas and her own range of aromatherapy body-care products.

“I was a city girl who had studied aromatherapy, and then came to Bathurst with Richard,” says Marcel. “Richard’s mom Ethel had a herb nursery

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