WESTPORT – One is known professionally as The Cat, the other as The Raven. Now the cat and the raven have teamed up to welcome the locals to their new holistic and wellness shop.
The store is located in the Central Village at 999 Main Road (Suite 103) and officially opened on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s been a decade-long journey building the The Cat and the Raven brand.
“We’ve been to local fairs, mental fairs, the Whaling City Festival …” said co-owner Keith Dias (aka Corvus Elderune, “The Raven”). Dias has been in business for 30 years with partner Jessie (Espirito Gato, “The Cat”), who used to be seen on Fun 107’s free, happy Fridays.
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“It grew out of a passion for something we have always loved and trusted, natural gifts that we always had but didn’t know how to explore,” said Dias. “My gifts are different from his (Espirito Gato). It is about connecting with the mind and the cards. My connections were drawn to the healing side of things, to the crystals, to the runes.
“Ultimately, we wanted to unite our personalities and bring them under one roof,” said Dias.
How it all started
The cat and raven originally launched in 2019 and then went on sale after signing a lease on the 1,100-square-foot store in October 2020.
“A wonderful opportunity arose,” said Dias. “I had prayed to my father for answers.” Dias lost his father to pancreatic cancer. “My father’s life number was number 9 … and when I saw that the address here was 999 and he happened to be in the cemetery across the street, I knew this place should be,” Dias said.
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Dias was born in Fall River and raised in Westport. He received his associate degree from Full Sail University in Florida and studied film and video. In 1996 he moved to California to pursue an entertainment career. There he met his partner Jessie and married her.
Jessie was born in Mexico and raised in Los Angeles. She specializes in tarot and oracle readings. He states on his website that he knew early on that he was connected to the other side through a bond he shared with his late mother and twin.
In 2008 the couple decided to return to Westport. “The family called me at home,” said (Keith) Dias. “We felt the need to be here with the family again.”
In Westport, the duo began to publicly pursue his spiritual gifts. “We went through some really difficult times and found that these are natural gifts, not just that we needed to build ourselves up, but also to build up other people,” Dias said.
“Life is full of stages, there are ups and downs, and unfortunately those lows sometimes lead people through dark places. We believe that what we do and offer the things we offer creates light, positivity and happiness and can guide people through these darker times. “
The success of the shop in Westport so far
Since the shop opened, The Cat and the Raven has offered readings, treatments, private events and courses in-store and virtually. With COVID-19, Dias has seen an increase in people seeking healing energy and connections to media through the pandemic – especially to people who may not have been able to say goodbye to loved ones for good.
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“Just being able to offer the good energy they need, or sometimes the answers they are looking for,” Dias said of what can be achieved for family members. “It’s comforting to know, when you’re open to it, that they aren’t really gone. They are still with you and around you … It helps make the path a little easier. “
The Cat and the Raven provide help to clients seeking peace, tranquility, and ways to deal with stress and anxiety. “So scared of the pandemic,” noted Dias.
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In the meantime, they are working hard to keep COVID-19 safe. The shop and private meeting rooms have plexiglass shields, hand sanitizer, diffusers in all rooms, constant cleaning and a new building – state-of-the-art heating and infiltration systems. “We took all the steps we could take,” added Dias.
Dias was raised Catholic and now says that he and his partner are walking a more spiritual path. “Spirituality means understanding all the differences and similarities in all cultures and religions in the world,” he said. “I feel very connected to everything that I have brought up and brought up.”
What the cat and the raven offer the guests
The main goal of the cat and raven is to be a “safe haven” for anyone who walks through the doors. The shop not only offers an extensive range of products, but also a wide range of services. Espirito Gato (The Cat) offers curandero, tarot, crystal ball, past lives, pyromancy, hydromantic, masseuristic, and readings for the year ahead. While Corvus Elderune (The Raven) performs crystal healings, chakra tuning and numerous castings – all on the shop’s website.
In addition, the shop offers courses and soon free workshops exclusively for gay, lesbian and transgender young people who have difficulty identifying themselves, finding their way around and feeling good when they embark on their previous journey.
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“Our goal in opening this place has always been to be open and invite everyone, no matter who they are,” said Dias. “The more open you are to things, the more understanding you are not only for the world around you, but for everyone who lives in it.”
Please visit The Cat and the Raven official website for more information. You can also follow on Facebook.