Downtown retailer Mahatma, previously located in the Carew Tower, will officially reopen in its new location on Main Street on April 20.
Vice Mayor Jim Tarbell and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. President David Ginsburg will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m., officially reopening the eclectic jewelry store. Then, the store will celebrate a grand reopening party on April 21 from 4 to 9 p.m., in conjunction with the DownTown HopAround. The parties will feature free refreshments and 10-20% discounts on jewelry.
At the new Mahatma, visitors will experience a larger store with more selections of artisan-crafted, ethnic jewelry from cultures around the world, including an array of handmade sterling and semi-precious stone rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
“We will feature world-class jewelry from throughout the world,” said Crow Grando, proprietor of Mahatma. “Customer will find pieces from Tibet, India, Nepal, Indonesia, central Asia, Russia and more, all with the incomparable quality for which we’re known. “
In the new store, Mahatma also will expand its selection of fine quality incense, candles, flowering, loose tea and other specialty gift items. In addition, it will carry traditional folk art and artifacts including masks, textiles and devotional items from various cultures, as well as larger items that they could not display well in their original space, such as a Japanese wedding kimono.
“Previously, we had to decline opportunities to import beautiful prayer rugs or larger deity statues when we found them,” Grando explained. “Now, with our spacious store front, we can offer and display a greater range of merchandise, and customers will finally see the true extent of our inventory.”
Mahatma’s new location is 639 Main Street, between Hathaway’s and the Fifth Third Bank Theater of the Aronoff Center, on the corner of Main and Seventh Streets.
“To provide more convenience for our customers, we plan to offer extended hours before and after Aronoff performances in the future,” Grando said.
Initial store hours will be Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mahatma is closed on Sundays.
“We’re excited to join a wonderful enclave of artistic and specialty businesses on Main Street,” Grando said. “Our customers have always shopped Mahatma for the experience as well as the product, and with our larger space, and prime location among other eclectic businesses, we will enhance that experience.”
(Photo from http://www.neelman.arts.com)