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{April 17, 2007}   Mahatma Will Reopen on Main Street April 20


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.”

Teri Archer

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Doona says:

I’ll be there! This is going to be a GREAT store!

hard as nails says:

how very odd. teri archer writing a story without getting screwed somehow.

Barbara says:

This is the best post you’ve done here. Something positive and actually reporting on something new downtown. Good job!

Matt says:

This reads like an Enquirer livings piece. What gives?

Therasa says:

If Barbara thinks this is the best post ever, then you clearly have taken a mis-step. This gal never likes anything you put up.

Brian Ciesko says:

Hey, this is nothing to get bent over, people. [Uh, no pun intended, Teri]
Mahatma is an excellent and eclectic store with killer jewelry and cool stuff, not just another temple of consumerism like the Enquirer promotes. I wondered when they were going to finally open and now I know. And since I get paid next week, I’ll have a little scratch to play with over there.

So thanks, Teri.

Marilyn says:

I’d like to look at their deity statues!

Biscuit says:

Thanks Teri- it’s nice to have positive information regarding downtown.
The day after the opening will you have a post of the events…especially what happens in the back storeroom.

(the usual apologies for the cheap shot)

David Gallaher says:

She has a variety of brass bowls that you rub just right around the edges with a wooden rod to created a wavering, haunting music.
These have all sorts of sexual symbolism. Those along with the incense.

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