Kimaya Kama, the jewelry, clothing and housewares boutique known for its selection of unique and beautiful items with an international flair, is moving from South Orange to Maplewood Village.
But after she was unable to find the right location, she decided to make a new home at 168 Maplewood Avenue, next to Lorena’s Restaurant. The new shop will open in early May.
“My husband Manoj and I live in South Orange and love being part of this great SOMA community,” said Salaskar. “It was unfortunate that we were unable to find a space that met our size and location requirements in South Orange but we are thrilled that we now have our ideal space in the heart of Maplewood village. We look forward to being active participants in events and festivities that make up the fabric of this vibrant village.”
“We are delighted to have Kimaya Kama opening in Maplewood Village this spring,” said Julie Doran, manager of the Maplewood Village Alliance. “The unique merchandise offerings from around the globe will provide an exciting addition to our retail mix.”
“I like to think of Kimaya Kama as a collection of all of my favorite clothing and accessories for everyone to enjoy,” said Salaskar. “Some of our items are handmade by artisans in remote villages like our embroidered leather sandals. Our sterling silver jewelry, tunics and kaftans are exclusively designed by us and are unique in every aspect.”
“We wish Kimaya the very best of luck in her new location, and fortunately for all of us, she will still be a South Orange resident, a neighbor and a friend,” said Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance. “Along with the landlord, we will immediately be looking for a desirable replacement tenant for that space.”
Salaskar plans to begin offering men’s cuff links, pocket squares and ties, brass and wooden artifacts and statues as well as hand-painted ceramic and glass knobs. In addition they will expand their clothing line to include dresses, pants, tops, men’s tunics besides the embroidered cotton and silk tunics, kaftans and scarves they currently carry.
“We will continue to evolve and add to our product line this year,” she said.
Kimaya Kama will shut its doors in South Orange on Saturday, April 18.