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San Lorenzo Hawaii Gets Some Esky Flavor Love

Earlier this month, San Lorenzo Bikini closed its Queen Kaahumanu Center store and opened in a location that, previous to opening, had been described as a ‘secret and undisclosed’.  I racked my brain to figure out where could be so special, so exciting that they wouldn’t even disclose it.

 San Lorenzo Paia Maui Hawaii

For months, the restoration of Paia Center was taking place, behind the dozens of event posters and weathered boards between Ono Gelato and Honolua Surf Co.  Then one day, holes were cut in the exterior to expose the door and windows, leaving the old wood and a decade worth of flyer staples, and VOILA, a brand new, fresh and funky store was open!  I don’t know how they did it – but I’m impressed!  What had been an eyesore for years instantly became a fantastic storefront (and the talk of the town) – this image below taken on opening day!

san lorenzo bikini shop paia maui

Artist, waterman, visionary and entrepreneur Mickey Eskimo was the visionary behind this restoration (he’s also responsible for the amazing restoration of Haiku Mill!)

“I am the restorer first, then the designing fun starts,” Mickey explained.    “I mean its all fun, but i like to get my canvases ready first.  I love restoring and preserving, especially here in Hawaii where very little old structures are left, a person like me is very needed.  The Paia Center was yet another labor of love, as was Haiku Mill, my Pauwela Cannery Gallery Space and several other smaller projects.

At the Paia Center, i also had the challenge to blend retail space function, with keeping an edgy “eskyflavor worthy” romantic modern/industrialism style. I blended the mega industrial sugar history and raw surf culture of Paia with New York and Paris to result in an innovative retail space design.

The center stood empty well over 15 years and I am glad it was me to give it new and lasting life.”

Mickey is also the man behind Esky Flavor.  Esky Flavor, the surf culture brand (you’ve seen the hats around… everyone has at least one by now…)  is a reflection of Mickey’s ‘love of various cultures, ideas and flavors this still beautiful, but threatened, planet has to offer.’

And now enjoying the fruits of Mickey’s labors is the newest San Lorenzo Bikini shop in Paia.  The company was established as a small sewing shop in 1991 in Lima, Peru, with the production of clothing and swimwear.  A decade later, they expanded production to add a facility in Brazil.  Their designs then reached Hawaii, and a daughter company was established in 2002.  In 2005, they opened two retail stores on Oahu, and the company has been growing ever since.

I was just in this week to shoot these pictures and the word is they just got over 700 new bikinis in the shop, so NOW is the time to check it out!  Besides an extensive collection of their signature line of bikinis, the new shop features bathing suits and cover ups by Tiare Hawaii, Esky Flavor Hats, and an exclusive line of Kamera Jewelry!

The Facts: San Lorenzo Hawaii, Paia Location is currently open from 9am to 9pm daily. (perfect for your bikini shopping after hitting up Flatbread for dinner…) It’s located square in the middle of Paia town, at the stoplight. Follow San Lorenzo Maui on Facebook

Buy Esky Flavor Hats online: Shop coming soon!  We’ll keep you posted here on Maui Made Blog!  This is where the site will be…

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HUE – Voted Best New Business on Maui!

And the Winner for Best New Business is : HUE!  And now the readers of Maui Time Weekly’s popular “Best of Maui” poll know what everyone who’s already been in the store already knew: HUE is a gem.  HUE is a combination furniture store and interior design studio (the two owners are interior designers), but they also carry jewelry, gifts, art, body products, home accessories and more.  And they don’t just carry a little bit of everything, they carry the BEST of everything.

HUE furniture store “We describe our offerings as beach luxe: a bold blend of fun patterns, bright colors and trendy accessories that are perfect for a modern island lifestyle,” mentioned co-owner Jessica Guard McLellan.

The store also presents a rare opportunity for shoppers to view products typically only available through an interior designer. “We have fabrics, window treatments and other custom offerings available at the store that you can see, touch, and feel” continued her partner Wendy Takemoto.

According to Jessica, “our most popular small ticket items are the fun pillows, picture frames and the refillable soap dispensers from Caldrea. I think because they all have fun, modern prints and colors. We also do a lot in custom order with LEE Industries, our main upholstery line.”

l shaped couch sectional modern comfortable

Stylish couches, fun pillows, great gift ideas and home decor options…

As I write this, Wendy and Jessica are on a buying trip on the mainland – yay!  They shared some of their fun finds so far: “Here at market, we are finding new tabletops, throw rugs, and we are bringing in two lines of bedding, one of them organic out of North Carolina. We also found some cute cell phone cases, cotton rugs for the bathroom, Men’s and Childrens’ gifts, and lots of beautiful Christmas decor! We are hoping to really pack the store for the holidays.”

Upon entering HUE, you can tell that Wendy and Jessica are talented interior designers. The store is at once light, fresh and airy, yet filled with so many wonderful finds that you’ll want to stay for a while just to peruse all their offerings.  You may even want to take a break on the comfy looking bed couch.   HUE also seems to have exactly what you want, even if you don’t know exactly what that is.  And if they don’t, they’ll find it.  They regularly have shipments of new furniture and accessories coming in (which keeps their inventory always changing) and can special order just about anything for you.

And if you are looking for made on Maui products, you won’t be disappointed: a recent shopping research expedition revealed finds by blog favorite Pandeia (compass sundial wristwatches), Bluejane Maui (pillows), Kachi (jewelry), and Abigail Romanchak (art).

Interior design professional services include residential and commercial interior design, space planning, furniture sourcing, window treatment design and installation, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, custom upholstery, designer fabric selections, and more.  HUE offers appointments for design services as well as several different design packages, ideal for clients who desire a more personalized experience.

Where: HUE is located at 261 Lalo Street, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

When: Open Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-4

 

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