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Paia News- Truths vs Rumors Part 2

June 27 Update: Fresh Mint is closing today after 13 years of serving vegetarian Vietnamese cuisine… and tomorrow is the last day to enjoy Paia Bay Coffee (closing at 1pm)  – To hear where they are moving next, shoot them an email at paiabaycoffee@gmail.com (we’ll try to keep you posted here too) – and to order their house blend of whole coffee beans, email them at the same.

It seems every time I drive through Paia now, something is newly opened or has shuttered its doors.  Which is impressive since I drive through Paia a lot.

Here is a a refresher of the places that have closed in the last few months or so (and some brand new closures!).

Closed:

  • Nellie’s
  • Paia Yoga
  • Paia Pharmacy
  • Paia Contemporary Gallery
  • Eve Black Jewelry
  • and Paia Bay Coffee only has a few weeks left on their lease…

Rumor: Nellie’s is rumored be turning into a full service restaurant, but who will be running the restaurant remains a mystery.

Truth: Dan and John Cesere opened their first art gallery last week (Cesere Brothers), at the former Paia Contemporary Gallery location, next to Tamara Catz.

Truth: Yogis in Paia seem to have migrated over to Infusion, ‘Maui’s first Yoga and Barre Studio’, located behind Dazoo and Pearl and run by Trish Bianco.  We’ve been hearing good things about it.

Truth: Fans of Eve Black Jewelry will have to wait for the fall to get their glam on: here’s the word from Eva “I will take the jewelry collection to Europe for the summer, but I’ll be back on Maui in October to look for a new location.”

makai glass gallery wave art paia maui Truth: The artists of Makai Glass have opened Makai Gallery in the former Paia Pharmacy location, also featuring other artists such as Spar Street.

Truth: Construction has started in the vacant lot between Milagros and Alice in Hulaland – anyone care to start the rumors on what the building will be?

paia construction near milagros baldwin avenue

Rumors: are flying around that Paia will soon be home to a sushi joint and a vegan cafe.   No confirmation has yet to be received, so I can’t share any more details at this point!

Truth: Another fairly new addition to Paia are the headquarters for Hawaii Web Group.  This creative web marketing firm is quickly growing and needed more space.  Paia was a perfect fit for them because Hawaii Web Group embraces their artistic side.  As a ‘support-local’ blog, we appreciate that Hawaii Web Group only hires full time Maui residents with no outsourcing, something rare in that industry. Hawaii Web Group helps Maui businesses reach a larger audience online by creating engaging viral content, which is then promoted via their attractive, high-traffic Maui websites and popular social media profiles.

Truth: And a bit up Baldwin Avenue, Lumeria has opened up its restaurant, Mūbu, to the public for dinner.  They are also opening up the Crystal Spa in June. Lumeria is a boutique yoga and wellness retreat catering to individual travelers and small groups seeking adventure for mind, body and spirit in barefoot elegance

Mūbu is Lumeria’s organic farm-to-table restaurant (breakfast and lunch for hotel guests only). Most ingredients come from Lumeria’s own farm and edible gardens and the remainder comes from within 10 miles of the property.

“Our chef always prepares what is freshest for the day, so we do not have a menu as it is prefix every day. If you would like to book with us, please call us to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance.” Dinner is $40/person for a 3-course meal.

lumeria.spa.paia.maui.crystal.massageLumeria’s Crystal Spa is set to open on June 1, and will be open daily between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. The spa is decorated with clusters of crystals not only for their beauty but to balance and harmonize the energy in the space and to offer their energy to all spa guests. Here are some more details from the spa, which takes up over 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space:

  • Coconut Grove: The Spa’s adjacent coconut grove offers a great place for peaceful meditation and lounging among the tall coconut palms that offer delicious, fresh coconut water and flesh, harvested for the Spa’s use.
  • 5 indoor crystal spa shalas– Each uniquely decorated spa cottage, housing crystal clusters, geodes and spheres that offer beautiful energy that can transform the spirit, inspire intuitive insight, guards against negative vibrations, and smooth’s the energy flows of spirit and body.
  • 2 ocean view massage shalas-Our private, open-beam constructed massage cottages are perfect for your open air connection or a romantic outdoorsy spa journey. These Massage Shalas have a cozy Plantation feel with beautiful views of the full length of the garden and the Pacific coast
  • Indoor tandem suite: For couples, friends and parent/child services
  • Janta Lounge (musical journey) – The spa invites you to arrive one hour prior your spa treatment and partake in the relaxing Janta Lounge, a world infused with the sounds of harmony and healing. Seat and listen the vibrational harmonics embedded into a custom musical journey, which are then combined with multi-dimensional sounds of nature and the pure tones of silicon crystal bowls. The Musical Journey is complimentary to all Lumeria Crystal Spa Guests.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen Dressing Rooms: Designed to offer the best start and end to your spa experience with individual changing areas to ensure maximum privacy.
  • Color & Aromatherapy Shower: This watercolor experience is designed to shower you in relaxing sensations and to improve your overall health and well- being. Shining different colors of light thru a water rain on the skin has tremendous health benefits.
  • Aroma Crystal Bar: offers you custom blend spa products to ease stress, touch the senses and promote healing. This Aroma Bar serves up a refreshing blend of aromatherapy on crystals for your sauna bath, a custom blend for your massage
  • Crystal energy sauna: We offer an intimate and private experience with our small wooden sauna room designed as a place to experience dry heat sessions with infused aromatic crystals. The high heat makes the bathers detox, relax and balance.

 

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Paia Town – Truths vs Rumors

UPDATED 5/4/14

WOW!  What a tremendous response I have received for this post.  Looks like Paia gossip (and news!) is a hot topic!  And I’m going to make it easy for you – If you like this post, please follow us on Facebook for more buy-local/support-local news from Maui!  

There are rumors flying all over the island about what is happening in Paia – and one thing is for certain  – Paia is booming!  So, I took a walk around my favorite little town to see if I could separate fact from fiction.   Construction was happening all over the place, and luckily everyone was working with the doors open!  Sorry about the crazy paparazzi photos!

5/4 Updates: 

TRUTH: The glass blowers from Makai Glass Creations will be opening Makai Gallery at the former Paia Pharmacy location this week!  They will be featuring other artists as well, including Spar Street.

4/30 Updates:

It is with sadness that we share the news, just released this morning, that a shop I reported on for this original post is not getting their lease renewed.  Paia Bay Coffee will be closing at the end of June.   Let’s support them as much as we can over the next two months – and hope they find a great new location!

4/24 Updates:

TRUTH – Cariloha Bamboo is looking for a retail location in Paia.  They currently have stores on Front Street and Shops at Wailea.   

More about the Cariloha Brand: You probably know that bamboo as a hard, woody plant that grows very quickly, but did you know that it can also be made into ultra-soft clothing, bedding, and bath goods that rivaled the softness of cashmere and silk?  Bamboo is 3 degrees cooler than cotton and wicks moisture away from your body. It even helps repel odors and allergens. Cariloha has over 40 full, stand-alone stores in 13 countries, and coming soon (hopefully) Paia!  

TRUTH – Renovations are currently underway at the F. Garcia Building along Baldwin Avenue, just above the Stupa. Construction should be complete in late summer, presenting a rare opportunity for fresh retail space in Paia!  Its right across from the free parking lot below the Post Office too!  With limited free parking in Paia now, this lot is becoming very popular and the space is already seeing some great foot traffic, with only more to come (and no, I’m not getting commission for this listing – but I probably should…)   For more information, contact Cindy Greenwell or Robin Kean at  Kean Properties  – Here’s more info from the flyer – (and click on the image below to see the full size rendering of what the completed renovation is expected to look like)

  • F Garcia Building Paia Maui Retail Space for RentPerfect opportunity for retail tenant to customize interior buildouts to suit their needs.
  • Single Tenant is prefered, but possible multi tenant.
  • Up to 2254 sq feet of completely renovated space.
  • Perfect for bakery, deli, coffee bar or even office space with great exposure!

From the original post:

TRUTH – There is a darling little coffee shop next to Aloha Bead Company!  I’ve never been in their before, but with the closing (renovation?) of Nellie’s and Haz Beans (which appears to now be a food truck by Paia Bay), there was a sudden lack of a coffee shop where you can just sit and enjoy a cup of joe or a snack, (sorry Anthony’s – that shipped sailed for you a while ago) –  I finally ventured into the charming little Paia Bay Coffee shop.  There is some outdoor seating, along with a couple quaint indoor tables.  I just had the coffee- but it looked like a place I’d go back to just for some nice quiet time.  Paia Bay Coffee is open from 6:30am to 5:30pm daily. Check out their Facebook page – 

TRUTH – Rock ‘N Brews is Open for business.  Haven’t been in here yet but it looks fun, especially if you are into family style (as in shared tables) dining. I’m waiting until they get all their beer taps filled!

butterfly effect paiaTRUTH – The Butterfly Effect is this weekend!  This non competitive SUP event takes the women paddlers from Baldwin Beach to Kanaha Beach.  Entry is $35 and includes all kinds of fun bonuses.  Starts at 9am on Saturday, April 26.

TRUTH – The Turnbull Gallery has sadly closed, taking all their awesome outdoor sculptures with them.  You can now find them at their Studio and Sculpture Garden in Kahakuloa – follow the Kahili Hwy from Wailuku.

 

nellies bistroRUMOR? – The former Nellie’s location is rumored to be turning into a full restaurant – and perhaps expanding into the former Turnbull space? (this may very well be true, it just hasn’t been confirmed by an owner or authorized representative to me personally yet)

 

TRUTH – For a massive selection of Esky Flavor (a Maui Made favorite!) hats, (and possibly some shave ice), check out Toby’s Shave Ice!

paia development new retail spaceTRUTH- The tiny shops (where Pakaloha Bikinis and a few other shops where) have definitely been torn down.  Rumor that a more permanent building will be going in.

TRUTH – Sad to say, got the official email today that EVE BLACK HAWAII has lost the lease to their Paia shop.  Home decor items will be on sale, and their last day will be Friday, May 9th.

RUMOR – The vacant space next to Milagros is also in the works to be under construction at some point.  (Who didn’t see this coming?  Its prime real estate!)

 

paia pharmacyRUMOR- Paia Pharmacy is indeed gone, and rumored to be another gift shop (anyone know any details?).

 

TRUTH – After months of hearing ‘next month’ – bakery fanatics will now be pleased to hear that Moana Bakery should indeed be opening  – next month.  Construction is taking place on the vacant location, next to Dazoo, but fans of fresh cookies and cakes and pastries of all sorts should fear not – an awesome selection of goodies is available daily at Dazoo.  They also take special orders!   The other TRUTH in this section is that the parking lot adjacent to Pearl and Dazoo (and a handful of other spaces in that building) – has turned into yet another ‘PAY TO PARK’ lot.

TRUTH – Mana Foods unveiled a totally redesigned DELI section today, and the rumor from the deli section employee today?   The new section has more ‘serve yourself’ deli favorites.  Just wait to see what happens tomorrow!  We can hardly wait.

 

RUMOR – Rumor is that a currently operating operation will be operating an additional operation in the former Haz Beans.

 

And if you are still reading this far down, you must really love Paia town too – Please leave a comment with your favorite shop and/or restaurant, and if you know the TRUTHS to any of these rumors – please email me at lizsmithonmaui (at) yahoo (dot) com

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