Husband-wife team bring touch of India to center

By Desiree LLerena….

Kimaya offers a varied assortment of highly sought after items from Indian culture, tradition and symbols.

The Shops at Sunset Place, one of South Miami’s leading retail and entertainment destinations, is welcoming Kimaya to its diverse collection of retailers.

Kimaya’s opening marks Freddy and Jaya Bhagchandani’s first location in the U.S. and their second joint venture together in business. When deciding what type of business to open, the couple chose something that was close to their hearts — India.Freddy and Jaya did not come to The Shops to open a retail store, they came to offer the community exclusive and distinctive merchandise from India.

After spending nearly a decade growing their own jewelry business, the Bhagchandanis were intrigued by the persistent requests of friends and clients seeking rare and hand-made goods from India. Motivated by these mounting appeals and their own yearning for adventure, the couple embarked on an exotic journey throughout India and was captivated by the amount of artisans crafting goods with their hands, thus Kimaya’s tagline, “work of art.”

Inspired by India’s rich culture and fueled by the requests of those closest to them, the concept for Kimaya was born. Kimaya, Sanskrit for “Divine,” offers a varied assortment of highly sought after items from Indian culture, tradition and symbols. The couple aims to work with companies that deal in Fair Trade, in turn helping producers in developing countries create better trading conditions and promote sustainability.

Consistent with Indian philosophy and tradition, Kimaya promises to purify the mind and calm the senses. The store beckons shoppers with the alluring, magical sounds of wind chimes and water bell fountains, the heavenly, layered scent of incense and yoga inspired music playing throughout.

The peace-seeking will find statues of Hindu gods and goddesses, Buddha statues, Indian incense, prayer malas, tea light holders, handmade costume jewelry from India and Tibet, hand crafted jewelry boxes from India, Himalayan salt lamps for air purification, inspirational home décor, yoga items, Indian tunics, soothing wind chimes, meditation fountains and much more.

Kimaya is located on the second level of The Shops next to Casa Ideas.

“The Shops at Sunset Place is excited to welcome Kimaya to our dynamic mix of shops,” said Alein Cadalso, mall manager at The Shops at Sunset Place. “This store will infuse even more of an international flavor into the mall, reflective of the eclectic blend of cultures that we experience in our South Florida community.”

The Shops at Sunset Place is an open-air shopping venue that features a majestic waterfall and cascading fountain amidst a dramatic grand staircase. The mall is located at the intersection of S. Dixie Highway (US 1) and Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) in South Miami and is managed by Simon Property Group Inc. The Shops at Sunset Place offers a sensational lineup of dining and entertainment venues, including AMC 24 Sunset Place with IMAX, Color Me Mine, Cool-de- Sac Play Café, Dan Marino’s, Gametime, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge. In addition, The Shops at Sunset Place is home to leading retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble Superstore, Forever 21, Hollister Co., Gap/Gap Kids, Niketown, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Z-Gallerie and CasaIdeas.

Additional information is available online at <www.simon.com> or at www.facebook. com/ShopsAtSunsetPlace .


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1 Comment on "Husband-wife team bring touch of India to center"

  1. This place has awful merchandise and its highly overpriced. Its a disgrace as I really wanted some good Indian stores in South Miami for my personal shopping.

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