Back when hippies inhabited the groovy Grove, when Viet Nam War protests gripped college campuses the same year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated, when tie-dye and bell bottoms were the fashion, an incense-scented shop called Maya Hatcha opened on Grand Avenue.
In 1968, the stylish Vivian Jordan greeted customers from behind the sales counter at Maya Hatcha, as she still does today. The sweet smell of patchouli and the beat of African reggae music still fill the tiny shop. Handcrafted jewelry and linen, silk and cotton ethnic clothing still dominate the boutique’s offerings.
“I love dealing with people and being creative,” said Jordan, owner of Maya Hatcha. “I like when people tell me, ‘I still have the same dress I bought at your store years ago!’”
The 800-square-foot triangular store is still filled with icons of the “flower power,” flourishing not far from today’s high-priced, high-fashion Coconut Grove shops. Its shelves are still stocked with “Jesus sandals” and embroidered bedspreads. Read more at GrandAveNews.com.