We’re assuming that the MauiTime readers who picked Barnes & Noble as best bookshop either voted from their smart phones (and are still happily lost in the stitch-and-spine sprawl), or they Hansel & Greteled their trip by leaving a cafe croissant crumb trail so they could manage to escape. Yes, B&N is that big. We suppose this is a good thing, seeing as on-isle bookshops are disappearing faster than youths’ innocence, and you can’t munch a sandwich or pay for keeps at the library. Even in the expanse, whiffs of corporate coffee and fresh ink are intoxicating, and the fluorescent mood lighting casts everything in a subtle-ish glow; shelves’ shadows carefully masking overwhelmed bibliomaniacs who are passed-out and convulsing. (Stumble upon one of the afflicted? Be a good Samaritan and smack them with your Nook. You may have to endure a regained-consciousness rant about how the printed page will never fade, but the cleanup shift will thank you.)
Watching Borders' liquidation was like watching the carcass of a fallen beast being picked clean by vultures. Even if you’re King of the Kindle, if the sight didn't incite a twinge of sadness, you've got a hardcover heart. A la Ambrose Bierce, Mauians have eulogized Borders with "doleful voice(s), mingled with the sobbing which it was its purpose to stimulate and sustain, r(ising) and f(alling) ... like the sound of the sullen sea." On Twitter, @mauilibrarian2 said "[It’s] sad because [we've lost] a vibrant PLACE that serves as a barometer of who we are and what we value." Too true. Because Borders was more than just a place for book-buying (or not, as the company's bankruptcy bespeaks) -- it was a place to congregate and commiserate, to explore and expend. As this BOM award demonstrates, Maui misses dear ol' Dairy Rd. Borders -- maybe even more than it misses us.
CONSIGNMENT STORE, Winner Elise! Clothing Company Address: 310 Alamaha St., Unit 3, Kahului, HI 96732 Phone: 808-893-5473 Website: http://www.eliseclothingcompany.com Sorry, Kermit. It is easy being green. Just head to either of Elise!’s secondhand shops and find out how easy it is to buy, sell and/or trade trendy threads -- and get other gals green with envy. More than cute, Elise! is cost-and Earth-conscious (read: you get bang for your buck while keeping you bootie looking bangin’). But wait, dear readers. Elise! ain’t exactly a consignment shop. Rather, they buy all their inventory upfront--which keeps everything easy peasy lemon squeezy for clientele. No wonder Mauians know that when they have “nothing to wear,” they ought to hop on over to Elise!.
BRIDAL SHOP, Winner Ellys Formal Wear and Bridal Address: 145 N. Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753 Website: http://www.ellysformalwear.com/ Say yes to the dress and so much more at Elly’s in Sugar Beach, Kihei. The largest formal wear and bridal store on Maui has prom dresses, tuxedos, rentals, bridesmaids gowns, and an onsite seamstress and presser. Elly’s professional services can tame any Bridezilla challenge, with a Maui Touch. Elly’s Formal Wear and Bridal has been serving the Maui community since 1994 and continues to love serving couples on that special day.
The Grand Wailea property is ginormous, so there is more to love here. Getting married? They have their own chapel. Want fresh seafood? Their restaurant Humuhumu perches about a million gallons of saltwater and you fish your own lobster from the lagoon. Want a water park for the kids, they have you covered with their pool and its bells and whistles. The hard part is having to leave when your stay is over. They have kamaaina deals too.
Address: 41 East Lipoa Street Ste 21, Kihei, HI Phone: (808) 879-4909www.medispamaui.com/ Website:www.medispamaui.com/
It’s not easy being hairy in a society that equates hairless with beautiful. Modern laser hair removal can take hairy to hairless on any quadrant on your body with any skin type. MauiTime readers apparently like MediSpa Maui with their convenient locations in Kihei and Kahului for their clean sweeps. Medispa also has all the latest technology in skin care, anti aging and skin rejuvenation.
The cutest chordophone on Earth heralds Hawaiian heritage (thanks first to da Portuguese cavaquinho et alia), so when Mauians select who’s got the best ukulele shop on-isle, they know what they’re talking about. For 20 years, Mele Ukulele--under the direction of world-renowned luthier Michael Rock--has been a haven for four (or more) stringers. Their Wailuku store carries all things uke, and it’s not uncommon to see a local celebrity stopping in for anything from a pack of strings to a new, entirely handmade ukulele (from their Waiehu factory), known for their pristine playability. They’re made with tropical hardwoods like koa (a flamed-grain favorite) and sometimes Western red cedar (which "imparts a warm, mellow, rich tone”) or Sitka spruce (which adds "volume, punch and brilliance”); like fine cigars, these ukes are best stored in humidors (fo’ realz).
Maria Montessori was a revolutionary in childhood education and she would be very proud of the Montessori School of Maui. They have build an amazing green campus, gardens, art programs and libraries. The toddler program starts at around eighteen months and teaches our children how to be contributing members of their community.
When asked why he thinks MauiTime readers voted him as the best mechanic on Maui, Brian Shelton says, "I am the best on island and I'd put that as a challenge to any mechanic." Shelton's the proprietor of Shelton's Auto Masters and has been in the business for 35 years (17 of those years with Mercedes Benz). He began tinkering under the hood when he was just 11-years-old, apprenticing for his stepfather, and his automotive studies have taken him as far away as Germany. He moved to Maui in 1992 and began his own business, and ever since he's been the man to see to keep your pistons pumping -- and in style. His shop does "everything"-- from auto repair to custom painting (he says more than 40 vehicles on-isle are his canvasses on wheels). "I just love cars--they're amazing," Shelton says. "(What's) lacking in today's businesses--especially in the automotive industry--is because people seem to just go to work for the money. I don't go to work for the money. I just love cars and the money happens. Well, sometimes it doesn't--and that's a challenge--but I'm honest and hardworking and people like me. Honesty and integrity is a hard thing to find in the car business, and I think I have both of those things." MauiTime readers resoundingly agree.
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