Maha! is moving. A sale is on now at the Wayzata boutique, which expects to close before Christmas. The new location won't be announced until early next year.
After six years on Wayzata's Lake Street, owner Krista Fragola says she made "the difficult decision" not to renew her lease. In an email to customers, she said, "As much as I love being part of this wonderful community's landscape, it's simply a better business decision for us to move to a higher traffic location that caters to the success of independent, locally owned boutiques."
That's not a dig on Anthropologie and J.McLaughlin, two national retailers that recently opened in downtown Wayzata. "I welcome new business," says Fragola, who also lives in the Wayzata area. Downtown Wayzata has been under, or surrounded by, construction at least three of the six years Maha has been open, Fragola says, and there's more to come. While new restaurants and stores have opened, others have closed. Even in ideal conditions, Wayzata is destination shopping, and a neighborhood that has long struggled to attract the traffic needed to keep the lights on, particularly during winter months.
Moving plans for Maha! have actually been in the works for more than a year. Fragola says she had hoped to announce the new location along with the moving sale, but the paperwork isn't quite complete. "We have amazing plans for the new location. A slightly revised concept with even more unique brands and offerings."
The new Maha! will open sometime in 2016. In the interim, Fragola says she and buyer Josi Wert Javinsky plan to spend some time "scouring the globe" for new products and ideas.
Meanwhile, everything in store is currently on sale. Get 35 to 95 percent off denim, cashmere, winter accessories, and other new arrivals. Maha's last day in Wayzata will likely be Dec. 20. 631 E. Lake St., Wayzata