During my last visit to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, I was thrilled to discover Maya Notes had not been a part of the demolition along 5th Avenue. That giant hole that has replaced a couple of blocks, including the much loved “Calle Corazon” would soon be the location of a brand-spanking-new hotel. But I digress…
I had discovered Maya Notes during a previous visit while scouting for souvenirs to bring back for my daughter and here I was again, browsing the aisles of this wonderful little piece of heaven on Calle 14, just west of 5th Avenue.
“Do you want some tequila?” It was Ali, the owner, just being her friendly, hospitable self. I declined (this time) and we laughed. It was good to be back.
Much of what Ali sells is made by members of her family. One of my purchases this time was a sweet orange-scented candle that had been poured into the inside-out rind of an orange. Ali had bought them from a local Mayan community to re-sell in her store. It was her way of supporting her community and my purchase was my way of supporting her community. I only wish I had bought more to bring back as gifts.
Pretty creative, huh?
If you happen to find yourself in Playa del Carmen, strolling along 5th Avenue, be sure to stop at Maya Notes. You too may find yourself being asked, “You want some tequila?” as you browse the merchandise (if you’re lucky!).
Here are some more photos from Ali’s colourful shop:
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