Paia town slowly reopening
Alice In Hulaland owner Stanton Cohen stands in front of screens installed in front of the cash register at the store, which reopened Monday on Baldwin Avenue in Paia. With boards that had covered the storefront taken down and measures in place to help customers feel more comfortable, Cohen says he hopes the reopening will help bring activity back to the town. Country singer Willie Nelson wrote a song about the store, which has been in business for 20 years in Paia. “I just felt like it was time to do something,” Cohen said. “Without the tourists you’re going to be slow, but you got to get back open. The more that open, the better it’ll be for the town.”
Sales associate Danielle Allen checks a rack of new women’s clothing at Alice In Hulaland. “It feels good,” Allen said. “Everybody said they were happy to see the town open up again.”
Emma Schauwecker and owner Patti Pottorff go through merchandise Monday at Biasa Rose boutique, which was among a handful of businesses that reopened in Paia town last week. The store is open Monday through Friday and is offering shopping by appointment on weekends and from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. Its Rose’s consignment also is taking appointments, and websites have been updated for biasarose.com and neighboring store Sea La Vie at sealaviepaia.com.