About Us

In 1981, I fell in love with the music of the Grateful Dead.

In 1982, I went to my first concert Grateful Dead concert and fell in love with the live music experience, which was far fuller and richer than just listening to records. And then there was the whole subculture that existed around the band. There was a family energy. Maybe 10% of the concertgoers didn't go home after the show. They focused on making enough cash to pay for a ticket to the next show, plus travel expenses to get there. They just went from one show to the next. Indeed, the band was constantly touring. And the traveling was like the old-time adventure of running away and joining the circus.

There was an outside scene before the shows in the parking lots and an inside scene during the performances. Hippies were hanging out in the parking lot way before the show started. The atmosphere was full of happy hippies hanging out: loving life, partying, hacking, playing guitars, and doing business. Trading and selling wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry as they were making it. Stir-frying vegan food. Walking around selling Devil Sticks, Tye-Die T-shirts, and so on.

During the 80s, I dabbled in selling various products; however, I became increasingly intrigued by all the cool-looking Guatemalan clothes and accessories. By 1989, I was intrigued enough to go to Guatemala and see who made these things and what the culture was like.

When I got to the rural central highlands of Guatemala, I was immediately captivated. The surroundings' exquisite beauty, exotic culture, and warm-hearted people surely resonated with me

The beauty of the land matched the beauty of the Indigenous Mayan culture, which in turn matched the beauty of the products they had been crafting for hundreds of years.

This was a turning point in my life. Traveling, buying, and selling became a way of life. The experiences I gathered throughout my journey fueled my passion for exploring new places, connecting with diverse cultures, and bringing back things to share with others. It's been a remarkable journey that has become my livelihood and a true reflection of my authentic self.

(You must visit Guatemala yourself, if you have the chance, to see and understand the natural beauty of this country and the Indians who make the beautiful things that they make).

Happy Sales, Happy Trails.

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