Imports of India to Close its Doors

Manager Amla Mehta sees action as the beginning of a new chapter.

While Imports of India has been a fixture in Amla Mehta’s life, she sees its planned closing as the beginning of a new chapter. 

Amla’s parents Anil and Hira started the business in 1978. Since 1998, Mehta has worked full-time at the store, serving as manager for the past several years.

“It was a great ride while it lasted,” Mehta said. “I’m very humbled and renewed. It’s a very vibrant feeling to be starting over again.”

Mehta plans to pursue other interests such as writing and motivational speaking, especially about her journey with Gyrate Atrophy, a progressive, genetic eye disorder that results in vision problems and eventually blindness. Her web site http://expressingiseverything.com has much more information about her condition and positive outlook, despite being diagnosed at age 16. 

For a couple more weeks the store will be part of her life.

She plans to close Jan. 28. Remaining items will also be offered at discounted prices.

Remaining Items Include:

  • Tunics (or Kurtas) in a variety of colors ,
  • Tapestries with styles such as the tree of life, Celtic knot, OM sign or peace sign
  • Belly dancing clothing such as hip scarves and veils
  • Smaller items such as bracelets and incense
  • A display case and various clothing racks

Mehta invites people to stop in and visit.

“Stop by for some tea and see what’s left,” she said.


Imports of India — Through Jan. 28 

In Canton Village (220 Albany Turnpike behind Canton Barber Shop)Monday through Friday – 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday — 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(860) 693-4387 during business hours. 

Wyatt January 14, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Sorry to hear about this long-time fixture of Canton closing down. All the best to Mehta!
Kay Higgins January 14, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I am so sad to hear about Amia's condition, and closing the store! I only met her a couple of times, but what a wonderful person, so helpful and full of light! I hope the best for her!


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