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Daily Inspiration: Meet Mindy Kittay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mindy Kittay.

Hi Mindy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I have had many careers but through them all, I always made jewelry. That was my creative outlet and also my form of meditation. It is where I could go and get in the flow. During Covid, I had the opportunity to open a small shop in Joshua Tree California (December 2020). I jumped on it. But the space looked too empty for me with just jewelry and I remembered the beautiful clothing that I purchased in Bali. I was able to contact the owner/designer of the company and we worked out a deal where I could modify the designs and put my label on them.

So I started importing clothes from Bali. And then, I expanded my offerings to local artists and other designers that gave back to their communities paid fair wages and offered beautiful, well-made and unique items. Eventually, I decided to move back to Boulder, Colorado, open Kama Connection here and work with my daughter, Shira. Working with my daughter is such a blessing and a joy.

Kama Connection was founded on a very personal premise… believe in yourself, help others, do good, be kind and spread joy.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I have had many a challenge in my life and I have found that if I remain focused on my goals and my “Why”, I am able to succeed. When I originally opened in Joshua Tree, I was on the “wrong” side of the highway. Shoppers literally had to risk their lives crossing a busy highway to get to my store and I was the only one on the block… There was no incentive. So I partnered with a creative couple who has their own business creating amazing skincare products (Xeba Botanica), and put together “The Mercado” which was an outdoor market on the weekends for local artists, crafters and creators. We usually had over 20 vendors in my parking lot and this brought many shoppers to my store. This is just one example of working with the community and friends to create a win/win opportunity for everyone.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am passionate about making jewelry and I mainly focus on Malas. It is a deep meditative process for me to make a mala and I put a lot of my energy into them. Designing and finding the perfect stones, beads, pendants, metals, and tassels is a wonderful part of the creative process as well.

I have also been working on designs for the Bali Clothing and find that to be quite rewarding. A favorite part of my day is when a woman tries one of our dresses on and comes out of the dressing room transformed, a huge smile on her face, feeling so beautiful and happy. This happens all the time, and it is so gratifying to be a small part of making a woman feel beautiful, sexy, and happy. I also love the fact that every time I sell something, I know that the money is helping improve lives and communities by supporting artists, creatives and non-profits.

How do you think about luck?
I was a Library Director before opening Kama Connection. Having a store like this was really never on my radar but I was so lost during Covid and felt like maybe the best part of life was over for me. Then the opportunity of a space in Joshua Tree came to me. And I just did it. I didn’t spend too much time thinking about everything that could go wrong but focused on my “Why” and how I could make Kama a part of the community. During Covid, I offered the outdoor (Mercado) artists market and a couple of times a month had free concerts outside in the back of the store. I also determined what non-profits I wanted to support and began to provide funds to them.

One of the non-profits is a small school high up in the Himalayas of Nepal. I heard about them through my connections with Rotary from when I was a Librarian. Now the Principle of the school sends me amazing Yaks Wool Cashmere products, jewelry, leather and other art items from Nepal to sell in the store.

Also, I have had such wonderful employees through libraries, some with phenomenal skills in technology and marketing. These people, who have become friends, have helped me to make Kama run and look amazing.

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Image Credits
Presley Ann Photography (the first 5 – not in studio) Chris DeCicco (rest – in studio photos)

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