Indigena, the eclectic gift shop at 42 South St., abruptly closed a few months ago, with inventory sit-ting on the shelves and stacks of mail piling up inside the front door. Now a March 1 reopening is in the works, complete with “an influx of new inventory,” according to co-owner Vincent Bono.
Bono said the temporary shutdown came when co-owner Seja Esancy experienced health problems that are now cleared up. The “horrible state of retail” in the weakened economy and his own work on another business left him unable to staff the store in the meantime, Bono said.
The shop’s state of suspended animation left many locals curious about what was going on, including Randace Moore, director of JP Centre/South Main Streets. As of last week, the shop’s phone was disconnected and its web site was dead.
Bono and Esancy, a Roslindale couple, took over the 25-year-old business in 2007, continuing its tradi-tion of offering unusual arts and crafts items from around the world.