Here's what you'll find in this Himalayan hole-in-the-wall: diaphanous, opalescent, jewel-toned sari cloth cut and sewn into billowing window curtains, as well as uncut swaths of the same cloth to do with what you will. Thangkas -- elaborate hand-painted silk banners depicting deities and mandalas so mind-blowingly complex they put all those psychedelic-poster artists to shame. Smooth singing bowls, carved bone chokers and fragrant cooking masalas. Multicolored, hand-knit, fringed and hooded cardigans to keep you warm -- but looking cool -- in sub-zero temps. Boiled-wool purses, mirror tapestries and bright paper lanterns. Melissa's own line of clothes, manufactured in Nepal to American specifications and including raw-silk wrap skirts with adjustable snaps for a snug -- or not-so-snug -- fit, mirror-embellished blouses, flaming cotton skirts with satin and lace flounces, and cotton low-rider pants with tie sashes in bright golds, reds, greens and purples, with big-collared tunics to match. There are men's shirts as well, a newer addition to the merchandising mix.
For kids, there are beautiful carved wooden rocking horses, not to mention a whole play area decorated with a fanciful chalkboard Melissa created for the store; around its fringes hang stylin' little candy-colored dresses with embroidery and roses, breezy south-Asian tunic-and-pant sets, tapestry vests, orange cotton overalls with ribbon trim and snuggly hand-knit sweaters in wee sizes.
And finally, although you can't yet ride a yak at Nepali Bazaar, Dinesh does run a travel service on the side, making arrangements for everything from volunteer travel to trekking in the thin-aired land of Everest. Call 720-855-1110.