Two decades ago, Shawn Hutchens opened Green Fields, a smoke shop and bohemian boutique with imported items from around the world, at 1800 N. Farwell Ave. In 2011, he opened a second shop at 1239 N. Brady St.
The original Green Fields closed a few years later, and sadly, the Brady Street location closed this weekend. According to a Facebook post, Hutchens moved to Western North Carolina five years ago and decided to sell the buildings in Milwaukee. Recently, he invested in a new company, JustOne Organics.
Green Fields was one of Milwaukee's last "New Age / hippie shops" featuring crystals, batiks, Buddha statues, incense, instruments, sweaters, hats, bags, carved masks, posters, semi-precious stones / silver jewelry, picture frames, organic journals, soaps, bath salts, mobiles and more.
The majority of the items in the shop came from Indonesia, Katmandu, Thailand, Bali and India, but there were a few locally-made products, too.
"We deal with more than 150 small businesses and shop owners. We work closely with the people. In most of the places we buy, we see the people making the handicrafts," said Hutchens in a 2011 OnMilwaukee article.
Hutchens started out as a parking lot vendor at Grateful Dead shows in the '80s and '90s and later opened two Green Fields boutiques in Indiana and two in Milwaukee, as well as Riverwest Pizza.
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