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Abdessamad, the incense vendor
There are a number of different vendors who set up tables or stands on the Downtown Mall, and their wares include things like hats, scarves, jewelry, and even incense. I tend not to be the biggest fan of incense, but Abdessamad’s products are quite extraordinary; the incense he sells is made by members of his family, and he has been selling it on the Downtown Mall for the better part of a year now. He explained to me the process for making it, and he let me take a sniff of a few different varieties, all of which had a sort of clean, pure scent to them, not the heavy aroma that I typically think of incense as having. Abdessamad is originally from Morocco, and in addition to his incense, he sells leather goods — Morocco is known for its fine leather work — jewelry, scarves, and some other art work. Next time you’re on the Downtown Mall, you should stop by his table and check it out.
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA