Little shop called Puoti
Hide itself on the great slope of Rautatienkatu in the center of Lahti, a little ordinary-like shop named Puoti locates. Sometimes, pedestrians hesitantly stop in front of the big glass window, anxiously look into the mannequins displayed there, and eventually feel an irresistible drive to push themselves in. Today afternoon, among those pedestrians, I, the wanderer, walked by the path where little intriguing Puoti lies.
The virtue here is not to judge any book by its covers, this little shop has more than its humble storefront to offer. Share the tiny space inside Puoti are four different brands of entrepreneurs. Among them, two deliver trends and style via clothing one chooses to indulge in flower arrangements and events, one nurtures the nostalgia for vintage, and one conveys coziness through home decors. Once walks inside, one seldom finds himself disappointed.
Through the door to the left side, the realm of Florencia flower & vintage rules. Owned by Merja Lohisalo, the brand brings back those glamorous days of the 60s and 70s. Just few more steps inside, and you are lost in the realm of interior decorations, those little things that make your house your homie. Filled the air was those warm, incandescent light of those past days.
Now, something catches the eyes where lays those pretty flower and that closet full of fresh, lively plants of Convivium, such a catchy and cheesy name for something so small, but pretty. Last but not least, the fresh breeze of those clothing stuffs reflects from Kukaneko’s and Marakattimarssi’s shelves. While one brand focuses on adult, the latter finds itself interested in children. All in all, since 3 years ago, Puoti has been the roof of four different brands.
Thinking of Puoti, one may find it packed with things that normally should not belong to one another. However, those brands owners in Puoti find themselves in such harmony in which, everything has its place in peace with others. Puoti is not a brick and mortar store, it is the masterpiece of arrangement. The refreshing experience in Puoti gives people a feeling that it is some sort of exhibition, where artifacts of young, and modern designs shine.
In Puoti, one may not find those flashy, luxurious names of the trade, one finds just plain and pure inspiration. With little talking, those four designers there arrange their time and space in such a unique yet blended together way. It is inevitable to wonder whether there should be any empathy or even telepathy among them. After all, from my wonderful afternoon, I strongly hope that, may you find yourself wandering on Rautatienkatu of Lahti, do not hesitate to look for that humble yet magnificent Puoti.