Luhta Factory Store: Clothes with factory prices
Luhta is a Finnish clothing brand that has a selection of clothes for both women and men, and a home collection. The clothes are made -- or used to be made -- in Lahti and Luhta has a factory store in the area.
The store is located a couple kilometers from the Lahti downtown, and the best way to get there is to take a car. Taxi is also an alternative, but that may eat the bargains -- unless you buy a lot.
The clothes are fashionable and of good quality. Luhta is not, however, a designer shop, so do not expect haute couture or anything similar.
Pentik: Finnish design
Pentik is one of the less known Finnish design houses. Their products are not shown in Wallpaper, but they are still part of Finnish heritage. Maybe the reason for exclusion is the rustic focus. Most of their items looks good on Finnish summer cottages.
They have a largish store on the basement level in shopping center Trio in downtown Lahti that stocks the full selection: tableware, bedclothes and other interior design paraphelia.
Trio: Large shopping mall
Trio is a shopping mall located on Aleksanterinkatu in Lahti downtown. The shops are spread into four (albeit the name implies three) separate buildings that are joined together on the basement level and with tubes on the second floor.
The shops are mostly part of middle level chains, so no extra fancy items are to be found here. Nevertheless, the mere size of the centre makes it fun to browse through.
The basement level hosts several cafés, sandwich bars and restaurants, and McDonald's is found on the ground floor.
Propuu: Everything from wood
Lahti is known as a city of carpenters, and their organisation, Pro Puu ry, has established nice offices, a gallery, shop and workspaces near Sibelius Hall next to the lake.
The gallery hosts monthly exhibitions and theme varies quite a lot, but it is always related to wood in some manner.
The shop sells Finnish wood craft, and the staff is always ready to answer your questions about various items. There are also a few carpenters working on the workshops in the back of the house, and they may can give more thorough explanations about certain techniques or crafts.
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Info: The smaller bookstore
Info is the second biggest, or the smallest, bookstore in Lahti downtown, located conveniently next to Sokos department store on Aleksanterinkatu.
Info is a chain of bookstores, usually found in smaller towns than the other chains Suomalainen and Akateeminen. This, however, does not tell the quality of the stores, and in Infos one can make real finds and get more dedicated service.
The store in Lahti has full selection of a Finnish bookstore crammed in a quite small space.
Suomalainen Kirjakauppa: The bigger bookstore
Suomalainen Kirjakauppa is the bigger of the two bookstores in downtown Lahti. The selection, as one can guess, tilted heavily towards Finnish literature, but there is a selection of English books available, too.
They have a good selection of newspapers and magazines, and maps can be found there, too.
The staff is friendly and they can order stuff for you from other stores in the chain, but that takes a few days -- so be prepaper to hang out in the region.
Sokos: The best department store
Sokos is the best (and the only really worth mentioning) department store in Lahti. Located on the prime spot on Aleksanterinkatu, shock middle in the city, Sokos caters for all aspects of life.
The first floor has accessories and a miniscule bookstore with largish magazine department. The second and the third floor focus on fashion and life in general.
The basement has a big grocery store that is convenient to replenish your hotel room reserves. The ground floor hosts also a café, Presso, and Hesburger, the local McDonald's clone.