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Support Local Businesses

Want to support local businesses while you are here? Looking for something artisan handmade and unique for you or as a gift for a loved one? Here is a list of places in Shkoder that are a bit off the beaten path, but we believe to be very worthwhile.

Olive Wood Store

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In this store awaits an assortment of unique items including earrings, necklaces, boxes, kitchen utensils, artwork, and cutting boards all hand carved from olive wood. Each piece has a unique look as no two pieces of wood are the same.

Gjino Mjeda

Hand loomed fabrics turned into bags, pillowcases, table clothes, aprons, dresses,artisan shkoder local businesses and travel cases, this store has a beautiful variety of patterns, colors, and charm. Gjino Mjeda has been open since 1992 but the tradition has been in their family for much longer. The proof is in the artisan product!.

Shpetim Garuci

A local artist that we would like to highlight for his interesting work with lithography. IMG 0162Lithography is “the process of printing from a flat surface treated so as to repel the ink except where it is required for printing”.  This collection portrays memorable snapshots of local life and we think they serve as a great souvenir.  Shpetim’s lithography is for sale and displayed in his shop window. Pass by when you are on the Pedonale!

Arti’ Zanave

A quaint little restaurant where you can find for sale handmade & recycled items including but not limited to jewelry, scarves, bags, and embroidered items. IMG 0018The sustainment of the restaurant as well as the creation of these many unique items is all made possible by local women in need and the proceeds of this endeavor funnels right back to them.


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Looking to buy some Albanian food products, maybe some tea, olive oil, or something else you tried and enjoyed while here? Check out this store, they stock items produced within Albania and from many different regions!

Learn more about us and Albania by visiting our blog page.