We'd been in Luang Prabang when we finally wanted to see what was across the bamboo bridge over the Nam Khan. We saw a small sign for this shop on the city side, and knew nothing else about the place.
We walked across on a rainy afternoon, and were so glad we did!
The owners were inside working on various jewelry pieces for the shop, and invited us to look around, try on whatever we wanted, and otherwise make ourselves at home.
Of course my craft-loving fiance was loving all the varieties of local beadwork, and she spent what seemed like hours on the computer with the owner looking at different art projects like old friends.
The store has a variety of jewelry in different local styles, as well as some other handicrafts made right there in the shop or in the local villages. They said they liked the place to feel like home to their customers, and they are succeeding very well on that front.
They have plans to add onto the store, and by the time we get back there in high season, the place should feel even more welcoming!
There are tons of trinket shops around Southeast Asia, but this one was somehow different to me. Perhaps it was the way the owners treated us, or the completely one-off local handicrafts, but it was worth crossing that bridge on a rainy day to experience!
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