A HUGE FORMER SOVIET SEWING FACTORY, ‘FABRIKA,’ LOCATED AT #8 E. NINOSHVILI STREET, IS A VIBRANT AND INSPIRING BUILDING THAT HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO AN ALTERNATIVE CREATIVE SPACE, WITHOUT LOSING ITS SOVIET SOUL, HARMONICALLY BLENDING WITH THE MODERN ELEMENTS. FABRIKA HAS A MASSIVE YARD WHERE YOU CAN FIND VARIOUS ART SPACES, CAFES AND MORE, BUT IN THIS ISSUE WE WOULD LIKE ONLY TO FOCUS ON THREE CONCEPT SHOPS, BECAUSE EACH HAS SOMETHING INTERESTING TO OFFER VISITORS.
The inspiration for its name comes from a black dog, but that’s a totally different story… The Black Dog Shop is run by renowned graphic designer Manana Arabuli and a former violin-player and philologist Tamriko Kvachadze. Both ladies found common interests and succeeded in creating a cozy, modern and artistic space where one can find a truly unique selection of books: Georgian literature translated into different foreign languages, posters and postcards – everything which can grab your attention with a refi ned and aesthetic design. The Black Dog Shop is not only an ordinary bookstore; it is also a kind of small advertising agency, bringing together people of different creative professions, mostly focused on book design, font creating, branding, identity and print design. In addition, this space is open to creative initiatives, houses different activities, artistic meetings and also provides space for emerging talented artists – giving them a brilliant chance to popularize their artwork. While visiting Fabrika, don’t miss a visit to the Black Dog Shop where you will be welcomed by hospitable hosts to make a fascinating journey into the world of books and come away with something remarkable.
Photo: Ana Boko