From Sweden, With Love
Yes, yes — I am beyond late to the Ikea party. But now I can proudly say I took my expectations (being overwhelmed, finding a stark warehouse setting, and tasting Swedish meatballs) to the nearest location of the Swedish-founded company. Around since 1943 and in America since the 1970s, Ikea is perhaps best known for designing and selling furniture you build yourself. Well, nearly three hours on-site found me learning much, much more — at times dazzled, at others disappointed. Read on for details of my first visit to home goods retailer extraordinaire Ikea— what I saw, bought, and ate (spoiler alert: no Swedish meatballs).