It's been there for years--tucked inside the American Swedish Institute's historic Turnblad Mansion on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The ASI Museum Shop catered to its members, with traditional Swedish gifts, books, and traditions and a huge selection of ornaments at holiday time. But no one else knew about it--or more importantly, thought to shop there. That's about to change with the institute's expansion. The stunning new Nelson Cultural Center, which connects to the 1929 mansion, is a modern space designed primarily for events. But the Museum Store moved over to the new building and is now front and center by the entrance. It's ok to stop by just to shop--they actually encourage that. There's also a cafe, Fika, to round out your trip. The store has expanded its offerings considerably to celebrate modern Scandinavian design, with a few sacred nods to the past, like Dala horses. As ASI hopes to become a destination for weddings, the store is stepping up its housewares and adding a registry. They've also gone out o their way to find lines not available elsewhere in town. One of the hottest items this summer: Glimmis. These cute reflectors dangle from most backpacks throughout Sweden...and, soon, the Twin Cities. They're $6 each, available in 30 designs and way cooler than Silly Bands. [caption id="attachment_3500" align="aligncenter" width="192" caption="Glimmis - Collectible reflectors, now available at the ASI Museum Shop"]
[/caption] Stop by this Saturday, June 30 for the grand opening of the Nelson Cultural Center, from 11 to 9 p.m. There will be music, food, crafts for the kids...and, of course, shopping.