After much promotion, IKEA arrived in Lone Tree, Colorado. The store has done very well, scores of families visit as the store which is very kid-friendly and has good quality items at reasonable prices. If you like Swedish modern furniture, this store is for you. You do feel as if you are not quite in the United States. They serve free breakfasts on Monday, have special event buffets featuring Swedish food, Swedish Folk dancing, and a few giveaways. And IKEA found itself as the theme winner of the annual Denver Post PEEPS Contest this April. Peeps are those yellow marshmallow chicks and rabbits that appear around Easter. The paper sponsors a diorama contest using Peeps. Other cities do as well. Since "I" is the letter today, I could not resist sharing the winner with you. Presenting: the IKEA living room: notice the detail, with the Peeps resting after trying to put a furniture item together, Ikea furniture, and food on the bar. The Denver skyline is seen in the window and the tiny newspaper on the bulletin board announces IKEA's arrival.
After visiting the store, your furniture at home will seem overstuffed and outdated. The childrens' department is my favorite with well-made wooden toys and lots of items for imaginary play.
Everyone all over the world knows IKEA. For an interesting look at IKEA's philosophy, check out their website, and click on "Swedishness." Topics from Sweden's neutrality, food, weather, and philosophy are all there. Meanwhile, Fike means coffee in Swedish, so have a cup of Fike and have fun with the A-Z challenge and be sure to check out Tina's blog @ http://kmdlifeisgood.blogpsot.com which is all about Sweden including Swedish lessons!