Posted By RichC on March 13, 2008
A few months ago mention the name Ikea would have meant very little to me. After an Ikea Store grand opening in my area today (North of Cincinnati), it is difficult to ‘not’ know about this Swedish company. For those of you living under the same rock I must have been under, this is very large European contemporary furniture store has a cult following. Shoppers in my area camped out just to be one of the first to get in the doors during the grand opening on March 12th.
The products found in this store are “ready-to-assemble” furniture which according to some can’t be found anywhere else. It requires some DIY skills to put together the furniture and a load your own cart, check yourself out and load your own vehicle. The model store offers tons of ideas and decorating tips with about everything needed to set up an apartment or phone.
Ikea was started in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad and got its name from the founder’s initials (I.K.) plus the first letters of Elmtaryd and Agunnaryd, the Swedish farm and village where he grew up, according to the company’s Web site.