A Message From The Founder Of The Scandinavian Gift Shop In Fort Myers, Fl
Yvonne and I created our brick and mortar store, “A Swedish Affair, Inc.,” a Scandinavian gift shop in Fort Myers, FL, in 1984. Recently married in Sweden that summer, we traveled throughout Sweden to find unique and traditional handcraft for the store and opened in Royal Palm Square in November of that year. In the beginning, we featured mainly wood handcraft and a selection of crystal from Kosta Boda. Over the next few decades (we’ve been serving the Scandinavian community for about 35 years), we expanded to include more crystal (Orrefors), Danish paper cuts, books, jewelry, Christmas items (lots of “tomtar”) and a wide selection of Scandinavian food. In the 1990s, we added our website to showcase our products and sell worldwide.
Yvonne is Swedish, born in Danderyd, Sweden and educated in Stockholm. Most of her family still lives in Sweden. We too lived in Sweden in Dalarna for about fifteen years as summer residents. Over the years, we’ve used Yvonne’s knowledge of Sweden and Swedish and her family connections to establish contact with many Scandinavian artists and craftspeople.
I’m a former school teacher from Indiana who came to Florida in 1969. Shortly after arrival, I met a group of Swedes who worked at a local Swedish company, Munters Corporation (environmental products). It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship and a connection to Scandinavia for me. I eventually traveled to Sweden in 1981 and shortly after that met my wife. Together, we’ve collaborated to create what we think is a unique selection of Scandinavian gifts and food.
If you visit our shop here in Fort Myers, you’ll find us in Royal Palm Square on Colonial Boulevard. In addition to our selection of Scandinavian items, you’ll also find a nice selection of cards, Woodstock chimes, and Solmate socks. We’re open 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
Find out more about how our store was founded. Call (239) 275-8004