About Your Source for Swedish Gifts
In 1984, a pair of newlyweds traveled throughout Sweden searching for unique and traditional handcrafts for a store they planned to open in Fort Myers, FL, in the fall of that year. Their brick and mortar store “A Swedish Affair, Inc.,” opened in November in Royal Palm Square featuring Swedish gifts of the highest quality, including wood handicrafts and crystal from Kosta Boda.
Over the years they expanded the store to include Orrefors crystal, Danish paper cuts, books, jewelry, Christmas items (lots of “tomtar”) and a wide variety of Scandinavian food. A website was added in the 1990s to showcase and sell products worldwide.
A Strong Connection to Sweden
The owners’ connection to Sweden is a strong one, as co-owner Yvonne was born in Danderyd and educated in Stockholm and most of her family still lives there. The owners spent summers in Dalarna, Sweden, for about 15 years. They have used Yvonne’s knowledge of her homeland and her family connections to create connections with many Scandinavian artists and craftspeople, and that’s how they can offer many unique gift ideas such as electric candoliers.
Yvonne’s husband is a former Indiana schoolteacher who moved to Florida in 1969 and befriended a group of Swedes who were working in the area at Munters, a local Swedish company. He made fast friends with these executives and engineers and developed a strong affinity for Sweden. After traveling there in 1981, he met Yvonne and together they’ve created a unique selection of Scandinavian gifts they are very proud to offer.
Their physical store still operates in Royal Palm Square on Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. Not only will you find Scandinavian crafts, but you will also find many cards, Woodstock chimes, and Solmate socks. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Contact us to learn more about our products or to place an order. We proudly serve customers in Fort Myers, FL, and around the world.