What to Give Those Grads & Dads

Now is the time for graduation ceremonies (and those fun parties) as well as Father’s Day on June 18th—and if your brain is like mine, you know these are definite gift-giving occasions—so time to get shopping! Thank heavens you don’t have to go far since perfect presents can be discovered along practically every block in downtown Solvang! There are more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here). All within easy strolling distance, here’s some ideas to get your gift list handled! Since 1946, Rasmussen’s has featured imports from Europe and Scandinavia—it’s like a general store with so much more!

Check out The Copenhagen House with numerous retail boutiques featuring some of the best contemporary Danish designer brands including Bering (love those watches), Holme Gaard, Louis Poulsen, Rosendahl and Stelton.  How about First Street Leather for luxe wallets, purses, jackets and more. No matter who is on your list, I’ll bet you’ll find The Book Loft is a readers and writers paradise with new and used books, puzzles and games.  Want something one-of-a-kind? How about B.Living offering vintage and modern collections? For ALL your options, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Shopping for Grads & Dads

ShopSmall logoNow is the time for graduation ceremonies and parties as well as Father’s Day on June 19th—and if your mind is like mine, it’s turned to gift giving—which in turn, means it’s time to shop! Thank goodness you can find those perfect presents in Solvang at more than 100 small, independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here).

The Copenhagen House entrance in SolvangAll within easy strolling distance, here’s some ideas to get your gift list checked off! Your first stop could be The Copenhagen House with numerous retail boutiques featuring some of the best contemporary Danish designer brands including Bering, Holme Gaard, Louis Poulsen, Rosendahl and Stelton   How about First Street Leather for luxe wallets, purses, jackets and more  Since 1946, Rasmussen’s has featured imports from Europe and Scandinavia—it’s like a general store with so much more!  Even if you don’t know the exact size, slide into the Solvang Shoe Store and treat your special someone with a gift certificate for one of their amazing selections of sandals, shoes & clogs.   No matter who is on your list, I’ll bet you’ll find The Book Loft is a readers and writers paradise with new and used books, puzzles and games.  For ALL the options, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/shopping/

Your Last Minute Gift Guide

Solvang, CaliforniaYou know that Christmas is only 3 days away! I’m not attempting to add to your holiday stress—just a reminder that Solvang has more than 150 independent and family-owned boutiques (chain stores are virtually non-existent here) where you can discover that gift you never thought you’d find! Here’s some ideas . . . Every day is Christmas at Jule Hus (with a wide-selection of Old-European Christmas and blown-glass ornaments. Rasmussen’s is one-stop shopping for all things Scandinavian from Royal Copenhagen porcelain as well as incredible varieties of kitchen items, house wares and decorations. Nathalie’s Doll House offers specialty dolls, houses, furniture and unique selections of toys for girls and boys.

ShopSmall logoFind the giant red clog outside Solvang Shoe Store and step inside for a variety of high-quality footwear and modern-day clogs. At the impressive Z Folio Gallery be dazzled with Czech art glass, handmade designer jewelry, innovative decor and giclée nature photography along with designer trunk shows and exhibitions. Solvang Antiques is a premier collective featuring restored clocks, music boxes, estate jewelry, American and European furniture, silver, lighting and glass. Judith Hale Gallery (within Solvang Antiques) offers paintings, prints, sculpture and other mediums for discerning collectors. Gerda’s Iron Art Gift Shop is filled to the rafters with Scandinavian arts, crafts, jewelry and more. A readers’ favorite for over forty years, The Book Loft specializes in Scandinavian, antiquarian and children’s books, as well as local interests and California history. The Copenhagen House is where modern Denmark wares, jewels and watches await your discovery!What’s on your shopping list? Fulfill it here! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/shopping/

Experience The Copenhagen House–Now Open!

The Copenhagen House entrance in SolvangHave you seen the transformation of the historic bank building at the corner of Copenhagen Drive and First Street? Open just a month after an extensive re-imagining and remodeling, you’ve got to go experience The Copenhagen House. Inside, you’ll discover retail boutiques featuring some of the best contemporary Danish designer brands including Bering, Holme Gaard, LEGO, Louis Poulsen, Ole Henriksen, Rosendahl and Stelton for your shopping pleasure. Plus, there are two unique attractions with free admission— the Great Hall of The Danes with a Viking exhibit showcasing a six-foot tall Danish Viking and historical displays and the Solvang Amber Museum in the original bank vault exhibiting amber from around the world as well as beautiful jewelry for sale in the adjacent House of Amber. The Copenhagen House also has a community meeting room named Dania Hall for intimate events and receptions.
Holger Danske cropThe main lobby features the impressive 10-foot high cedar wood-carved statue of Holger Danske, the mythical Danish folk hero (who according to legend will wake up if the Kingdom of Denmark is ever threatened by a foreign enemy). Open daily from 11:00 a.m,  don’t miss this wonderful new experience in downtown Solvang at 1660 Copenhagen Drive or visit online at www.TheCopenhagenHouse.com