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Olsen's Scandinavian Foods

By June 27, 2009

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There's sad news from Ballard, Washington it looks like Olsen's Scandinavian Foods, one of the nation's finest Scandinavian shops, will definitely be closing in July.

Olsen's has been an institution in Ballard since 1960, when it first opened as B.D. & D. Ultimately purchased and beautifully merchandised and operated by two Norwegian sisters, Anita and Reidun Endresen, it's a fabulous source for specialty Scandinavian foods, for cookware, and for cookbooks. Now I'm going to have to find a new source for freshly made rollepolse (lamb roll), "Kalles" caviar paste, and authentic Julskinke (Christmas ham). Uff da.

Olsen's is now selling its in-store stock at 25% off; orders from its web business will be honored.


July 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm
(1) Vanja Holm says:

Looking for Gravlax in Ballard. Let us know if you have any luck. Too bad Olsen’s is closing.

July 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(2) Kari Diehl says:

Hi, Vanja. You can still find gravlax in Ballard at Scandinavian Specialties – they also have a great cafe / deli. To view their product line or order online, check out: Scandinavian Specialities. They aren’t open on Sundays, unfortunately (the day I’m most likely to be in Seattle).

December 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm
(3) Randi McKinnon says:

Hi, I’m sooo sad Olsen’s are closing. I have been a customer of theirs fo nearly 13 yrs. They had everything I ever needed from the ‘old country’ and it made me less home sick when I could ‘cozy’ with the products.
Thank you for your good service once again, Olsen’s!!
Kind regards, Randi McKinnon, Eugene,OR

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