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.