Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis Embraces Last-Minute Holiday Rush

December 23, 2017 08:45 PM

For decades, Ingebretsen's in Minneapolis has been a fixture for families shopping for specialty foods and gifts right before the Holidays.

Established in 1921, the Lake Street gift shop and deli has been surrounded by a whole lot of change. The beloved recipes and the annual holiday rush, however, remains the same.


"It's almost like we forgot to leave," said Co-owner Julie Ingebretsen, with a laugh. "It's really fun to be a part of. Everybody's having a good time and doesn't mind waiting, most of the time."'

From lutefisk to smoked salmon and cheeses, Ingebretsen's has a huge selection for customers willing to wait. The Swedish sausage and Swedish meatballs, however, are the biggest sellers.

"We sell a thousand pounds a day of each one of them," Co-owner Steve Dahl said. "That keeps three guys busy, all they do all day is make meatballs and Swedish sausage."

Customers have grown accustomed to lines that stretch all the way around the block. Debbie Pearson was pleasantly surprised to be able to walk right in Saturday morning.

"I think it's just tradition," Pearson said. "Also, they have some excellent recipes."


Tyler Berg

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