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Let's face it -- people aren't coming here just to eat Swedish meatballs, gravlax, and open-faced shrimp sandwiches. They're fueling up on cheap, hearty grub that'll inspire hours of shopping at this mega-retailer. The cafeteria setup makes for an easy bite when you'd rather spend your time perusing the furniture.
In the Children's department.
Sure, there are places with more stuff, but in our wanderings with offspring, we've run across no place quite as pleasing to both adult and youth palates. Partially, it's the Smaland space itself, which is minimal in the classic Swedish tradition but also exploding with primary colors. Located just inside the Ikea main entrance, the playland features a craft area, a movie area, and a ginormous pit of plastic balls. That's about it. But kids -- ours, at least -- adore the extras... More »
The super-cool home decor at IKEA is so inexpensive that shopping there is almost like shopping for free. Or at least like having a perennial 50-percent-off coupon. Because where else are you going to get such a shiny lacquered bookcase for under $100? Where in the world but IKEA can anyone come away with a pine Tansu coffee table that's ultra-hip and doesn't have to be budgeted for? Okay, so all those $4 lamps and $5 wicker baskets add up, but we're okay with it, because we can smother any... More »
It's getting near closing time at Tempe's IKEA, and Kelli Quinn is inching farther away from the front entrance. Like some lonely patron in a smoky bar during last call, she's hesitant to leave. But instead of horny drunks, Quinn is surrounded by... More »
Okay, so it's a furniture store. But one of the most popular items for sale at IKEA is its two-and-a-half-pound bag of frozen Swedish meatballs, the very same meatballs that customers line up for at the store's indoor cafes around the globe. But... More »
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