12/13/09 by Rachel Greenwald
"eight-o'clock at Ingebretsen's"
"In 1921, a young Norwegian immigrant, Charles Ingebretsen, opened a meat market, which he named The Model Market. For many years, his meat market served the predominantly Scandinavian neighborhoods near Bloomington and Lake Street.
The 1960s and 70s ushered in a new era in American life. Many changes occurred in these tumultuous decades, the most important of which was a shift in the cultural attitude towards embracing individuality and diversity. This created an atmosphere where second and third generation immigrants began to explore their ethnic heritage. One way that people chose to express their ethnicity was through consumption of traditional ethnic foods and products.
In response to this heightened interest in ethnicity, The Model Market opened a gift shop selling traditional Scandinavian crafts and clothing and changed its name to Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian center." - Minnesota Historical Society