Ingebretsen's, 1601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Ingebretsen’s: From Model Market to Ethnic Institution

The story of the Ingebretsen family’s store on Lake Street reflects the larger changes that have occurred in American consumer culture throughout the twentieth century. As a result of its willingness to adapt to the changing desires of consumers, Ingebretsen’s has become a symbol of the enduring cultural legacy of Scandinavian Americans in the Twin Cities.

Immigrant Entrepreneur 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. As the economy changed, chain stores developed as competition for small neighborhood proprietors. The Model Market was forced to rely on its shared ethnic bonds and neighborhood involvement in order to survive.

Rediscovering Roots

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. In conjunction with the increased Scandinavian presence in the store, Ingebretsen’s began to offer classes on topics ranging from Norwegian needlepoint to Scandinavian cooking.

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I think that no matter how long ago a person’s ancestors immigrated to the United States they will always be curious, and have a desire to learn about where they came from. Here at our store we try to provide people with the tools to learn about and express their Scandinavian heritage.
Julie Ingebretsen, granddaughter of the founder and current store manager

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