The Uff Da Shoppe
In the small town of Stanwood, located in northwest Washington between Seattle and the Canadian border, one can find an overwhelming Scandinavian presence. Aside from the Sons of Norway hall and street names like Lindstrom and Jensen, there are a number of quirkier indications of its early settlers’ roots. One of the more obvious signs on the way through town is that of Viking Village, an old shopping plaza between the highway and Viking Way. One of the stores in Viking Village is of course the Uff Da Shoppe.
Next to the Uff Da Shoppe is the Viking Restaurant, with its back-room lounge the Fjord Room, but that’s another post entirely…
Inside the Uff Da Shoppe is a plethora of Scandinavian souvenirs.
The term uff da is Norwegian in origin, and, like many slang words, has a variety of uses. In America it’s used as an expression of surprise, exhaustion, or relief, and its the only Norwegian word American Vikings know. One might come home after a long day of work, plop down on the couch, and say “uff da!” In Norway it’s usually used as a response to something mildly bad happening. You might open the refrigerator and say, “Uff da! We’re out of beer!”
Around Christmastime, there’s plenty of Jul stuff to buy.
Just in case you need a Norwegian flag on a stick, here’s fifty for four bucks.
The Uff Da Shoppe is definitely the place to go for everything Scandinavian. Most of the stuff is pretty good quality too.
Good thing I’m only 1/4 Norwegian, or I might have to eat lutefisk They serve lutefisk at the Sons of Norway hall sometimes.
Maybe you want a tacky coffee mug? The Uff Da Shoppe has you covered.
I’m not sure what’s in Uff Da hot sauce but if it was invented by the same guys who invented lutefisk it can’t be good.
Troll Turds don’t sound very appetizing either.
A small velkommen sign is common enough, but in the 90s there was a big “Velkommen til Stanwood” sign at the edge of town. That’s how much Norwegian influence there is.
I know some guys who need this sign for sure.
Sandi Lindbeck owns and operates the Uff Da Shoppe and she makes sure to fresh, locally baked lefse available on Fridays and Saturdays! Her father, Harry Lindbeck was a famous accordion player and entrepreneur and her grandfather was Norwegian immigrant Alf Lindbeck. There’s no denying her authenticity and place in Stanwood’s history!
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