Gift Chalet cheers up homesick Viking-Americans with an array of home, kitchen, and clothing products that stir memories of the homeland's snowy winters, hammer-wielding thunder gods, and majestic fjords. Honor the ancestors with a knit hat flying the Norwegian flag ($8.50) or a T-shirt proclaiming one's hatred of lutefisk ($18). The best-selling almond cake pan and recipe gives Danish dessert fans all the tools they need to bake a traditional treat and present it as a housewarming gift to the next home they pillage ($10). Otherwise, add a sense of fun to a gray cubicle with a Finns Have More Steam mousepad ($5) or ward off cowardly ballpoint-pen thieves with a Lommedalen troll Viking figurine brandishing a Swedish shield ($40). Gift Chalet also supplies all the necessary Christmas accouterments for an Ultima Thule–themed Yuletide, including Lucia candleholders ($40) and accessories. Fans of international footwear can apply their Groupon toward a pair of Dansko clogs ($110-$120).
Fresh, colorful fruits and vegetables fill the shelves of Weepin Willies, a local market that stocks produce and meats at two locations. Shoppers can find high quality cuts of beef, chicken, and pork, or opt for Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and prepared soups, salads, and sandwiches from the deli.
Staff members at Performance Nutrition fuse their training in nutrition and fitness with a broad knowledge of the science of protein powders, multivitamins, and nutritional oils. After listening to clients explain their fitness goals, staff members flip through the encyclopedia in their skulls to pick out products—gluten-free supplements, herbal remedies, workout-recovery bars, and more—that match individual needs.
Since 1927, Zonin’s Gourmet Market has crafted hearty Italian sausage from a family recipe and surrounded it with a robust menu of bold-flavored paninis, wraps, and salads. The Zonin's special transforms the signature sausage's taste-bud aria into a flavor opera with peppers, onions, sauce or cheese, and an epic death scene ($6). Otherwise, fulfill equally red-meaty desires with the roast-beef wrap's zesty blend of asiago cheese and horseradish ($7.50), or the Aquino panini, a cold press of mortadella and salami highlighted by roasted red peppers ($7.50). For a slightly lighter repast, treat pocket-sized pet rabbits to the Mauro’s special salad, which showcases candied walnuts, pears, and gorgonzola on mixed greens ($7.95). Zonin’s Gourmet Market also hooks up patrons with an assortment of prepared dishes, such as lasagna, fresh calamari salad, and stuffed shells.