It probably says something about how I’m getting older and more domesticated that I’m actually excited to learn about plans to open a new IKEA store in my city. News of this broke back in March, but I didn’t hear about it until it was mentioned on the news this morning in relation to a story about how the founder of the IKEA chain has surpassed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world.
Anyway, I have to admit that I don’t know why I’m so fascinated with the IKEA chain as I’ve never actually been to one. I’ve read about them here and there over the years, though, and in every state that has one it seems to draw customers from all over to shop there so that suggests it’s worth the trip. Looking at their website you can see that the style of furnishings they offer is rather simple and strike me as being somewhat like what visionaries in the 50’s thought the home of the future would look like. A kind of retro-modern look I suppose you could call it. I can’t explain why, but this style really appeals to me and every time I go to the website I find myself sitting there digging through stuff and going ‘Oooooooo! That’s nice!’
So I’m all geeked this morning to find out that IKEA is coming to Michigan and will be setting up shop not two miles from where I live. Though by the time the store opens in 2006 I may actually be in a different place, I’m hoping it’ll be a house here in Canton. Amazing how such a silly thing can get you all wound up.
Update: OK, maybe we won’t be getting an IKEA anytime soon. According to Minx (aka Buzzkill Jones) word has it this isn’t official yet, but just a possibility. So I’m not as excited as I was. Dammit.