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The Troll's Cove is located in scenic Waupaca, Wis.

The Troll's Cove is located in scenic Waupaca, Wis.

Nestled in the pine trees in Wisconsin, The Troll’s Cove offers a slice of Norway

Christy Olsen Field

Norwegian American Weekly

Opened in 2001, The Troll’s Cove is a cozy Scandinavian and knitting shop in Waupaca, Wis., located in scenic central Wisconsin. The region is rich with Scandinavian heritage, and The Troll’s Cove offers Scandinavian items in the store and online.

Owner Sandy Schulz had the dream of opening a Scandinavian shop for several years before opening The Troll’s Cove.

“I had thought for long time that someday, I want to do this,” she said.

The Troll's Cove offers a wide variety of gifts and items.

The Troll's Cove offers a wide variety of gifts and items.

Schulz looked around for a long time for just the right space, but nothing seemed to fit her vision of a troll’s cove. Instead, she built the perfect space on beautiful lake property right next to her home a few miles outside of town. Turning down the drive, visitors come through pine trees to discover the shop, which was built in Scandinavian style. On May 5, The Troll’s Cove will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The store is filled with Scandinavian items and gifts, ranging from jewelry, books, Norwegian pewter, Dale sweaters, linens and food items. As might be expected, The Troll’s Cove offers a wide selection of trolls and gnomes of all sizes and descriptions, from the popular Nyform trolls to Candy Design, as well as some outdoor gnomes for the garden. Schulz is dedicated to offering a wide range of Scandinavian style gifts that will appeal to any taste.

The changing seasons bring new items to the store, and Schulz finds inspiration from customers for what they want to see in the store. Once or twice a year, Schulz meets with importers to find the best items for The Troll’s Cove. If there is a special item not currently offered in the store, Schulz will place a special order for the customer.

All photos courtesy of The Troll's Cove.

All photos courtesy of The Troll's Cove.

“We are very customer-oriented. We will hunt down a special item or product for you,” said Schulz.

Over the years, the store has also evolved into a knitting shop as well, offering a great range of yarns, notions, patterns and classes for knitting projects. The store is one of the few in the U.S. to sell Rauma yarns, Strikkegarn and Finullgarn from Norway. Every Thursday, people from the community gather at The Troll’s Cove for an open knitting session.

The Troll’s Cove is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 12 – 4 p.m. Visit The Troll’s Cove at E 801 Lauritzen Lane, Waupaca, WI 54981. Call (715) 256-9930 or shop online at www.thetrollscove.com.

This article was originally published in the March 4, 2011 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. For more information about the Norwegian American Weekly or to subscribe, call us toll free (800) 305-0217 or email subscribe@norway.com.

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