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November 04, 2007


Photo of the Ohio Ikea under construction. Photo courtesy of the Ohikea blog. Thanks!

It is good to have a dream. Some dream of catching the perfect wave. Others of seeing the perfect sunset. Jen Segrest dreamed of Ikea. Segrest is a graphic designer in the Cincinnati region of Ohio, and a self-described IKEA fanatic, who year in and year out lamented the fact that nowhere in her home state could she find the big blue store with the unpronounceable furniture. "Oh cruel fates of geography and retail distributions7quot; she seemed to say through OHIKEA!, her blog devoted to the subject, "how could you mock the people of Ohio so?"

And then, one glorious day in Spring 2006, word came from on high... Ohio would be getting their own Ikea! Since then Segrest has been gleefully keeping OHIKEA up to date with minutia of the great store's creation and pending grand opening.

The blog is well worth a look, if for no other reason it's always a good moment to see someone get their wish. As a Red Sox fan, I know exactly how she feels.

P.S. Ya gotta love the subtitle of her blog: "We got one, suck it Indiana!"


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 4, 2007 12:23 PM


IKEA is on my sh*t list right now. I spent $800 on furniture on Friday, got home, and found pieces and instructions missing. I spent 40 minutes and made six different calls trying to get someone to answer a phone, but I kept getting stuck in their revolving voice jail system. Then, the email I sent to the address listed on their customer service page bounced.

Perhaps Jen Segrest should've hoped for something a little more substantial, like world peace or a Target store.

Posted by: Augie at November 4, 2007 08:56 PM

(with sincerest apologies to Bernstein & Sondheim)

The most wonderful store I ever seed:
Ikea, Ikea, Ikea, Ikea...
All the furniture in the world you'd ever need...
Ikea, Ikea, Ikea, Ikea...
I just built a shelf from Ikea!
And all the books I've got
Are sitting in one spot
At last!
I've filled my whole house with Ikea!
The boxes were so flat;
They set up just like that,
So fast!
If you're near one then go tomorrow
They've got roof-racks they'll let you borrow,
'Cause they won't deliver
The most beautiful store I ever seed.

Posted by: G. L. Dryfoos at November 5, 2007 02:28 PM

hi, dropping by to say your blog is really interesting. Got me searching through your archives too for interesting tidbits of info. Keep it up.

Posted by: starsapphire at November 6, 2007 01:59 AM

thanks for the good words!

(and we do have Target, but man cannot live by Target alone!)

Posted by: jen @ ohikea at November 12, 2007 11:36 PM