With a successful Magento 2 migration under their belt and a 100th anniversary just around the corner, Ingebretsen's Marketplace has reason to be joyful.
The muffled sound of a bell cling-clings outside as a streetcar putters up East Lake Street. A young butcher peers from his shop window at the tram, where it deposits passengers bundled in hats and long coats before continuing its journey towards the Mississippi. The soft December snowfall frosts the street like a tasty Christmas kransekake, and suddenly the young man is overcome with nostalgia for his home country and memories of holiday celebrations with his family. The familiar smell of lye-bathed whitefish circulates the room, further reminding him of meals shared in his native land. A customer strides in, and the butcher quickly snaps out of his trance. Wrapping up the patron’s order, the young man’s wistful mood evaporates, and he’s suddenly filled with pride as he reels his thoughts back to his new shop and the stunning “Model Market” freshly painted on the storefront in a bold, upper-case font. In that moment, Charles Ingebretsen recognized just how much he had to be thankful for: his new shop, his Scandinavian community, his favorite time of year in full swing, and—of course—his newborn boy at home, Charles “Hoot,” Jr.