Closest IKEA

Update! Here's a break down of the closest IKEA stores to the Capital Region, with some great comments.
____
Somewhat in response to Siobhan's comment, the closest IKEA to the Capital Region is in Paramus, NJ -- not New Haven, CT as IKEA's own site will tell you. And even if the New Haven location was a little closer, the Paramus store is super easy to get to from Albany. Getting all those flat-pack boxes back... well, that's a different story.

Comments

Two things to note: The Paramus store is not open Sundays, which is ridiculous to me because that's the day I am always coming back from visits to NYC and would love to stop in IKEA.

And they seem to stock very little when compared to the other 'local' (ha!) stores. All the items I have found in the catalog or through their website never seem to be in stock at Paramus, but usually are in New Haven or the new Stoughton store. But it is a huge store... maybe they just go out of stock quicker due to droves of NYC shoppers.

I've been to both, and find the few extra miles to New Haven to be well worth the saved headaches (there one in Elizabeth, NJ as well), not to mention a trip to IKEA New Haven means a stop at On The Border in West Springfield, MA along the way.

I prefer the Philadelphia store, if for no other reason than because their giant cafe windows have the spectacular view of the rusting hulk of the once mighty SS United States to admire while sipping a lingonberry soda:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_United_States

While munching on a tasty almond torte you can ponder how our ancestors made their journeys to America by sea, and how much of an adventure that must have seemed (my mom came over on a Cunard ship from Liverpool.) And oh yeah, while there you can buy nifty housewares for cheaper than Wal Mart, like the French coffee and tea press I picked up last week for $13, or the two for $12 accent lamps. And the closet and laundry organizers that have been sitting in a heap in the corner since I got back. I've been promising myself to get organized! No, really!

Still, Siobhan is right, I really wish we didn't have to go so far, if they could even put a smaller store, it doesn't have to be mega huge, maybe a "best-of" concept.

I don't know anything about Paramus, but I've been to the New Haven store many times and don't find it a hassle at all (aside from the long drive). It's right off I-91.

I remember when I heard they were building an IKEA in Red Hook, and I thought, "This is going to be great! That's only an hour south of here!" Of course, by "Red Hook" they meant "somewhere in Brooklyn" and not the town north of Rhinebeck. Boy, was my face red!

Thanks, guys. Now I know the closest locations to get the Danish modern furniture I very much want. Who's up for a road trip???

Forget shopping in *all* of Paramus on Sundays, and much of Bergen County, too. Blue laws. Been that way forever.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paramus#Commerce

LQ

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (early week snow dump),... (more)

This week was brought to you by

This week was brought to you by mittens, ice skates, hot cocoa and donuts. It was also brought to you by AOA advertisers like the... (more)

A quick recap of the week

Here are a few highlights from the past short week on AOA: + Daniel and the Best Dozen made a stop at the Schuyler Bakery.... (more)

Today's moment of winter

The Hudson River at Troy.... (more)

Downtown Albany, before and after

Check out these before-and-after aerial photos of Northeast cities posted by an academic institute at the University of Oklahoma. Albany is among the cities featured... (more)

Recent Comments

[A]nother factor that allows some politicians to slide into corrupt practices is the overriding notion that if they hadn't chosen to become "public servants" that they'd be making mega bucks on the corporate world. Which maybe they would. But it seems to give them license (in their own minds) to exploit any ethical grey area to make up for that loss of income.

timesunionPLUS

...has 9 comments, most recently from Rob

The Love Story Masquerade

...has 4 comments, most recently from LB

The Best Dozen: Schuyler Bakery

...has 5 comments, most recently from kevin

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from grandmastergus

Morning Blend for Jan 23

...has 1 comment, most recently from Sean