Thursday, May 21, 2009

No shoppin' around

There aren't that many Elvis stores around, not in Sweden anyway, so I was a bit disappointed a few days ago when I walked by one and it was closed.

This particular store is located in Karlstad, a town I sometimes visit in my work. A couple of collegues there, knowing I’m an Elvis fan, have recommended a visit, so on my way back to the train station I found it, having asked for directions.

As you can see by the photograph, it isn't a big place. I actually missed it the first time around, and had to back track my steps before I found it.

But, this being a Tuesday, it wasn’t open for business. "Open
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday and Saturday," the sign on the door said. Hard luck, in other words.

Nevertheless, I pressed my face to the window and peeked in. The assortment seemed to center around merchandise like posters, alarm-clocks, pictures, cups, t-shirts and figures, but I also spotted some books, DVDs and records. It really would have been nice to go inside.

On the train home I did some research on the internet on my lap top and found out the store was called King Creole, as it was opened last year, 50 years after the movie was made. As good a choice as any, and the sign above the door is tastefully done in the same style as the movie logo.

Next time my work takes me to Karlstad, I’ll make sure it will be on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday!

PS: Two Swedish local newspapers have written about the store. You can find the articles here and here.


A said...

Better luck next time!

MĂ„rtenbrother said...

I know exactly how I feel, the day I was in Bamberg, Germany, the town's Elvis shop was closed! Is this by the way the only Elvis shop in Sweden?