"This piece of Norway in the heart of Brooklyn,"
Nordic Delicacies was founded in 1987 in the Bay Ridge section of
Brooklyn by Helene Bakke and her daughter, Arlene Rutuelo. Their
goal was to preserve their Scandinavian heritage in a neighborhood
that once was home to over 250,000 Scandinavians, the largest concentration
of Scandinavians in the United States.
It wasn't long before the Bakke family was inundated
with special requests for store items from the many Scandinavians
who had left Brooklyn. Could they please just mail out the Husmor
fishballs this once? What started out as a simple favor has burgeoned
into an ongoing mail order business covering over 300 food items
and 100 gift items and apparel.
Today from their 1700 square foot store, Helene
and Arlene manage a thriving retail, mail order and catering business
that sells hundreds of Scandinavian homemade and imported food and
gift items to people of all ethnic backgrounds.
And yes, they do have trolls.