Shopping at FEEFHS

Life Beyond Genealogy

The FEEFHS Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 9 through 11, 1996, was held at the Thunderbird Hotel situated on the corner of the parking lot of the world famous Mall of America with over 400 stores and one roller coaster. This mall has a full amusement park complete with rides in it.

Babushka, located in the Mall of America, was worth the trip. They have the largest collection of Marushka dolls I have ever run into. The dolls ranged from traditional sets to icons, angels, and saints. It seemed like every set was better than the one before. I could have spent a day there. This is a truly unique store. For anyone with eastern European roots, this is one place to be sure to stop at while your at Mall of America.

The hologram store at the mall had a group of 3-D glass holograms of Russian icons imported from Europe that was most interesting.

The European Gift Shop had crafts and ceramics from Europe. Highlight of the trip for my daughter, Irene, was when the stuff-it-yourself bear at the Basic Brown Bear Shop exploded while they were making it sending stuffing and bear parts all over the store.

My family bought me a "Parking for Slovaks Only - All Others Will Be Towed" sign at the ethnic gift kiosk at the mall. They also had some great t-shirts and sweat shirts there too.

At the convention, Michael and Katherine Stoyanova were showing their hand painted and gilded icons. They were spectacular.

They also had a great collection of icon necklaces for only $7.50 each. We will be getting quite a few of them for Christmas presents this year.

Michael painted the interior of the church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Bulgaria, and three frescos for the Serbian Cultural Center in Saint Paul.

Katherine has done icons and frescos both in America and Europe. She has done an icon for Saint Mary Cathedral in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

Their icons have been purchased by collectors all over the world and they have won prizes at many art festivals for their work.

The icons were one of the first things you saw as you entered the vendor room at the Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies Convention. It was a great way to welcome everyone to the room.

You can reach Michael and Katherine at (612) 781-6593.

The Bohemian Traders, an import company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota had a nice collection of hand blown glass Christmas ornaments available for sale at the convention.

The Bohemian Traders also carry bandannas, cards, cookie molds, collectibles, glass beads, glass buttons, vases, porcelain mugs, and leather bags. As you can see below, they brought a nice collection of their goods to the convention.

The Bohemian Trader can be reached at (800) 628-1625 or via FAX at (612) 721-4235.

There were many vendors showing books, maps, how-to guides, software, custom photography in Europe and more at the convention. The next installment of Shopping at the FEEFHS will feature products related to genealogical research.

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