Robert’s European Imports has changed to Esther’s European Imports and moved down the street.
One of the stores that I always liked to visit in New Glarus was Robert’s European Imports. I was shocked to find the store closed but relieved to find the same store down the street using the new name: Esther’s European Imports. My first though is that it wouldn’t be quite the same, but it turned out to be just like the old gift shop. It has the same imported gifts and the same feeling.
Esther’s European Imports reminds me of the Swiss shop at the beginning of “Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon.”
I can’t explain why. Esther’s is a gift shop not a restaurant. It could be all the authentic Swiss folk wear that is for sale there. Maybe they were playing some Swiss music (they have traditional Swiss music for sale on CD’s).
Why do I like Esther’s European Imports?
Because all my life I wanted a Victorinox Swiss Champ Swiss Army Knife and they have a large selection of them. The also have the little parts like the toothpicks and tweezers to replace the ones in your knife that get lost. I can’t think of a better, more Swiss place to buy a Swiss Army knife. I just haven’t been able to justify the money yet to myself (or my wife).
There are lots of genuine Swiss gifts to buy.
There are several Fondue sets (I never knew there were different types). They have some Swiss designed kitchen utensils. Glassware, wood carvings, and plenty of smaller gifts with Swiss logos. There are Swiss cow bells of all different sizes.
Esther’s also has a few Swiss watches. They also have Swiss pocket watches and cuckoo clocks.
I mentioned the Swiss folk wear and there is other Swiss apparel too. There is also lots of T-shirts, sweatshirts, and caps with Swiss logos. There is some embroidery and lacework too.
Esther is an immigrant from Switzerland. Her husband is also from Switzerland and owns the Alp and Dell cheese store in Monroe, WI. It’s nice to know the feeling I got entering Robert’s European Imports will always be kept in Esther’s European Imports. It may even get stronger.
The new location is in the Anderson Mall.
The Anderson Mall holds several small businesses. Like many of the New Glarus buildings it has a Swiss style to it. This location puts Esther’s Imports just across from the New Glarus Bakery.
Address for Esther’s European Imports:523 First Street New Glarus, WI 53574