There's nothing like a milestone birthday to put things in perspective. For Karina Mork, that's exactly what started it all as she wrestled with the thought, “If I could anything in the world, what would it be?”
The answer to that question was a retail shop, planted in Glenwood, Minnesota (a place she'd never even been) and it would be called MECO7.
Nothing shy of a leap of faith, she moved over 180 miles to open MECO7 in the fall of 2012. The original space was a mere 400 square feet of retail space which she shared with a custom frame shop, Twelve Dozen Framing. Here she offered painted furniture, home décor and gifts.
Less than a year later, after training under the frame shop owner, Dave Gross, Karina took over Twelve Dozen and custom framing became part of the MECO7 offerings.
Six months later, Ann and Larry Stensrud, owners of The Valley Troll, approached Karina about taking over their Scandinavian Shop located across the hall from her store. With strong Scandinavian roots herself, it seemed like a great fit and soon MECO7 expanded to include The Valley Troll in the spring of 2014.
Fast forward to today, MECO7 & The Valley Troll is still family owned and operated and we continue carry the original lines of painted furniture, home decor and gifts, plus traditional Scandinavian goods, and of course, custom framing. Additionally, we have expanded by carrying new furniture, including our best-selling line of customizable upholstered chairs, couches and sofas. We are also a stockist for the best paint in the world, Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint®.
Our name is derived from the store’s tagline. Pronounced MEE-KO, it combines the “MO” from modern and the “EC” from eclectic. The seven stands for the seven artists that played a role in the store’s early start; a reminder that this is not a venture done alone.
Where Modern Meets Eclectic
About the Owner
Karina Mork is the owner and founder of MECO7. As the in-house custom framer and main designer, she loves the challenges and creative opportunities that each day brings as she gets to utilize her natural talent for design and strategic problem solving.
With a background in event planning, design, marketing and sales, MECO7 has become her playground to curate a collection of unique furniture, decor and giftable pieces. She also loves the details of a meticulously crafted frame while getting her hands covered in paint - just not at the same time.
Karina is also supported by an amazing team at MECO7. As our name implies, it takes a whole team to work towards the vision of our store and we're all happy to help you, our customer, as fully as we can. While you're in, you may even get to meet more of the Mork family including Hadwin, the official shop greeter.
Our purpose at MECO7 & The Valley Troll is to provide excellence, as we set the standard for design, service, experience and community through all that we create and do.