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Emmaus, Götgatan 14

The original Emmaus shop dates back to the late ‘60s, but now it has expanded into three stores linked together. The shops are owned by a global organization called Emmaus. The unique thing about Emmaus is that all items in the stores are gifts from the local community. This Emmaus store consists of three shops: one children’s shop, a designer/vintage shop, and the general shop (the original Emmaus in Sweden).

Opening hrs

M-F: 10:30-18

Sat: 11-16

Sun: Closed

Price range:

Designer vintage store: 60 kr- a few thousand kr

Big store: big price range

Children’s store: 50 kr – a few hundred kr

The children’s shop sells everything from baby toys to children’s shoes. The clothing is relatively cheap, with a baby’s dress averaging at around 50 kronor.

Editor’s Pick:Little girl’s dress, 50 kr

The general store sells everything from kitchen appliances to novels to high heeled shoes. The price range is quite big in this shop, as you can get a book for 30 kronor but dinner plates for a much higher price.

Editor’s Pick:Black patent leather shoes, 140 kr

The designer/vintage shop is the most expensive and the most popular out of the three shops, with most clothing coming from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Here is where Emmaus sells all of the most exclusive items, such as vintage designer bags and beautiful antique jewelry. Prices in this store range from 60 kronor up to the thousands.

Editor’s Pick:Blue dress, 160 kr

(Photos: Lydia Parafianowicz)

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Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

The ATP Stockholm Open hits the Swedish capital on Saturday with international players vying for a piece of the €530,000 ($718,000) pie. Will it be a local Swede who takes out this year's title? The Local chats to the tournament organizer to find out more.

Stockholm Open set to serve up a storm

“All the sponsors, players and organizers are getting ready, I’m really excited,” tournament spokesman Christian Ahlqvist told The Local over the phone, with the sound of tennis balls thwacking around in the background.

Held inside Stockholm’s Royal Tennis Hall, the tournament has been played every year since 1969, attracting some of the biggest tennis names in Sweden and the world.

“All the big Swedish players have played in the Stockholm Open, Björn Borg, Mats Wilander. Former world number one Roger Federer won the title in 2010. We’ve had some really great players, its always been one of the tournaments to play in,” explained Ahlqvist.

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Headlining this year’s contingent is Spanish world number four David Ferrer who is tipped to take home the trophy.

“Ferrer is coming from Shanghai, he’s a great player and he’s always performed very well here,” said Ahlqvist.

But if you thought it was a one horse race, think again. Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Polish giant Jerzy Janowicz (who is over two metres tall), both 22, are two young players looking to challenge Ferrer and show the tennis world that they belong at the top.

However the odds are against Sweden netting the championship. World number 444 Markus Eriksson is the only confirmed Swedish player so far, although more may find their way through in Friday’s final qualifications. But statistically, the odds aren’t historically in the Swedes’ favour, with the last winner, Thomas Johansson, in 2004.

A strong Swedish presence in the singles may be lacking, but the Swedish men are expected to do better in the doubles.

“Jonas Björkman is making a comeback in the doubles with one of the best doubles players in the world, Robert Lindstedt. So that will be interesting to see,” said Ahlqvist.

As for a tip for the winner, Ahlqvist likes world number 41 Jarkko Nieminen from Finland.

“Jarko is someone who’s been a bit on and off the court with injuries. He’s played here so many times before, he’s almost a Swede. Everyone would love to see him win one.”

Saturday marks the opening ceremony for the Open, which will be held on centre court and is free for everyone. The tournament begins on the same day, with the final scheduled for Sunday the 19th.

Josh Liew

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