Töysä Things to Do
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While driving around South Ostrobothnia, in the middle of the nature can suddenly be changed by this enormous shopping mall located in the municipality of Töysä. It is a real Oasis for shoppers in the middle of the peaceful and natural Finnish landscape. Veljekset Keskinen Ltd is situated in the village of Tuuri with only 500 inhabitants.
This mall is very particular, it consists of different units all put together. Every unit has its own name. There is a Department store is the place where to buy nonfood items, a Food store, and the Garden store that sells all kinds of items for gardening. There is also the Hotel OnnenTahti, restaurant OnnenKivi, traffic centre OnnenLiekki, caravan area Onnela and two Shopping alleys with other entrepreneurs. The restaurant services offer all kinds of delicacies: there are three cafeterias, two grills, one pizzeria and one á la carte restaurant to choose from.
According to its sales, Veljekset Keskinen Ltd is the second best in Finland after Stockmann in Helsinki. It started as a tiny little village shop and has grown heavily during the years, both in size and the product range. At the same time it has become surrounded by the whole village of different stores: over 60 enterprises do business in the neighbourhood, for example clothes shops, car dealerships, a liqueur store, a pharmacist’s, a jewellery store, an optician’s, a travel agency, a private clinic, a miniature golf track and a labyrinth world. The VillageShop sells over 250 000 different products which will surely meet the needs of each and every customer.
According to the Finnish Tourist Board the VillageShop is the most famous tourist attraction in Finland with over 6 million visitors per year (2008). The University of Tampere has made studies every year ever since 2001 which show that people drive approximately 150 kilometres to get there and in July even more (over 200 kilometres).
The VillageShop is the best known for its events. There are over 50 smaller or bigger events at the premises of the VillageShop every year. All the happenings have a common name: Million. There is a Million Ice Fishing, Million Rock, Miss Million, Million Skidoo, etc. They all have gathered thousands of people here. During winter time there is some dancing playing during the day, especially dedicated for elder people.
During the summer time there is a huge outdoors playground for kids. Among many games they include an enormous labyrinth, slides, and many more games where kids can play for hours.Related to:
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Tuuri hosts the second biggest store in Finland that has been gradually turned into a full-fledged tourist magnet. And those need at least one decent monument.
As the man behind the whole store believes firmly in luck (Tuuri means sort of good luck in Finnish), most of the stuff there are related to luck or chance in a way or other.
What would be better monument for luck than a horseshoe? So they erected this golden-looking giant horseshoe "OnnenKenkä" (lucky shoe) in 2000 to act as the landmark for the area. It may be a little tacky, but everybody remembers it after seeing it once.
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They call it Finland's biggest Village Shop, they believe that everything should be the biggest here, and so it is. Its not only for shopping, it is also for tourism. However, if you ask me, most of the things I could find cheaper in Helsinki, but for the people who live in this region that is a good opportunity to avoid the traditional rip-off of the usual Finnish whole sellers as K & S groups.
What to buy: Everything
Veljekset Keskinen Tavarapuoti is a combination of a huge department and discount store, located in middle of nowhere in Botnia region in Finland. They sell more than most of the other markets and department stores located in big cities, and people flock the place during usually quiet Sunday evenings.
There are both well-known brands and then almost anonymous items that are just bought in with inexpensive prices. The idea is similar to IKEA: you don't really need anything, you don't really buy much anything and at the counter you find out that you have to pay at least 100 euros. But compared to other places, you have saved a lot... Or at least you can use this as an excuse to buy stuff that you really don't need.
The store is a little bit too crammed to be enjoyable shopping experience -- they seemed to run out of space. This situation should change when the build the new Tavarapuoti next to the new food market.Related to:
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Kyläkauppa Keskinen (Village shop Keskinen), the second biggest shop in Finland has a brand new food store located behind the new castle-like facade -- yes, I'm not kidding here, check out OnnenTähti hotel review...
The food store has full selection of food items in quite good prices. Some of the stuff is sold in astoundingly low price, and the rest is in par with the normal supermarkets.
There are a couple of cafés and state alcohol monopoly store in front of the market.Related to:
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Favorite thing: Toysa is in the middle of Finland in the middle of nowhere, but it has its share of publicity when a creative businessman build here one of the biggest shipping centres in the Nordic countries. But if you expected skyscraper, you are wrong, where the land price is as cheap as water, everything here build flat on a wide area.