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Stockmann's is a Finnish cultural (and shopping) icon which recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. "I'll meet you under the clock" is the standard shorthand for a rendevous at the main entrance on Aleksanterinkatu Street.
This is a wonderful department store where you can buy everything from books in English to jewelry, high fashion clothing, great leather goods, French gourmet delicacies, cheeses, wine and on the 7th Floor, tickets to various performances. It is Harrod's East!!!
The biannual Stockmann "Crazy Days" sale during the first week of April and October turns the entire building yellow, and tens of thousands of bargain-seekers can be seen all over the city, lugging their purchases in the trademark yellow plastic bags.
The supermarket on the basement level was recently (2012) expanded, and includes several snackbars where harried shoppers can pause for a pick-me-up. Next to the supermarket is a small wine store with a reasonable selection.
Books are sold in the Academic Bookstore across the street from the main part of Stockmann's (accessible also by an underground passage). The Academic Bookstore building was designed by Alvar Aalto and is an architectural landmark. The selection of books is extensive, with a very large English pocketbook section. To the horror of many traditionalists and the glee of many bookstore browsers, a Starbucks coffee shop was opened in 2013 in one corner of the bookstore, the first in downtown Helsinki.
Stockmann's has several other branches in Finland (Tampere, Turku and Espoo), as well as in Tallinn, St Petersburg and Moscow.