Footloose & Fancy believes in a two-pronged philosophy: its owners are deeply committed to both protecting the environment and to outfitting people of all ages with comfortable, fashionable clothing that help them to achieve a healthy lifestyle. To combine these two passions, the eco-conscious business only carries clothing from brands devoted to using recycled materials, biodegradable vegetable dyes, and environmentally friendly production methods, such as The North Face.
After equipping customers for more than three decades, Footloose & Fancy has learned to keep up with the latest trends. Recently, they've panned back their eco-friendly and trend-spotting telescope to focus on clothing, too, stocking up on jackets, coats, and outdoor garb from The North Face, Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Kuhl, and Fjallraven, as well as women's workout apparel from Lol? and yoga apparel from Prana.
Host to concerts celebrated by the Lincoln Journal Star](http://gr.pn/zuQOEY), Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music has drawn out-of-state musicians to southeastern Nebraska for more than 40 consecutive seasons. The collective’s four or five concerts per year showcase both renowned and emerging ensembles, playing works from living composers and interpretations of 18th- and 19th-century standards that evoke modernity without the need to convert them to ringtones. Intimate performances blossom in the auditorium of the Sheldon Museum of Art, whose wealth of modern art pieces engages concertgoers during intermissions. Contextualizing details in preshow lectures imbue performances with greater meaning, and discounted student tickets help acquaint local youths with the art and elegance of chamber music.
As a small child, Tim Woosley made a cardboard cutout of a guitar, which he pretend-strummed to songs by The Monkees. By age 13, he upgraded to an actual guitar so that his father could teach him all eight minutes of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." The first lesson was just the first step for this passionate musician, as Tim has played the six-string ever since, from guitarist in local bands to founding instructor of Lincoln School of Music.
Versed in guitar, piano, and voice, Tim and his fellow teachers customize one-on-one lessons around each student's individual goals, from learning basic chords to complex riffs and scales. They also lead group lessons, and invite students to perform a piece of their choosing at twice-yearly, low-pressure recitals.
In 1978, Jan Gauger founded One More Time, where she stocked racks with gently used women's clothes and accessories from labels such as Gap, Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, and Eddie Bauer. To this day, Jan oversees the shop's daily goings-on alongside her daughters Sarah and Kate. They helm a careful consignment process that seeks out items two-years-old or newer, ensuring that shoppers unearth only trendy, high-quality shoes, blouses, dresses, and jewelry. The family's dedication to saving orphaned garments also means that fewer unwanted clothes wind up in overcrowded landfills or layered on uncomfortably warm scarecrows.
From the humble beginnings of a five-bike shop in 1981, Cycle Works has since expanded and now showcases thousands of bikes and accessories lining the floors and walls. At Cycle Works, certified bike mechanics maintain smooth-riding bikes with tune-ups and customize new bikes to suit both cyclist and terrain. Once a two-wheeler has been selected, technicians measure bike and rider, and make necessary adjustments to the bike to assure a correct and comfortable fit. Before making final decisions, they let the customer take the bike out for a malted shake and a test-drive to assure compatibility. They also guarantee each sale with lifetime brake and derailleur adjustments at no cost to the original owner.
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.