Chooty & Co’s fabric designs span the spectrum from folksy to baroque, but they’re united by bright colors and bold patterns that can enliven any space in your home. One mustard-colored blanket, for example, features silk-screened flowers and a black satin border; tiny mosaic tiles wind across another plush salmon pillow; and some gauzy gold drapes crinkle like a foil candy wrapper. In addition to premade home furnishings, the store stocks more than 600 fabric swatches for shoppers to peruse until they hone in on an ideal pattern and hue for bed linens, blankets, or Dracula capes.
Retrofitted from former city buses, Nebraska Party Bus's 13-vehicle fleet conveys revelers about town in limo-like luxury. The air-conditioned transports include a luxuriously upholstered 30-footer with a private party area in the rear, encouraging between-bar mingling, whereas a pair of 42-seaters are perfect for ferrying wedding guests to receptions or back to central casting's rent-a-wedding-guest unit. The buses serve Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs, offering patrons comfortable conveyance throughout the metro area.
A small produce stand sits in a parking lot off of 77th and Cass Streets in Omaha. Garden aficionado Karen Kruse runs this roadside produce stand?a large tent and a white truck?with fruits and vegetables that are picked daily at local farms. Her selection changes throughout the summer season but almost always includes sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, peppers, and peaches. For a complement to meals, try one of her locally made jellies or honey. The stand is open, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The eco-conscious candlestick makers at EcoScents engineer a vast array of aromatic soy-based candles and flameless soy square burning lamps using premium, all-natural ingredients. The biodegradable soy candles burn up to three times as long as their paraffin brethren without releasing toxins or smoke rings that turn into collars for pet ghosts. Every candle is hand-poured to ensure consistency, and cotton wicks receive a vegetable-based wax treatment to reduce smoke.
Most popular offering: Craft exploring classes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Bring your imagination.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
As an early childhood educator, it is easy to see the fun children have doing crafts. They enjoy the process of crafting as much as, or more, than they like the finished product. I thought having a place where many different types of crafting tools, supplies readily available, and numerous projects on hand would be a good activity for families.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
I like seeing the pride children show in their completed projects. Seeing a kid being happy with what they made in my store is a good reaction.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Teaching classes is a really enjoyable time in the week. It is fun to help kids use their imaginations and make something they enjoy. I find it rewarding to plan an theme that is interactive and engages children's creativity.
Murat and Debbie Akyurek, owners of the Savory Spice Shop location in Rockbrook, receive fresh products weekly to stock more than 500 different items in their store. And that freshness ensures vivid aromas and flavors. There's something in the shop for virtually every palate: Italian black-truffle sea salt, Hungarian sweet paprika, and fiery ground ghost pepper, just to name a few, available in increments from as little as half an ounce up to a pound or more. The owners make it a priority to keep prices comparable to a grocery store.
In addition to the wide selection of herbs, spices, meat rubs, extracts, and blends, Savory Spice Shop also carries cookbooks, gift boxes and giftcards, with shipping available. Patrons can check out recommended recipes on the Johnstons’ website.