Piccolo’s Florist and Gifts traces its lineage back to a small family shop that got its start in Omaha in 1952. Since then, the shop has blossomed across the city. As one of Nebraska's largest floral merchants, Piccolo’s Florist and Gifts helps customers ring in any number of events and occasions. Floral baskets and teddy bears celebrate a baby's arrival, and boutonnieres mark a growing boy's first awkward arms-length dance with the chaperone. Artful arrangements combine such buds as long-stemmed roses, sapphire-blue delphiniums, orchids, and seasonal blossoms into aesthetically pleasing treats and home decorations.
Finishing Touches abounds with stationery, candles, artwork, and seasonal décor ideal for home decorating or gift giving. Shoppers can furnish dinner parties with a set of handmade Beatriz Ball metal serving pieces to spruce up a batch of hors d'oeuvres or turn a breakfast of Fruit Loops into a classy brunch ($40+). A collection of Archipelago Botanicals body washes, lotions, and candles ($20–$50) envelops both bodies and abodes in favorable fragrances. Finishing Touches' stationery collection includes Caspari paper goods, which make suitable gifts and an ideal medium for friends to write thank-you notes in gratitude for their new Caspari paper goods ($3–$20).
Sidney Sweeper & Vacuum stocks a variety of bags and belts, but it's not a clothing store. Instead of accessorizing outfits, staff members focus their efforts on repairing, maintaining, and selling vacuum cleaners. Technicians trained in the electronics-refurbishing arts revive broken units from a number of brands, including Oreck and Electrolux.
The blue-flames of an acetylene torch heat the edges of bent copper tubing, as Adam Weiss molds copper hunks to cut metal sheets and twisted wire. The artist and educator shapes active images of a dragonfly perched on a weeping willow and slithering snakes, as well as seven-foot high images dueling praying mantises or a sandhill crane with outstretched wings. Drawing on travels to Germany, France, and the Netherlands, Adam also marries color to copper through his collection of patina paintings.
Viaduct Gardens’ greenhouse brims with thriving flora for yards and homes. The garden center carries plants that range from annuals and perennials to fruits and roses. It also stocks plant-related accessories, including hanging baskets, tiered planters, and “plant heads”—planters that resemble people heads.
Billing itself as a ?janitorial superstore,? The Cleaning Mart stocks cleaning and household supplies in bulk quantities as well as sizes appropriate for the typical homeowner. Its vast selection ranges from push brooms to hand soap to cases of trash bags. Instead of rubbing lavender and pinecones on your walls and floors, you can easily get a room smelling nice with air fresheners.