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.
Village Grinder's flavor-wielding baristas stock more than 70 varieties of fair trade arabica coffee beans as well as organic teas and Italian sodas, from which they whip together a bevy of hot and cold drinks. Lattes with fruity syrups such as cherry and strawberry imbue early morning sippers with the energy of a caffeinated child swimming through a pool of birthday presents; the sugar-free vanilla or hazelnut lattes keep minds calm and relaxed ($3.10 value for a regular). Customer favorites such as coffee chillers ($3.90 value), iced tea ($1.95 value), and smoothies ($3.90 value) made with yogurt or fruit tea slip down throats with a delectable frostiness. Laptop-toters can hook up to Village Grinder’s free WiFi while sipping drinks in an atmosphere designed to mimic that of a cozy living room, prompting patrons to relax and stare out the window at the neighbors.
Roots & Wings dresses up fledgling fashionistas in sassy one-of-a-kind fashions rarely found elsewhere in Omaha. Scour racks filled with designer garb from Free People, Tulle, Kensie Girl, Scrapbook, and others. Stacked against exposed cinder-block walls, accessories such as the LeSportsac handbag provide arms a diversion from flapping wildly for hours ($68). Practice altruism by snagging a pair of TOMS shoes ($44–$69)—for each purchase, TOMS will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need. Meanwhile, colorful flip-flops by Havaianas ($24) cushion tired foot soldiers from streets paved with Legos and sidewalks blanketed with bees.
Experienced stylist Melissa performs expert cuts and color services from within the cozy confines of Shear Madness Salon. With the help of Matrix and Schwarzkopf professional products, she resurrects tired strands and turns them into stunning hairdos.
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.
Tanning inevitably involves standing or lying still for an extended period of time. At 4 Seasons Tanning Salon, a licensed aesthetician and a team of expert body-bronzers take the boredom out of the tanning process with thoroughly engaging visits and modern technology. After individual consultations, staffers take guests on a tour of the premises, showing clients the many tanning machines and aftercare products that can help achieve their desired results. The salon’s UV beds each house a stereo system and input for iPods, so tanners can listen to their favorite music or sleep-inducing college lectures. The beds run the gamut from the eco-conscious Ultimate Envy 234 to the Velocity HP1000, whose open design allows for full-body coverage and cooling. For speedier sessions, the VersaSpa sunless-tanning booth sprays bodies with moisturizer and bronzing solution in approximately one-minute sessions.