Searching for Theodore Roosevelt's autobiography or a mystery novel that's light on blood and bad language but filled with murder?
The eclectic Our Bookstore, located in the Old Market Passageway at 1030 Howard St., may be able to help.
The independent, hole-in-the-brick-wall bookstore specializes in history, biography and art books. “Our jewels,” said Agnes Clark, a former Barnes & Noble employee who runs the store and seems to have read her fair share of the more than 1,000 books that fill its shelves.
A small, handpicked selection of mysteries adds spice to the shop's collection.
The bookstore's owner is Mercer Management Co., Clark said.
Opening an independent bookstore is a risky venture these days, but Clark has the blessing of ex-husband Sam Mercer, the man behind the Old Market's development. “He thought it would be nice to have a little bookstore, even if it didn't make money. It would add to the Old Market,” Clark said.
The Old Market's last link to the Antiquarium bookstore, which relocated to Brownville, Neb., in 2007, ended last month with the closure of Antiquarium Records at 417 S. 13th St.
Our Bookstore opened in September in a retail space that housed the Old Market Bookseller more than 10 years ago. Its most recent tenant, the All About Me Boutique, a clothing store, has moved upstairs to 419 S. 11th St., according to Mercer Management.
Our Bookstore is open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Do-it-yourself art store to open in Midtown
Talk, sip wine and paint. The Corky Canvas, based in Lincoln, will open a new store at Omaha's Midtown Crossing mall in February, the company's second store. Customers can enjoy wine, beer, champagne or non-alcoholic drinks as they replicate a painting or craft item of their choosing, owner Angie Lewis said.
At a cost of $30 to $40, customers are provided with a blank canvas, paint, brushes and step-by-step instructions in how to re-create the item. No art skills are required, Lewis said. Customers can purchase beverages at an additional cost.
Lewis opened her first store, at 3700 S. 9th St. in Lincoln, 15 months ago. “We had such a huge amount of people coming from Omaha that we decided to open a store in Omaha,” Lewis said.
The store plans follow the openings this fall of other Omaha businesses that provide do-it-yourself art experiences with wine: Village Canvas and Cabernet in Aksarben Village, and the ArtRoom at Rockbrook Village.
The Corky Canvas offers private bookings, and patrons must be 16 or older with the exception of children's events. The new storeis slated to open in February at 3157 Farnam St.
Lincoln clothing store for men opens
Destination XL, a clothing superstore for tall and plus-sized men who wear sizes XL and up, has opened a store in Lincoln at 101 S. 48th St.
Destination XL, or DXL, features its own private label and designer brands such as Lacoste, Michael Kors, DKNY Jeans and Lucky Jeans. The store also offers tall sizes and brand-name men's shoes in sizes 10 to 16 and widths up to 4E. Like all DXL stores, the new Lincoln location has an on-site tailor.
“The DXL concept is an emerging and innovative retail offering that is attuned to our customers' needs,” David Levin, president and chief executive of Casual Male Retail Group Inc., said in a statement.
Village Pointe Toyota to replace Old Mill site
Construction of a new single-story Toyota dealership, Village Pointe Toyota, has begun at 18201 Cuming St., a seven-acre site. The property is being graded and readied for development.
The renamed dealership will replace Old Mill Toyota, which has been at 601 N. 108th Circle for about 30 years and had outgrown the building and land.
The new retail development, which includes an automobile showroom, service and repair facilities and display parking, should be completed in November 2013, according to the project's architects, Purdy & Slack Architects PC of Omaha.
Construction under way on Lexus buildings
Construction of three new buildings — a showroom; service garage; and carwash and detailing facility — for Lexus of Omaha has begun at 13025 West Dodge Road.
“We demolished the old Lexus showroom in August and have erected the steel frame for the showroom building,” said Brad Govig, vice president of Boyd Jones Construction, the project's developer.
For now, Lexus of Omaha is temporarily housed at 11910 West Dodge Road in the former Baxter Chrysler building. The new dealership is expected to be completed in fall 2013, Govig said.
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