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From Basement Beginnings to Upscale Digs in 365 Days Flat

Nick Huff and Brandon Beed launched Hutch, a vintage furniture and home accessories shop, in an Old Market basement in May 2013. They moved their curated collection to Midtown Crossing just two months later and then quadrupled their square footage in a prime location in the same development in just over a year.

A roomier store – named for their first piece of secondhand furniture the twosome acquired for resale – means plenty of space for Hutch’s signature midcentury-style offerings and the introduction of brand partnerships with 20 local makers specializing in furniture, ceramics, candles, soaps and original art.

“It’s really all about making our store reflect how customers want their homes to look and how they want to feel in them,” Huff says.

He and Beed attribute the store’s rapid growth to their ability to share ideas and take risks.

“Brandon and I have ideas that are always 10 steps ahead of where we are. It’s been fun seeing where our ideas lead us and how we figure out how to make it all happen,” Huff says.

This piece was an excerpt from Omaha: We Don’t Coast magazine, published by the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Omaha World-Herald.

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Posted in We Launch |

Fancy that.

Some call it shopping. We call it bringing out your “you.” Our inventory of clothing stores is broad enough to suit all styles – whether you’re partial to one-of-a-kind boutiques, national retailers or outfitters that support active lifestyles.

Boutiques
Our blossoming boutique scene earned a “shout out” from Shoptiques.com, an e-commerce site that links shoppers to boutiques around the world. Midtown Crossing, which boasts The Ugly Sister Boutique, Me & Me and Atomic Bombshells, is featured prominently in Shoptiques’ neighborhoods section, which touts us as “the best location in the Midwest for trendy fashion shopping, fine dining and entertainment.”

A sampling of our unique boutiques also includes:

High-end Retail
If your tastes tilt more to the sky-end of the shopping spectrum, our indoor and outdoor shopping centers have you impeccably covered:

Outfitters
We don’t just shop for sport here. We also shop to sport – and to look good while doing it.
Go on safari for outfitters in our area and you’ll find:

This piece was an excerpt from Omaha: We Don’t Coast magazine, published by the Greater Omaha Chamber and the Omaha World-Herald.
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Posted in We Live |

On Tap: Original Pours

Posted in We Toast |

I am not alone here. I found a tribe and that made it home.

 

I grew up in a small Nebraska town. I didn’t dream a lot and I remember often feeling very alone. What I did have was a lot of ambition and a desire to do something big and meaningful with my life.

I essentially ran away two weeks after graduating high school to attend the Art Institute in Colorado. Suddenly I found myself living in the Capitol Hill district in downtown Denver. More alone than ever, I could count my Denver friends on one hand. We were all busy trying to be ‘artists’ and make it in the big city. I managed to miss out on the chance to get a fake ID with the rest of my underage classmates. Lucky for me, I didn’t really have much time to socialize (insert sarcasm here) between a nightshift waitress job and school.

Opportunity was slow to come after graduating. After a few years of struggling, I found myself in Omaha.

Here, I had a sincere opportunity to grow my career. I have a job where I get to do big, meaningful things and I love what I do.

But that’s not what I care most about.

Most importantly, I’ve found people here – a ‘tribe’.
My tribe does not all look like me or think like me.
They do not all believe in the same things I do.

They have my back, but I damn sure better be doing the right things. They challenge me to be better.

My tribe does not all know each other, but I know all of them. There is one thing we all have in common – we do things that make a difference, that help and provide opportunity for other people. From little things like helping transport kids around to activities or simply grabbing them from daycare if we are running late from work. To big things like addressing issues of poverty in the community, or providing access and help to those with disabilities, or trying to connect the generational gap so we can all better understand one another.

Those efforts, big and small, make this place – Omaha, a place my tribe all wants to be. And a place we all now feel passionate about.

They are there for me, and I am there for them,
we are there for others.

They are there for me, and I am there for them, and we are there for others.

I am not alone here. I found a tribe in Omaha and that made it home. This place is amazing – because the people you find here make it so.

Kim Sellmeyer, Creative Director – Greater Omaha Chamber

Posted in We Grow, We Live |

Omaha education in one “juicy” word? Stupendous.

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I volunteer at my daughter’s school every Thursday afternoon. Right now, we’re working with the kids on descriptive writing: What sounds do you hear at an Omaha Storm Chasers game? How does a chocolate waffle taste? What does your puppy’s fur feel like when you pet it? Her teacher pushes his third graders to carefully organize their thoughts, develop them in stages – and use “juicy” words to express them.

Inevitably, I leave class every Thursday feeling rejuvenated, reassured the future is in good hands. These kids have great ideas and write enthusiastically. Beyond that, they’re learning new ways to approach math problems and they’re immersing themselves in technology – in terms of projects and learning platforms. They participate in discussions, are generally well-behaved and respect each other’s opinions.

My parents, based on their media outlets of choice, think our nation’s public schools are in a full-blown state of disaster. Not in my neighborhood, I tell my Mom – just the opposite. I see teachers who are committed, innovative and caring. The principal knows names and parents are involved. (If you’ve never witnessed the smooth execution of an elementary school lunch period, you should – it’s a sight to behold.)

My wife and I have made some questionable calls during our 20 years of marriage – the convertible Mustang when a Honda Civic would have sufficed? Yeah… I remember that – but we’ve never second guessed where we planted ourselves and by extension, how our three kids – one in elementary school, one in middle school, one in high school – are now being educated. How would I describe our experience with Omaha education? I can think of one “juicy” word: Stupendous.

-Dan McCann

Posted in We Inspire |

A Cultural Hub

CulturalHub

To thrive, cities must attract creative thinkers, painters, poets and singers.

What does it take to be considered a cultural hub? An art museum? A dance company and an opera? A symphony and a theater presenting Broadway and national tours?

We have all of that and more.

Joslyn Art Museum
Ballet Nebraska
Opera Omaha
Omaha Symphony
The Orpheum
Omaha Community Playhouse

We are a cultural hub and we draw creative and talented people. This spurs more creative offerings – music, ethnic festivals, artist in residence programs, family and children’s art programs – yeah, we have those, too.

We have what artists need to flourish, whether they’re internationally known or striving to get there.

 

Posted in We Entertain |

The Lantern Fest – Omaha

How would I describe a night of dancing, bonfires and thousands of lanterns filling the sky? Unforgettable. A fantasy come true. 

Strangers became friends as hundreds gathered, anxiously waiting for the moment where they could unleash their lanterns into the sky. When the timing was just right, we became completely surrounded by a sky full of moving stars.

Whether they were sending a lantern up for loved ones lost or with a wish – never have I experienced something so beautiful and inspiring. – Jessica Perreault 

Posted in We Entertain, We Live |

Air Boating on the Platte River

Passing the summer away with Bryson’s Airboat Tour on the Platte River near Fremont. 

Posted in We Explore |

Ballet Nebraska: Greatness on Display

Ballet Nebraska

From art to music to sports,  we are elevated by those who revel in the pursuit of greatness. That includes an incredibly talented group of women and men who balance power and grace  – and remind us that classic childhood aspirations can develop into a grown-up realities. They are the professional dancers from Ballet Nebraska, the only arts organization of its kind in the region. The company not only enriches us through performance, but through educational programs and community outreach. 

With one of the few professional ballet companies in the nation, ours is thriving.
The company has a packed season, including Cleopatra (opening Oct. 2), The Nutcracker (opening Nov. 22) and Momentum: Go West! (opening April 1). 

Posted in We Entertain |

Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival

Nebraska Balloon & Wine Fest

From the kid-friendly zone activities, to dancing with live music, to delicious food and award winning wines, there was something to do for everyone at the Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival. And let’s not forget the main attraction – the hot air balloon launch and glow!

More than 10 hot air balloons danced along the horizon to the music. It definitely added to the party atmosphere! – Jessica Perreault

Posted in We Entertain, We Live |