Omaha painter Maureen Beat used to be just a fan of Peggy Karr, the New Jersey artist known for her decorative glass plate collections. Beat never imagined she would collaborate with Karr on her own series of plates depicting Omaha landmarks.
Saturday, Beat and Karr will be at Borsheims to autograph their latest joint effort, the fourth in a series of plates that Beat designed and Karr produced. The “Hometown Heritage” series started in 2009 with a plate depicting Beat's painting of Rosenblatt Stadium, and has continued with images of Ak-Sar-Ben race track, Peony Park, and this year, in honor of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary, an image of a train leaving the old Union Station.
Saturday is the first day the U.P. plate will be available for sale, priced at $58. Buyers may have their plates signed and talk with Karr and Beat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Borsheims, 120 Regency Parkway.
The collaboration started when Beat's husband, who had purchased Karr plates for his wife as gifts, suggested she talk to Borsheims about putting her Rosenblatt Stadium picture on a plate.
She pitched the idea and the plate, now retired, went on to be Karr's number-two best selling plate, with 4,582 sold, according to Borsheims.
Beat said she was “flabbergasted” and honored when Karr and Borsheims asked her to follow up with a series of other Omaha landmarks.
She produced four versions of the Union Pacific painting before getting it just right. “There are a lot of train enthusiasts out there, and if it is not exact, they know.”
Nebraska Furniture Mart has set a groundbreaking ceremony for 10 a.m. Sept. 25 for its new Dallas-Fort Worth area store.
It will be the biggest Nebraska Furniture Mart location and the first new site for the Omaha-based retailer since opening its Kansas City, Kan., store in 2003.
Plans for the new store in The Colony, Texas, call for a 546,000-square-foot showroom, 1.2 million square feet of warehouse space and a regional corporate office. The store, on 90 acres, will be the anchor for what could be a $1.5 billion development on the Mart's 433 acres.
Before Scooter's and before Starbucks, Omaha had Crane Coffee.
Omaha's original coffeehouse, as the company calls itself, opened in 1991 and today has seven locations. The local chain is celebrating its 21st anniversary the week of Sept. 23 with giveaways including free coffee once a week for a year for 21 customers.
General manager Rachel Ayala-Johnson said there are two reasons for Crane's longevity amid the competition: “It's our extremely loyal customer base — we have so many people who come every day and have been coming every day for 20 years — and our staff. We have a lot of people who stick with us and grow with us.”
Customers who visit each of the seven shops during the anniversary week can be entered into a drawing for the free weekly coffee. Also, Crane will give away an espresso machine to one of its Facebook fans.
Ayala-Johnson said Crane has never celebrated its anniversary but wanted to this year to thank customers.