Omaha's urban cowboys will soon have another option for boots and belt buckles. Sheplers, the Western wear store based in Wichita, Kan., is opening a Nebraska location south of Nebraska Furniture Mart at 970 S. 72nd St.
A Sheplers billboard near 72nd and Dodge Streets advertises the chain not far from local competitor Wolf Bros.' 7001 Dodge Street location.
The Omaha store will be the northernmost for Sheplers, which has 18 locations in the Southern Plains and Southwest, according to its website. Sheplers carries clothing for men, women and children, including Western shirts, jeans, boots, cowboy hats and work wear.
The grand opening is Sept. 29 beginning at 8 a.m.
Sheplers, founded in 1899, has been in a growth mode since 2010 under a new chief executive officer, Bob Myers, formerly a QVC.com executive, according to news reports. This year, it announced a multiyear partnership to be the official Western retailer of the Professional Bull Riders.
Quilt shop closing
Plattsmouth-area quilters will have to drive farther for fabric and notions when Seams To Be Quilt Shoppe, 511 Main St., closes after eight years of business.
Owner Terri O'Brien, 61, who bought the business with her husband, John O'Brien, seven years ago, said: “We just decided it was time for us to retire, and we felt like we wanted to be in control of when we closed.”
She said the business, the only quilt store in Plattsmouth, was doing “wonderfully” but it was hard to find a buyer, in part because potential operators had a difficult time securing financing.
Seams To Be launched a close-out sale Sept. 13 that O'Brien said is ongoing “until everything is gone,” with discounts on merchandise and store fixtures.
The store offered classes and clubs, and O'Brien said her customers are sorry to see her close.
“They are really sad, and I'm sad, too,” she said.
Girls night out
The Papillion Junior Women's Club will benefit from a Passport to Pampering girls night out event Sept. 27 at the Shadow Lake Towne Center in Papillion.
For every person who completes a tour of participating stores and registers for prizes, the shopping center will donate $1 to the club in support of its charitable causes.
The free event, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., starts at Chico's where participants receive a “passport” that will guide them to demonstrations and displays at 21 stores. Prizes include a $200 Shadow Lake shopping spree.
The Bellevue East High School DECA club is also a partner in the event.
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