Got a taste for Mountain Dew-flavored popcorn?
Smej's Snacks & More, a new store that sells candy, snacks and beverages, can satisfy your craving. Smej's, 2060 N. 117th Ave., is owned by brother and sister Marty and Jan Rosenstein.
The store features a selection of nostalgia candy such as Necco Wafers, Charleston Chews and Abba-Zaba and Zagnut bars. It also carries trail mix, glass bottles of pop, energy drinks, chips and a selection of flavored popcorn. After running a convenience store at Center Mall for 15 years, “We changed direction,” Marty Rosenstein said. The store's unique name is a combination of the first letters of the first names of their parents and themselves.
Photo business moves to new studio
Mervin Reese Photographers has moved to a new studio at 9802 Nicholas St., Suite 210, just northeast of Westroads Mall.
The new studio can accommodate larger groups and includes a bank of windows for soft, natural lighting, said Steve Reese, who co-owns the business with his brother Jim Reese.
The brothers purchased the business from their father, Mervin J. “Bud” Reese Jr., when he retired in 1993, and now they've moved the business to a studio they will own from a rented location. The company was at Countryside Village for 55 years.
Mervin Reese founded the company in 1952 and launched his career taking portraits of children at clients' homes.
New Benson shop pairs bicycles, coffee
Sarah Johnson, formerly the manager of Greenstreet Cycles, has opened her own combination bike shop/coffee shop in Benson. Omaha Bicycle Co. is at 6015 Maple St.
“You wait for your flat tire to be changed with a latte by the window,” Johnson said.
Johnson left Greenstreet this summer. Working with her in her new shop is mechanic Vincent Asta, also formerly of Greenstreet.
Johnson, an Omaha native who studied broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, used a loan from her uncle and more than $15,000 in capital raised through the online Indiegogo “crowdfunding” platform, to start her own business.
The business offers bike sales and repair and also sponsors weekly rides.
Brakes Plus opens fifth Omaha-area store
A new Brakes Plus store, the automotive service company's fifth Omaha-area location, has opened at 3837 N. 168th St. The family-owned business, which was founded in 1990, operates more than 60 stores in six states.
In addition to servicing brakes, the company also provides complete automotive services and maintenance.
Lotus House of Yoga adds second location
A second Lotus House of Yoga is scheduled to open next month at Midtown Crossing.
Owner Mary Clare Sweet said clients at the new studio can expect the same mix of “sweat, love and om” that characterizes the west Omaha location.
Sweet said Lotus House specializes in “flow yoga” or “moving meditation. The studio employs an eclectic mix of music in its classes, from rock to hip-hop to musicians from Omaha's indie rock scene.
Fareway to open near 90th, Maple
A new Fareway Food Store will open Dec. 5 on 90th Street just north of Maple Street Based in Boone, Iowa, Fareway Stores Inc. operate more than 100 locations in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Nebraska. The grocery chain's stores are closed on Sundays.
Hayneedle to add California facility
Hayneedle, the Omaha-based online retailer of home goods, plans to open a 300,000-square-foot distribution facility in Riverside, Calif., this spring, bringing the company's distribution space to 900,000 square feet.
The company currently has a 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Monroe, Ohio, which it has leased since 2010, a year after it connected all its online niche retailers and rebranded from its original name, NetShops.
With the opening of the new center, Hayneedle said it expects to be able to deliver its products to 90 percent of its customers in two days.
“The West Coast facility is yet another milestone in our growth,” said Tom Clement, vice president of supply chain and logistics.
The center will employ about 20 workers, a number that is expected to double in the next few years.
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