Cabela's pulls out of show after organizer drops weapons display

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Cabela's, the Sidney, Neb.-based hunting and outdoor retailer, won't attend or sponsor this year's Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, one of the largest hunting and outdoor consumer shows in North America.

Cabela's pulled out of the show, which will be held Feb. 2-10 in Harrisburg, Pa., after the show's organizer, Reed Exhibitions, said it was dropping a display of assault-type weapons and accessories at this year's event. Reed's announcement came a week after President Barack Obama announced new gun-control measures.

On the outdoor show's website, Reed said that while it “strongly” supports the second amendment .., “this year we have made the decision not to include certain products that in the current climate may attract negative attention that would distract from the strong focus on hunting and fishing at this family-oriented event and possibly disrupt the broader positive experience of our guests.”

On its Facebook page, Cabela's said it would be a no-show at the event, where it traditionally has had a significant presence.

“Due to recent changes made by Reed Exhibitions regarding the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show, Cabela's will no longer sponsor this year's event. After careful consideration regarding Cabela's business practices, and the feelings of our customers, Cabela's will, unfortunately, not have a presence at the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show.”

A Cabela's spokesman did not respond to requests for further comment.

Rockbrook adds Medical spa

Time to retire the tattoo? Bare Body Shop, a new medical spa at 10811 Prairie Brook Road, offers tattoo removal, laser hair removal, facial rejuvenation treatments and other therapies.

The spa's medical staff, which includes nurses and physician assistants, administer laser therapy and other treatments. The Bare Body Shop also offers Botox injections, injectable fillers such as Juvaderm and removal of small facial vessels and redness.

When it comes to tattoo removal, size and color typically determine the course of treatment. Six to 12 laser sessions is the norm, said Angela Cutler, a nurse practitioner at the spa.

For more information go to www.barebodyshop.com.

Rockbrook jeweler plans new name, home

Silversmith Jewelry & Workshop, located at Rockbrook Village, has changed its name to Alletti Jewelry.

“We have been using the Alletti name for our wholesale company and decided we'd like to use it for our retail store as well,” store owner Patra Pakieser said.

Alletti, which means allure in Italian, will continue to offer diamond and precious gemstone jewelry, gold, tungsten and titanium jewelry along with silver jewelry and “some fun things in copper and the new alloys,” Pakieser said.

In March, the store will move from its current location at 2814 S. 110th Court to 11002 Prairie Brook Road. The new store is just “two doors away from the old store,” Pakieser said. “I'm taking over the Omaha Jewelry space at Rockbrook.”

Omaha Jewelry closed last month, a spokeswoman for Rockbrook Village said.

Alletti's new location will have an expanded showroom and a 450-square foot studio for the jewelry and silversmithing classes the retailer offers.

The store's new website is www.allettijewelry.com.

Pier 1 Imports Opens in Papillion

Shadow Lake Towne Center's new Pier 1 Imports store is the retailer's fourth Nebraska location. Pier 1 sells furniture, home accessories and gifts. The store's regular hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Shadow Lake shopping center is located at 7775 Olson Drive in Papillion, and Pier 1 is near Gordmans.

Say Yes to a $25 Dress for a good cause

Max I. Walker Cleaners will sponsor its sixth annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Feb. 9 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at 72nd and Grover Streets.

The fundraising event, which is free to the public, offers formal dresses to anyone — not just Prom-bound teenagers — for $25 cash.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Omaha's Lydia House, which provides emergency services and basic needs for women and families in need, company spokeswoman Sally Morrissey said.

“The partnership with the Lydia House has blossomed year after year, and has been the perfect fit of women and girls helping other women and children in need,” said Lisa Walker-Sekundiak, vice president of Max I. Walker.

The fifth-generation, family-owned company, which operates 24 stores in greater Omaha, has collected 2,000 dresses this year that range in size from 0 to 18, in addition to plus sizes.

“We've got bridesmaids' dresses, tea length dresses and floor length dresses in every color you can imagine,” Morrissey said.

Here's how to snag your dress: The doors open at 9 a.m. and anyone can attend the free event, Morrissey said. Dressing rooms will be available. “There will be lots of nice dresses available all day long.”

A fashion show, featuring more than a dozen models styled by Omaha's T'eez Salon, will begin at 11:30 a.m.

For more information go to www.UltraChicProm.com.

Lotus House of Yoga adds third location

A third Lotus House of Yoga has opened at One Pacific Place at 103rd and Pacific Streets in west Omaha.

Like all the Lotus studios, the new location offers a variety of yoga classes, along with yoga clothing, mats, and accessories.

For more information, go to www.lotushouseofyoga.com.

Planet Fitness opens Ames Avenue location

If a gym that serves pizza sounds like your kind of place, good news. Planet Fitness has opened a second gym in Omaha, near 60th Street and Ames Avenue.

The gym dishes out slices on the first Monday of every month.

“It's there to thank our members for being members,” said manager Mandy Maguire. “If they work hard every month, they deserve that extra cheat meal.”

The 18,000-square-foot facility has about 80 cardio machines and more than 50 pieces of strength equipment and offers a 30-minute full-body circuit and a 12-minute ab circuit.

Planet Fitness does not offer one-on-one personal training, but small group training is available. “We focus on general fitness,” Maguire said. “The majority of our members are first-time gym users.”

Planet Fitness opened its first branch in Omaha, near 132nd Street and West Center Road, in August. For more information, go to www.planetfitness.com/gyms/NE/Omaha_(133rd_Plaza)

World-Herald staff writer Katy Healey contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1142, janice.podsada@owh.com

Correction: A previous version of this article listed an incorrect date for the Ultra Chic Prom Boutique.

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