The renovated Omar Baking building at 4383 Nicholas St. has a new tenant: Omaha Advertising moved into a three-person office in the building Monday.
The company previously operated out of owner Kurt Goetzinger's Benson-area home.
“It was a tough decision to leave Benson, but the opportunity to become involved in another nearby neighborhood's revival is great,” said Goetzinger, who is also the president of the Benson Business Association.
Goetzinger expects to hire two people at the beginning of May, one full-time employee and an intern, he said.
Other businesses located in the building include crossfit gym Fit Farm, nonprofit Project Interfaith, a Heartland Workforce Solutions office and Granite Doctor, among others. “It's almost like its own neighborhood,” Goetzinger said.
Goetzinger grew up near the former bakery and remembers his mother giving him money to buy items at the store. “It kind of had a sentimental place in my heart since I was a kid,” he said.
The building was renovated into office, warehouse, arts and event spaces by owner Ray Trimble in 2008. The facility is also home to the Omar Arts & Events center, the venue for the 2014 Omaha Fashion Week.