Omaha is new canvas for Lee Douglas Interiors

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am

Lee Douglas Interiors, a full-service interior design firm that also sells furniture and accessories, has opened an Omaha store at 12100 W. Center Road, Suite 1101, in Bel Air Plaza.

The retailer, which was founded in Lincoln, opened its first store there in 1989. Lee Douglas offers services to designers, builders and commercial and residential clients. Its faux finish and mural division provide furniture and cabinet finishing, wall texturing and create custom original artwork.

Owner Lorele Lesoing invites anyone to walk in and explore the store.

“You can find a chair or a piece of artwork that you can take home today or you can work with a designer,” Lesoing said.

Both the Omaha and Lincoln stores are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and Saturdays 11 a.m to 3 p.m.

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Injury screenings for runners

Ready to run? The Peak Performance store at 2913 S. 168th St. will provide free performance injury screenings for runners on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The new southwest Omaha store is one block south of 168th Street and West Center Road in the Armbrust Village shopping center.

Screenings will be performed by Eric Horstman and Marisa Gulizia, physical therapists at the Athletes' Training Center in Omaha.

Screenings will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing.

Runners of all levels are welcome, including those training for the Lincoln Marathon and Half-Marathon scheduled for May 5. For more information about the free screenings, go to Information about Peak Performance can be found at


Site readied for Bluffs Walmart

The landscape on North 16th Street in the Bluffs Northway Shopping Center in Council Bluffs is changing drastically in preparation for a new Walmart Supercenter. A motel building has been razed, and workers are tearing down the former Gordmans store, said Steve Carmichael, Council Bluffs' chief building official.

Within weeks, construction should begin on the Supercenter, which will offer 186,523 square feet of retail space with 853 parking stalls. The building is being constructed by Oakview Construction of Red Oak, Iowa, and is expected to be open in early 2014.

The store will feature a pharmacy, grocery, bakery, deli, optical and seasonal items including lawn and garden products. The entry will face the south and feature large grassy areas as part of the retailer's new look. This will be Council Bluffs's second Walmart store.

The development will benefit from 12 years of city tax-increment financing. Property taxes the city normally would receive from the land are given to the retailer to help pay for the project.


Massage Envy coming to Bellevue

Sheila Eriksen used to help massage therapists find work. Now, she's going to employ them.

About 13 massage therapists will work at the new Massage Envy that Eriksen is opening in Bellevue at Twin Creek Plaza, 36th Street and Highway 370. Eriksen said the spa is expected to open in May.

Eriksen formerly worked in the career college industry, helping recent graduates, including massage therapists, find employment. Massage Envy was an employer that she worked with closely, spurring her interest in the company.

“I wanted to do something a little bit different,” she said. Plus, Eriksen said, the traveling required by her previous career was taking a toll on her family.

Eriksen is in the process of hiring 13 full-time massage therapists, four full-time front desk associates, a manager and two full-time estheticians.

Eriksen said Omaha is covered by its four locations, but she thought Sarpy County was underserved. Massage Envy offers massages and facials based on a membership business model.


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