Papillion downtown gets artsy additions

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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 12:00 am

Two new businesses are coming to downtown Papillion.

The Bell Place Shoppes, where four independent artisans have teamed up to take over the old Bell Building at 134 N. Washington St., will open in mid-January, said one vendor, Lonnie Theer.

Paint-and-sip studio Twisted Vine will open across the street at 123 N. Washington St., a former hardware store, in February, owner Cara Ehegartner said.

Twisted Vine will feature a wine bar, a gift shop with vintage craft and gift items and a space for painting classes. Initially, Ehegartner said, the shop will focus on canvas painting classes but will branch out to offer other crafting classes, such as jewelry or candle making.

Ehegartner said she and her husband, Bill, chose the space in downtown Papillion for its character and historic feel. “We’re not wanting to change (the space), just kind of merge the old and the new. And drink a little wine while we’re at it.”

The Bell Place Shoppes will include six small spaces, four of which have been leased. Theer’s shop, the Sawdust Factory, will sell exotic wood products and contemporary wood furniture. LOOManations, owned by Dana Smith, sells handmade baby and children’s clothes for photos — think beanie hats and little booties. Another shop, N-E Things Country, will sell refurbished furniture and country gifts, and Photo Art will offer custom hand-painted illustrations based on photos. Owner Kim Shaw takes photos and has them reprinted on canvas, then paints over the photo, Theer said.

Theer said the vendors are moving from the Old Ralston Granary so they can be more in charge of their marketing. “I think that’s going to be really be good for us.”

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