Retail Wrap-up: Shoe repair shop finds new home after 30 years

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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 am

Palma Shoe Repair, a fixture at Countryside Village for more than 30 years, has moved to a new location near 108th Street and West Center Road.

The repair shop is now located at 10811 Elm St., longtime owner Gary Kirkpatrick said.

The move was a good next step, Kirkpatrick said. “I'm not in the basement anymore, I'm on the main floor.”

Palma is located in the storefront that formerly housed Sneaker Cobbler. Kirkpatrick said he purchased Sneaker Cobbler after the owners expressed an interest in retiring.

In addition to shoe repair, Kirkpatrick repairs purses and leather coats and replaces zippers.

Sugar Bakers to mark 30 years

Sugar Bakers Gifts & Gourmet will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at its two Omaha stores with drawings, refreshments and a discount: Customers will receive 20 percent off their total purchase, owner Pat Rathert said.

The two stores are located at 2758 S. 129th Ave. and 1211 S. 180th St.

Both locations offer everything for the kitchen, including coffee, tea, gourmet foods, cookbooks, glassware, Nebraska-made products and other gifts.

“We pride ourselves on having 90 percent USA-made products,” said Rathert. Her secret for staying in business for 30 years? “Treat customers like they're coming into our home,” and keep in mind, “the cash register is the boss.”

Cupcake shops to mark one year

Gigi's Cupcakes of west Omaha celebrates its one-year anniversary today with, what else — cupcakes. Four new flavors, in fact.

Gigi's will hold an anniversary Fall Menu Tasting Party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to down apple cider and sample the new flavors — pumpkin white chocolate, apple pie, bananas foster and German chocolate — as well as other bakery favorites. Visitors can enter a drawing to win a year's worth of free cupcakes.

The Gigi's franchise, located at 16811 Burke St. at Village Pointe, was opened a year ago by longtime west Omaha residents Grant and SuZanne Rogers. Gigi's is based in Franklin, Tenn.

The cup-cakery also offers mini-cupcakes and gluten-free cupcakes.

Surveillance store to open

SilverHammer Surveillance will open its first store Friday near 26th and Harney Streets. The company offers a range of surveillance systems and equipment, including cameras, for businesses, law enforcement officers and homeowners.

Owner George Langabeer launched SilverHammer in 2008 as a side business he operated from his home. The new 700-square-foot office and showroom is located at 2615 Harney St. Langabeer, a former loss-prevention manager at several retail stores, will have an array of surveillance systems on display.

Surveillance systems are affordable alternatives to security systems, said Langabeer. Surveillance systems can be self-monitored from a monitor or wireless devices such as tablets and smartphones, serve as a theft deterrent and provide evidence for law enforcement, he said.

Refreshments will be served at the store's grand opening from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Website, outlet mall pair up

Nebraska Crossings Outlet in Gretna is pairing with StyleSleek.com, a Chicago-based website that offers free “personalized” online style advice.

The outlet mall's developers, Rod Yates and Frank Krejci, are creating a “mobile-first” shopping experience that enables consumers who opt in to the network to interact with their favorite brands. StyleSleek will become part of that network, which is being developed by CenturyLink, Salesforce.com and Conference Technologies Inc.

Visitors to StyleSleek.com are presented with a series of images to choose from. Their choices then are used to generate a style palette that also recommends specific fashions and brands.

StyleSleek's chief executive, Tyler Spalding, said the website is working with more than 150 retailers.

The 350,000-square-foot outlet mall, located at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Nebraska Highways 6 and 31, is scheduled to open Nov. 15 with 65 outlet and factory stores and eateries.

Hayneedle, website link up

Hayneedle, the Omaha-based online retailer of home goods, said this week it will partner with ClementineDaily.com, a new website that offers fashion, food, beauty and style advice geared toward women.

Clementine Daily, which debuted this week, will feature Hayneedle's products on its own website and contribute to Hayneedle.com's recently launched online Style Gallery. The gallery's “Styleboards” — online showrooms — feature decorating ideas and products, “how-to” advice and online showrooms to help customers revamp or redecorate every room in the house, as well as the patio. Products are available online at Hayneedle.com.

The Styleboards are created by contributing designers, who now include Clementine Daily's editors, and other designers such as HGTV.com's Brian Patrick Flynn, Meg Biram and Chelsea Horsley from Copy Cat Chic.

Clementine Daily's staff “has a really strong background in design that we wanted to tap into,” said Jennifer Kros-Dorfmeyer, Hayneedle's brand marketing manager.

One of the nation's largest online retailers, Hayneedle's headquarters and customer service operations are based in Omaha. The company employs more than 600 people.

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