Joann, the national fabric and craft store, is opening a new location in Omaha — and it will feature more than just your craft supplies.
The company said this will be one of its first stores to feature new elements, including craft space for taking classes and working on projects, tools available to rent and sewing services, including custom sewing.
“Research has proven our stores have become much more than a place to buy things — customers are looking to learn, explore and most importantly, share their creative journey,” said Chris DiTullio, a senior vice president at Joann’s. “We have built the new Omaha store specifically to enhance and encourage the full experience, from helping customers find inspiration, to celebrating the finished project with them.”
The grand opening will be at the store location, 13415 West Center Road, this weekend starting with a ribbon-cutting at 8:45 a.m. Friday.
There are two other Joann stores in the metro area, in Bellevue and Council Bluffs. The Ohio-based chainhas more than 865 stores in 49 states.
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In 1935, around neon's heyday, the family-owned company Signworks (then called Neon Products Co.) opened in Omaha. Their specialty was, of course, neon. Everything from big business signs to blinking billboards to behind-the-bar novelty items. The family even owned a neon car (pictured above). The car rode low because of the weight of all the transformers needed to light up the neon.
The neon on the Brodkey Jewelers building, formerly at 16th and Harney Streets.
La Casa Pizzaria at 45th and Leavenworth Streets. The sign, featuring the mustachioed, mandolin-playing mascot Peppi, was designated a historical Omaha landmark in 2003.
Bronco's at 4540 Leavenworth St.
Charlie Graham Body & Services at 42nd and Leavenworth.
Omaha Lace Laundry Cleaners at 50th and Leavenworth Streets.
Neon sign created by Signworks for Joe Tess Place in South Omaha.
Neon sign created by Karen Chaka of Neon Jungle for Omaha’s Kaitei restaurant.
Howard Street Wine Merchant.
Neon sign created by Signworks for El Dorado Restaurante Mexicano in South Omaha.
Yoshitomo, 6009 Maple St.
Neon sign created by Karen Chaka of Neon Jungle for Ralston's Village Bar.
Miller Electric Company sign at 2501 St. Mary's Ave.
Sullivan’s Bar, at 40th and Farnam Streets.
Rob Robertson, left, and Bob Buys of Omaha Neon Sign Company, watch as the Q from Qwest Center is taken away.
In this 2013 photo, workers were removing the Roberts sign and to replace it with Hiland Dairy at 2901 Cuming St. The Roberts sign was one of the oldest its maker, Signworks, established in 1935, had on file.
A lot of great signs, those quirky cornerstones that felt essential to their neighborhood, had to go when their businesses called it quits. Like Chu's Chop Suey House Cocktail Lounge on Center Street.
A lot of great signs, those quirky cornerstones that felt essential to their neighborhood, had to go when their businesses called it quits. Like Harry Watts Pet O'Mine Shop, which used to be at 42nd and Leavenworth.