Dundee’s Hello Holiday is saying goodbye.
The clothing boutique at 5008 Underwood Ave. known for promoting independent designers, including the one behind the “Girls Support Girls” and “Boys Support Girls” T-shirts, is closing. The store’s last day will be Nov. 1.
Owners Megan Hunt and Sarah Lorsung-Tvrdik announced the news on social media Thursday.
In an interview Friday, the women said that retail sales were still strong but that they had other interests to pursue and felt too stretched.
Both are mothers. And both have other occupations. Hunt is serving her first term as a Nebraska state senator representing north-central Omaha. Lorsung-Tvrdik is part-owner of the Benson bar Krug Park with husband Jonathan and the Tiny House bar in Little Bohemia, south of downtown. She also does brand consulting.
The store with its big picture window gave the women a platform for various causes. Hunt said the store also provided a community for new and emerging designers and a range of customers.
Some other things contributed to the decision to close. Their lease was coming up in January. A couple of employees moved or moved on. Changes were happening in their specialty retail landscape — not Amazon as much as designers cultivating their own direct sales through individual social media channels.
And they were tired and wanting to do other projects.
“I’m human,” said Hunt, 33. “I worry a little bit about burnout.”
Lorsung-Tvrdik, 34, said that the timing was right and that both feel “really lucky to be able to close on our own terms … (not) because we have to.”
The pair will continue to support designers and causes, like the ACLU and immigrant rights. They are proud of their business and the way the store catered to a variety of customers, such as carrying a range of sizes — up to 4X — and products, including handmade silk dresses from Spain and stickers and pins for the after-school crowd.
The women said they’ve been inundated with kind words from supporters.
One was Chelsea Dunham, who thanked the pair on Twitter for creating a space for female leaders.
“I’ve loved watching you build this business and community,” she said. “I will be sad to see the store close.”
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The house was built in 1911. The family added a patio on the east side.
The living room of the Dundee home. Barbara Green is sorting through her books, many of which will be sold.
The fireplace in the living room.
A detail of the fireplace.
A picture of the interior of the home in 1930.
Barbara Green and her husband Patrick were amazed by all the details, such as this antique door knob, when they bought the house in 2000.
Barbara Green will be moving to Rockbrook, where she won't have to deal with stairs anymore.
Iron grills in the house came from a museum. In a 1935 article, Monsignor Joseph Suneg said he picked up pieces of iron work for a song.
Barbara Green shares some stories about the house she's lived in since 2000. There are no ghosts, she says.
They kept this wooden beam in the kitchen when it was remodeled.
The kitchen was remodeled.
The eating area of the kitchen.
A custom hood for the kitchen.
Doors leading from the sunroom to the backyard.
The ceiling of the sunroom at the back of the house is one of Barbara Green's favorite features. Monsignor Suneg added the room.
The sunroom is painted a rich green.
Mimi got some kennel time with guests in the house.
The stairs down to the sunroom, where Mimi spends most of her time.
This is how the sunroom looked in 1935. The chandelier came out of the old Burlington station.
Beams in the dining room.
"Sunlight,'' a piece of art done by Tacy Bieglow, a family member.
One of the original light fixtures.
A carving in the entry, which Barbara Green believes are Roman soldiers. There are four in the house.
Penny tile in the front entry.
There's original features everywhere.
Barbara Green thinks these are Roman soldiers.
Barbara Green's favorite place to read and look out over the neighborhood.
A goodbye photo that Barbara Green's husband received when he retired as a Creighton law professor.
The second-floor library.
A painting in the second-floor library.
A cross is built into the brick of the house.
The exterior of the house is Klinker brick. Barbara Green says the bricks were made in a very hot fire that created different shapes and colors. "It was very popular in the art deco period in the 1920s,'' she said.
The historic Dundee house includes a garage.
A decorative fixture over the driveway.
The family added a courtyard on the east side of the house.
Stepson Chris will be moving with Barbara Green to Rockbrook.
A Dundee light pole outside the home.
Barbara Green in her garden. A landscaper designed the yard.