After just eight months in downtown Papillion, local décor boutique The Faintest Breeze has outgrown its current location.
Lindsay and Scott Pilgrim opened the shop at its current location behind KB’s Food Shops on May 1 after spending time renovating and readying the building.
Now, the couple will move their shop a bit closer to the heart of downtown to a 2,000-square-foot building at 213 N. Jefferson St. The building will again require some work from the couple, who hope to hold a grand opening at the new location on Feb. 1.
With a larger location, new ideas are also in the works. The front half of the boutique will continue to be a retail shop, while the back half of the Jefferson Street location will be a communal artisan workshop.
“I just feel like this area of town really doesn’t have an established art community,” Pilgrim said.
Though the art community may not be as established as those of Blackstone, Dundee and Old Market districts of Omaha, downtown Papillion is home to many artsy shops.
“This part of town is just so infatuated with the art scene,” Pilgrim said.
Soon, the public will be able to enter The Faintest Breeze and find artists in their natural element, as well as take different types of art classes.
Artists will rent a work space in the building and during open hours, the community will be able to come in and watch the artists work. Artists will also be invited to host two classes a month, if they choose to.
The workshop area will be able to host four or five artists at a time. Pilgrim has found three artists already and is looking for two more.
“I just feel like it gives the artists an opportunity to really meet their consumers and interact with them...have face-to-face time and open up their world to non-artist people,” Pilgrim said.
She believes the opportunity will allow community members to meet the people behind the products they enjoy, as well as make them feel like part of the art world, if even for an evening or afternoon.
Pilgrim will also offer do-it-yourself type classes for all skill levels at The Faintest Breeze’s new location on topics including repainting furniture and more.
“I want to create a really fun environment to get together, learn about art and share life with each other,” Pilgrim said.
While the location, artisan workshop and DIY classes are all new, Pilgrim said the products and style of the boutique will not change.
“We want to kind of be one cohesive space,” Pilgrim said of the retail and workshop pieces. “I’m going for the same vibe, kind of handcrafted and local. We’re going to support the same things, but just be bigger and better.”
Throughout the move, The Faintest Breeze will remain open at 325 S. Adams St. Hours remain Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shop is closed on Sunday and Monday.
“The community has responded fantastically,” Pilgrim said. “Everybody that walks in loves the stuff. Everything in the store we really believe in and we believe in the artists behind them as well. It’s been really fun, it’s awesome to be a part of Papillion.”