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Restaurant & Retail Updates
Untamed Kitchen opened this week in the Trio Building at 1421 Farnam Street downtown. The locally owned restaurant features “on-the-go healthy meals.” Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Crocs will open its first Nebraska store tomorrow at Nebraska Crossing in Gretna. The casual footwear retailer sells its products in more than 85 countries. Meanwhile, Hey Dude, a footwear retailer owned by Crocs, plans to open its own store at Nebraska Crossing next March.
Manhattan’s Coffee Deli & Grill will open soon on the ground level of a parking garage on the northwest corner of 18th & Farnam Street downtown.
Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar’s first Nebraska location will officially open October 31st at 830 Harney Street in the Brickline Building. The 5,500 sq. ft. eatery serves brunch, lunch and dinner and features a full bar. Asheville, N.C.-based Tupelo Honey’s menu features a modern twist on Southern favorites, such as bone-in, honey-dusted fried chicken, braised beef barbacoa served over stone-ground goat cheese grits and four variations of fried chicken and waffles.
Ooh De Lally is a new restaurant scheduled to open this January in the former Mark’s Bistro location at 4916 Underwood Avenue in Dundee, offering New American cuisine and a few favorites from the former Mark’s menu. The restaurant is owned by a nonprofit organization and will offer formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary industry through a food-service training program. Three trainees each month will work in the restaurant alongside industry professionals
The former Super Saver grocery store at 5710 South 144th Street is being converted into the Hy-Vee Omaha E-Commerce Fulfillment Center. The 84,584 sq. ft. space will be used as a non-storefront food storage and fulfillment center.
Construction is well underway on Nebraska’s first Macadoodles Fine Wine, Beer & Spirits store northeast of 72nd & Grover Street. Missouri-based Macadoodles has existing locations in Missouri and Arkansas. Each store is stocked with 4,000 wine labels and 600 beer varieties. Opening is planned for next spring.
Interior construction is well underway on Spare Time Entertainment’s first Nebraska location in the former Gordman’s store in Lakeside Hills at 172nd & West Center Road. Spare Time will include bowling, arcade games, escape rooms, laser tag, a full restaurant, multiple bars and “elite” suites for private parties. Opening is planned for November, and events are now being booked starting in December. Spare Time has 18 locations in 12 states.
Dunkin’ plans to open a doughnut and coffee shop soon in Waterford Crossing at 15530 Ida Street, according to Oak Investment Real Estate, which leases the building.
Methodist Urgent Care is opening a downtown location in the Barker Building at 312 South 15th Street.
Porsche Omaha moved into its new building northwest of 180th & West Dodge Road a few weeks ago. The building has an indoor, lower level where new inventory and sold cars are stored. Part of the Woodhouse family of dealerships, Porsche was previously located at 66th & L Street.
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Review: The thrill of the hunt is part of the fun at the Asian Market food court
There’s a certain few friends I absolutely know will say yes when I ask them if they want to meet me for lunch at the food court inside the Asian Market on 78th and Dodge Streets.
That’s how I found myself facing down a space — and a menu — much larger than I intended on tackling in the hour we had together.
In fact, the Asian Market food court is selling Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese — and those are just the cuisines I made note of.
Take it from me: It’s going to take a lot more than two lunch-hour visits to find the hidden gems on this menu, of which I am positive exist.
The Asian market at 78th & Cass Street has long been an enjoyable stop for me whenever I’m making homemade broth, am out of Sichuan peppercorns or need fresh lemongrass. In spring 2022, the market expanded, adding a new wing to the north for its section of kitchen supplies, plates, bowls and silverware, and expanding the southeast corner into a full-service kitchen with a walk-up window, a decent sized dining room and several walk-up counters to take prepared food to go. There’s also a boba tea counter.
Both my friend and I were surprised by the sheer size of the food court: More than just a couple tables and so many choices on the menu, including a full menu of hot dishes, a large shelf of baked goods and a sizable selection of takeaway sushi.
The first day, we stuck to the hot menu items: an order of pork dumplings, dan dan noodles, twice cooked pork and my friend’s last minute add on: a Korean cheese dog.
“Well, that’s three dollars’ worth of fun,” my friend said upon arrival of that dog, which we both thought would include a hot dog but was actually a log of hot, molten cheese inside a slightly sweet fried shell, which gave us both a hint of glazed doughnut. It comes served with a side of ketchup, though neither of us used it.
Our two entrees were good enough: An order of dan dan noodles came with a thick peanut sauce that needed mixing in, and though I love steamed bok choy, the two large pieces we got were slightly hard to eat. And twice cooked pork, though a touch fatty, had plenty of flavor, loaded with Sichuan peppercorns, peppers and vegetables. It’s served with hot steamed rice.
Hot pork dumplings are hard to resist, and these are good — flavorful filling, wrappers that seem homemade — served with a tangy soy sauce for dipping. Dumplings here are closer to potstickers than soup dumplings, something worth noting.
Another day, I went back alone to check out the bakery and sushi counters.
There’s a wide array of sushi rolls, most heavily sauced, and I went for the chef’s special that day — the one with the least mayo. I also got kimbap, a Korean dish made from cooked rice, vegetables, fish and meat rolled in gim — dried sheets of seaweed — and served in bite-sized slices.
I’m forever ruined when it comes to any pre-packaged sushi — blame Yoshitomo’s David Utterback — but the fish, for what it is, seems fresh, and the rolls are well-composed, with simple flavors that you’ve had before. Kimbap is a bit different from sushi: the rice is flavored with sesame oil, and the pickled vegetables lend a different flavor and texture. I liked it enough to want to try it again in the future.
The bakery counter, I think, gives the nearby Tous les Jours a run for its money: the selection is similar, and the prices are good. And though the selection experience as a whole is less posh than at the French bakery, the results are just as good. I loved a taro roll, with a swirl of burgundy at its top and a sweet, starchy filling made with the Asian root vegetable.
Also great: A loaf of buttery brioche studded with raisins and cut into thick slices that makes an absolutely killer slice of toast for your at-home weekend brunch.
The last thing I tried was some unusual, hand cut, super crunchy and slightly sweet sesame crackers. My better half was not much of a fan, but I think they’re pretty great alongside a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Was I wowed by any one dish I tried during my visits? Outside of baked goods, no. But the thrill of the hunt – the hunt for that one hidden gem of a dish – will keep me going back for more.
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Above: Mayors of six suburban cities at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Mayoral Forum
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“Land is selling at an incredible rate.”
That quote from Gretna Mayor Mike Evans perfectly characterized discussions this morning at The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce 2023 Mayoral Forum. The mayors of Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Papillion, Ralston and Plattsmouth shared updates and answered questions about growth and development in their cities.
Evans started his overview of fast-growing Gretna by showcasing the Sarpy County city’s booming housing market. Nearly 7,000 residential lots are coming online in Gretna at this time.
“It seems like a lot,” Evans said, “but it’s almost not enough.” While Gretna’s population is just 5,000 now, there are about 30,000 people who live in the Gretna School District. Projections show that Gretna will someday have more than 50,000 people.
Among the development projects Evans highlighted were the recently opened Hy-Vee supermarket at 192nd & Highway 370 (the largest Hy-Vee store in the nation), a Fleet Farm store planned just to the west of Hy-Vee, and of course, the Crossing District. That’s the expansion of Nebraska Crossing that will occur thanks to the Goodlife Transformation Act passed by the legislature earlier this year.
Nebraska’s oldest and third largest city is not standing still either. Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike talked about several projects including the Bridge Flats, a $17 million mixed-use building planned for the city’s downtown core, now known as the “Frontier District.”
Hike also discussed the NC3 project, a $250 million, high-tech office park that will bring government and private users together. The 13-acre project will be located near Highways 75 & 34 on the south side of Bellevue and is expected to create 500 jobs, most of which will have salaries of $120,000 or greater. Groundbreaking is planned for next spring.
Other projects include Bellevue University’s 72,000 sq. ft. athletics building, the $36 million Nebraska National Guard Bellevue Readiness Center, a planned inland port authority, which would incentivize industrial development, and a major entertainment district that would include a water park with a retractable roof.
La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig highlighted progress made on La Vista’s City Centre district, which includes the recently opened Astro music venue located along the east side of 84th Street between Harrison Street and Giles Road.
As one of newest cities in Nebraska, La Vista never had a downtown main street. The city literally grew out of a 320-house residential subdivision platted in the 1950s. When Wal-Mart vacated a large parcel along 84th Street about 19 years ago, La Vista finally had a chance (and a place) to create its own downtown. That’s the void that City Centre now fills.
A couple miles to the west, La Vista recently saw the opening of the CHI Health MultiSport Complex Nebraska in the Southport East area (southeast of Interstate 80 & Giles Road). The complex includes 12 lighted sports fields. Plans are now underway on Phase II, which will include an indoor field house and tennis courts.
Kindig said there will eventually be 1,500 hotel rooms within a quarter mile of the sports complex. In addition to the five hotels already open in La Vista’s Southport area, three more are coming: a 119-room Holiday Inn Express, a 112-room Residence Inn and a yet-to-be-named 151-room hotel next to Smash Park.
Kindig referred to Smash Park as “Dave & Buster’s on steroids.” Construction on the massive entertainment center has been going on for several months now, and opening is planned for next spring. The 30,000 sq. ft. building will have all sorts of entertainment, recreation, food and beverage options. The 15,000 sq. ft. outdoor component will have more of the same.
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The former Ethnic Sandwich Shop building at 13th & Pine Street in Little Bohemia has been demolished. Once the rubble is cleared, work can begin on Sage Capital Real Estate’s Boho Flats project. The 4-story, mixed-use building will have 59 market-rate apartments and 5,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space.
Southwest Airlines will begin daily nonstop service from Omaha to Nashville starting June 4th. The daily flight will be on a Boeing 737, which seats between 143 and 175 passengers. Southwest has operated seasonal service to Nashville for some time. Southwest currently offers daily nonstop flights from Omaha to Atlanta, Chicago Midway, Dallas Love, Denver, Houston Hobby, Orlando, Las Vegas, Phoenix, St. Louis and Washington, DC. Seasonal flights include Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.
Construction has started on a Scooter’s Coffee location next to an existing Jimmy John’s restaurant northwest of 13th Street & Interstate 80 not far from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Just to the west, at 2920 South 13th Court, the former Comfort Inn at the Zoo is being converted into Howard Johnson by Wyndham Hotel.
If it feels like it’s getting more expensive to live in Omaha, it’s because it is. Omaha is the number one market in the United States for fastest apartment rent growth, according to CoStar. Omaha rental rates increased 4.1 percent since the start of 2023. Following Omaha, the other top five markets are Northern New Jersey, Cincinnati, Chicago and Louisville, Ky.
Tommy’s Express Car Wash plans to build a new location on a 1.66-acre parcel northeast of 108th & Giles Road in La Vista, according to Investors Realty.
Oakview Mall is listed for sale again, according to KETV, just a couple years after the property sold for only $7.5 million. The 543,269 sq. ft., 2-level mall sits on 32 acres and is anchored by Dillard’s, J.C. Penney and Rush Market. According to the real estate listing, Oakview is currently 74 percent occupied.
ACCESS Commercial, Sower Investment Partners, and Burlington Capital held a groundbreaking yesterday for their 329-unit, multifamily building on the southeast corner of 48th & Dodge Street. The 5-story building will include a fitness center, remote workspaces, community lounge, theater, media room, outdoor dog run and resort-style pool.
One of the key highlights of the development is the preservation of the historic Pittman Veterinary building, which will serve as the complex’s front entrance. Dr. Arthur B. Pittman, Omaha’s first African American veterinarian, ran a thriving practice in the building from 1948 until his passing in 1990. The building will undergo careful restoration to house the complex’s leasing and management office, preserving its original design.
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Berkshire Hathaway has been steadily increasing its investments in integrated energy company Occidental Petroleum and tech giant Apple, according to Investing.com. Berkshire has been purchasing Occidental shares since 2022, now owning more than 224 million shares. The company has expanded its already considerable $162 billion stake in Apple, a company that controls more than half of the U.S. smartphone market.
Multnomah County, Oregon has chosen HDR as the prime consultant to perform final design services for the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, the $895 million project will replace a century-old structure with a seismically resilient bridge designed to have a 100-year service life.
Two large, Omaha-based medical staffing firms – Fusion and Medical Solutions – have laid off about 10 percent of their employees, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have scaled back their use of temporary workers, because patient demand has decreased since the pandemic ended.
In a recent Mutual of Omaha survey of consumers 60 and older who are not currently enrolled in Medicare, two-thirds say they expect their healthcare costs to be less than $3,000 per year once they enroll. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they can realistically expect to pay, on average, $6,874 for their premiums, copays and out-of-pocket expenses in 2023. That figure is predicted to increase, at minimum, at the same rate as inflation in years ahead.
Farm Credit Services of America has made a $250,000 commitment to the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. The four-year commitment supports EIC’s Egg Industry Research Grant Program.
Dodge Partners Insurance’s Personal Lines Department has received the Travelers Insurance S.T.A.R. award, which recognizes brokerage teams for their customer dedication, professionalism, and partnership with Travelers.
Tenaska and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners have agreed to develop greenfield gigawatt-scale green hydrogen projects, with the intent of serving local and global demand for green hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, sustainable aviation fuel and other clean fuels in key U.S. hydrogen markets.
Omaha Steaks customers can place online orders until December 22nd and still expect products to arrive before Christmas. The company has a specific routing plan in place with FedEx and will add extra dry ice to coolers or alter transit routes to avoid ground transportation delays if needed.
The San Diego Association of Governments selected HDR to lead the next phase of work on its critical San Diego LOSSAN Rail Realignment Project. HDR will lead the environmental clearance and advanced conceptual engineering. HDR has worked with SANDAG since 2020 on the San Diego Regional Rail Alternatives Analysis and Conceptual Engineering Study that set the groundwork for the realignment.
U.S. economic growth surged this summer at the fastest pace since 2021, as consumers spent at a blockbuster rate that will be difficult to sustain, according to the Wall Street Journal. GDP expanded at a 4.9 percent rate in the third quarter, more than double the second quarter pace.
But there are also warning signs. Americans saved less, and their incomes, adjusted for inflation, fell over the summer. Business investment also stalled. Meanwhile, rising long-term interest rates, wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and the possibility of a partial government shutdown could cause economic cracks to emerge.
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While discussing remote employees, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman recently said, “They didn’t work as hard, regardless of what they tell you.” Schwarzman is on the side of people returning to the office, according to Fortune, but he’s skeptical it will ever return to how it once was. Many workers understandably love the new normal.
Meta has been sued by 41 U.S. states for using allegedly addictive features, like infinite scroll and persistent notifications, to hook children on Facebook and Instagram, according to The Hustle. If the attorneys general win, Meta will likely face a sizable financial penalty.
Gig work has accelerated since the pandemic, according to Fortune. Millennials and Gen Zers are side hustling (i.e. Uber, DoorDash, etc.) the most with 4.3 and 3.6 percent of them, respectively, receiving some gig-based income. But it’s apparently not enough according to one Bank of America economist: “The younger generation is actually pulling back in terms of spending versus a year ago, but for Baby Boomers, they’re still spending at a level that’s higher than a year ago.”
It’s a “Richcession” – Sticky inflation, white-collar layoffs, and surging interest rates are all putting pressure on a certain type of American — higher-income earners, according to CNBC. Bank of America’s Consumer Checkpoint Survey for September 2023 found that high-income households have become more pessimistic about the economy. The same group also appears more cautious about spending because of soft wage growth and slowing job creation for high earners.
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Surprising Facts, Figures & Points of Pride That Make Omaha Unique
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Did you know that 10.9 percent of Omaha residents were born outside the United States?
Did you know that Omaha once had prominent citizens by the names of Coffee and Carpenter? Unfortunately, Harry Coffee (1890-1972) did not own a coffee shop, and Isaac Carpenter (1893-1983) didn’t make a living with hammers and nails. Coffee was president of the Union Stockyards, while Carpenter was president of Carpenter Paper Company. Both men were kings of Aksarben. By the way, Omahan George Saltsgiver (1888-1975) was, appropriately, a druggist. (source: Believe It, Omaha or Not! by Howard A. Hamilton).
Did you know approximately 35,500 Omahans work in manufacturing?
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Upcoming Events in the Metro
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Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics on October 27th: Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Omaha. This event features an evening of Halloween classics from Michael Jackson to Danny Elfman. Get in the Halloween spirit and purchase tickets while they’re still available!
Free Friday Movie Nights – Nightmare Before Christmas on October 27th: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard is hosting outdoor movie nights Fridays in the fall. On October 27th, they will be showing the Nightmare Before Christmas for your friends and family to enjoy! The movie will begin playing at dusk and there will be food and drinks available to purchase. Bring your own blanket, chairs and bug spray for your comfort. Come out for an evening of beautiful views and a free movie to enjoy with friends and family.
6th Annual Halloween Bar Crawl on October 27th & 28th: Enjoy your Halloween weekend by venturing into Omaha’s vibrant bar scene in your finest costume! Gain access to special drink deals, an exciting after party and two days of bar-crawl access for the price of a single day. Plus, you can enter the $1,000 grand prize costume contest! Invite a friend and create unforgettable memories this Halloweekend!
Trunk or Treat in the Trees on October 26th, 27th, & 28th: Celebrate Halloween at Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park with a special Trunk or Treat event. Enjoy a delicious dinner, take a scenic hayrack ride around Pelican Wetlands and Crane Meadows, participate in tree-themed games, roast marshmallows and embrace the beauty of the outdoors. Previously known as Howl-o-ween Safari, this event is tailored for families with children aged 3 to 12, although everyone is invited to join. Every attendee will receive a treat bag as a token of appreciation for their presence.
Marigold Lunch & Learn | Gearing Up for the Holiday Season & 2024 on November 2nd: Attend the Lunch & Learn event on November 2, 2023, focusing on “Preparing for the Holiday Season and 2024”. The event includes firsthand accounts from local businesses about their holiday preparations, challenges and successes, offering valuable insights. Participants will receive tailored strategies for the holiday season, engage interactively by sharing experiences and questions, and have networking opportunities to connect with fellow attendees. Join others in gaining valuable knowledge, make connections and potentially find collaboration opportunities.
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Baird Holm partner Lindsay Lundholm has been selected as a 2023 Nebraska State Bar Foundation Fellow. The selection is based on integrity and character, distinction in the profession, contributions to the profession and community, and contributions to the Bar Foundation.
Mindy Chen has been appointed vice president of segment analytics in income & wealth planning at Mutual of Omaha. Before joining Mutual, she was senior director of decision science at Hudl. She has also worked for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society and Frito-Lay, Inc. Chen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from Stanford University.
Wall Street: The Week in Review
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Views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author.
For the past year, the financial media and their Wall Street acolytes have devoted one week a month to catastrophizing about the next Fed proclamation. This week, the flummox de jure was The Fed chairman’s talk at the New York Economics Club. In it he gave the awaiting world an uncharacteristic Freudian slip. He said, and I quote, “The bond market is in control.”
In just three weeks, the bond market – not the Fed – has pushed the yield on the 10-year Treasury from 3.8 percent to just slightly over 5 percent, sending both Mr. Bond Market, and Mr. Stock Market into a tailspin.
The conventional wisdom is that bonds are safe. The answer is “Sorta yes and sorta no.” If you buy a 10-year Treasury bond and hold it to maturity, there is a 100 percent probability that you will get your principal back, along with all the interest payments due to you. In an environment where inflation is benign and interest rates are stable, everything is copacetic.
But when inflation – and it’s ugly step sister, rising interest rates – invade the scene, all bets are off. At maturity. you will get your money back, but its value will be reduced by inflation. And if you sell the bond before it matures, you will receive less than the principal value you paid for it.
Since the time when Moses was a pup, brokers have pushed the notion – and collected handsome fees for it – that the proper asset allocation for retirement funds was a 60/40 bond-stock mix. If the value of your stocks slips, you have the safety of your bonds to prop up your portfolio. But, when both the bond and stock market are in decline, the peanut butter hits the fan.
Where do we go from here? Investing is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. When it comes to retirement funds, investors fall into two major groups. The first are those with a relationship with either a broker or Certified Financial Planner. There is a high probability that their assets are in a robo account that will continue to manage assets in the above formulaic manor.
There is a sizable number of investors with retirement dollars on deposit at a discount/internet brokerage firm A majority of these accounts are self-directed by the account owner. The quarterly earnings report of the internet brokers show that their income declined because their clients moved assets into money market funds that return 5 percent to the investor and nothing to the brokerage firm.
Disclaimer: Everything I have just told you is based on anecdotal evidence from the Wall Street Journal and Barron’s Magazine. The reason I am telling you this is not to convince you that one approach is good and the other evil. My mission is to make you aware of the choices available to the investing public.
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