Introducing city's first illy coffee bar
Omaha has its first coffee bar slash clothing store.
Shop-a-Latte is serving illy coffee, a well-known Italian roast, inside the newly remodeled Togs Boutique in the Shops of Legacy, 16950 Wright Plaza.
Owner Traci Saitta bought Togs in January 2011. She first had illy coffee in Los Angeles, and decided to meld the Italian coffee and her shop together. Shop-a-Latte is the first illy coffee bar in Omaha.
The bar is at the front of the store and serves espresso, lattes and fruit smoothies, along with its signature drink, the Audrey Hepburn, a mix of espresso, vanilla, steamed milk, whipped cream and a caramel drizzle. The rest of the space is filled with clothing.
There are two parking spaces in front of the store reserved for to-go coffee orders, and the coffee shop opens at 6 a.m. during the week, at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The clothing store opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon Sunday.
Coffee lovers can also text their order to 402-960-8129 and when you get to the shop, a barista will deliver it to your car.
Catering venture ‘a natural fit'
M's Pub and Vivace now are catering large events at the Om Center in the Old Market.
Restaurant owner Ron Samuelson and his business partner Ann Mellen have partnered with Om Center owner Sandy Aquila to cater wedding receptions, business events, anniversaries or other special events for up to 120 diners.
Chef Bobby Mekiney, who has been at both restaurants for 10 years, will create the food.
Samuelson said the catering venture has been a long time coming. He said M's can handle parties of up to 20 people and Vivace can handle around 50 diners, though both places regularly get requests for groups twice that size.
“It's a natural fit,” he said.
For more information or to reserve the space, contact Becca Thompson at 402-342-2050.
‘CreativiTEA' will be rewarded
Tea lovers, take note: The Tea Smith is giving you a chance to make your own custom blend, and if it's the best out there they'll sell it in their Omaha stores this fall.
The “CreativiTEA” tea blending competition is part of the Tea Smith's eighth annual open house on Sept. 15 and 16, but the contest begins Sunday and runs through the 21st.
Participants can get creative and make their own blends, then submit them for judging. The top four teas, as judged by Tea Smith staff, will be featured in the stores, and the public can vote on which one they like best. The winning tea will be featured as a selection, and a portion of its sales will go toward a charity of the winner's choice.
People who want to enter the contest can learn more about making a tea blend during a master tea blending and flavoring class with Tim Smith, the chief tea maker at the shop, on Sept. 15 and 16. The event also will feature a cooking demonstration from Jillian Mahl.
The Sept. 15 event takes place at the Tea Smith's 78th and Dodge Streets location and the Sept. 16 event at the Old Market location, 1118 Howard St.
New Egg and I shows Husker spirit
The Egg and I Restaurant is opening a second Omaha location with a special deal.
The new location is at 3605 N. 147th St. in the Lowe's Center at Grayhawk. It and all the other Nebraska locations will offer the Big Red Burrito for $9.79 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the duration of Nebraska football season.
The burrito has a filling of sirloin steak, potatoes, eggs and bacon inside a flour tortilla, then is topped with house-made pork green chili, jack and cheddar cheese, sour cream and a red letter “N” made of tortilla.
The second Omaha location opens Monday.