The milkman may be a less common sight these days, but now there's another kind of Omaha-based deliveryman who will bring a bag of beans to your door every week.
Each Friday, Tom Dancer, co-owner of Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee, delivers the specialty coffees he roasts himself to customers in the Omaha metropolitan area. Customers can order weekly or twice-monthly deliveries at www.tapdancerscoffee.com.
Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee will be at the Aksarben Holiday Market at 67th and Center Streets from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, offering free brewed samples of their various coffees.
“We don't have a storefront, so we do free door-to-door delivery,” said Dancer, who roasts his coffees every Thursday in small 15-pound batches at the company's warehouse at 4341 S. 90th St.
A coffee aficionado since his college days, Dancer, 56, always dreamed of becoming a retail coffee roaster, and even wrote a business plan several years ago. But it wasn't until he was laid off last December from TD Ameritrade that he took the plunge and launched his coffee roasting company in March.
All of Tap Dancers' specialty coffees, except one, are single-origin coffees, meaning they come from one specific geographic region or farm, he said. The only blend the company sells is espresso, said Maxine Dancer, who co-owns the company with her husband.
“Specialty-grade coffees are not allowed to have flaws in them,” Maxine Dancer said. “They only pick the ripe beans.” Jitters and upset stomachs, she said, are the result of coffee that includes unripe and overripe beans.
When it comes time to roast, “that's an art,” she said. “You have to babysit the beans. ... I leave that to Tom.”
Stationery maker adds website
Several of Lesley Pick's girlfriends were getting married. But her friends couldn't find the wedding stationery they wanted, so they asked Pick, a graphic designer, to design their invitations. Pick set up an office in the house she shared with her sister. And her business, Inclosed Studio, was born.
Ads in wedding magazines and referrals kept her busy creating custom invitations, which she then turned over to a commercial digital printer for production.
Four years ago, Pick purchased a small platen press made in 1896. “It had a foot pedal on it. Now we have a motor on it.” The popular-again letterpress printing involves a design made into a plate, inked and then pressed into paper, creating a three-dimensional impression.
Pick, 32, has since acquired two larger platen presses and now does all the studio's printing on vintage presses at the company's workshop at 1330 Mike Fahey Street in Omaha.
Inclosed LetterPress and Paper Goods Shop recently expanded its business, adding an e-commerce site at www.inclosedstudio.com to give the business a “retail side.”
Customers can use the website's tools to customize any of Inclosed's 17 pre-designed wedding invitation packages. Custom paper choices can be requested. Inclosed also creates original designs by appointment.
Slide show at Backwoods store
Backwoods, an Austin, Texas-based outdoor gear and apparel store, will present its annual Backwoods Adventures slide show at the company's Omaha store at 304 N. 78th St. on Tuesday. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the slide show begins at 7 p.m., showcasing images from this year's trips and details about planned 2013 trips.
On Dec. 9, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the store will host a holiday party with food, drinks, music and discounts.
Office furnishings store 'under one roof'
BOLD Office Solutions, which offers office furnishings and corporate moving, storage and design services, has moved to a new, larger location at 4526 F St.
The new facility features a showroom and warehouse with climate-controlled storage spaces, said owner Jay D. Bolding, who founded the store in 2009. He said the new location allows the company to bring all of its offerings “under one roof.”
Baker's to remodel 72nd and Ames store
Baker's Supermarket at 72nd Street and Ames Avenue will undergo a major remodeling.
The project, which includes redecorating and redesigning the grocery store's layout, will expand the store's floral and health and beauty departments, upgrade the deli department and add a new hot foods case and beverage center, among other renovations. Energy-efficient dairy, meat and seafood cases will also be installed.
Major renovations will begin after the holidays, and the project is scheduled for completion in the spring, said Sheila Lowrie, a company spokeswoman.
Handcrafts store opens in La Vista
Been wracking your brain trying to figure out where to buy a pillow that looks like an owl? Your search is over.
Odd Bird Collective, 7125 Harrison St. in La Vista, opened its doors Friday. Kylie Kaipust, 28, a Bellevue East graduate, was preparing to open an online store through Etsy but felt demand for a brick and mortar store instead.
“I met so many artists that I realized didn't have a place to sell their goods besides craft fairs.” Jewelry, clothing, wall decor, owl pillows and more fill the store.
For more on the store, visit oddbirdco.com.
This report includes material from the World-Herald News Service.
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