The Old Market's Second Chance Antiques & Collectibles will move in a few months — the latest address change in the business's 42-plus years.
This time, however, Second Chance's founder-owner Susan Hoffman Brink won't be making the move.
She died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center from complications of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for lung cancer, said her husband, Robert Brink of Omaha. She was 67.
Susan Brink's interest in the antique business started in childhood.
“She developed a love for antiques through her parents, who collected. Once she became involved with antiques, she was completely involved with that,” he said.
“Her particular area of expertise was vintage clothing,” her husband said. She also was quite knowledgeable about architectural salvage and glassware.
Those items were not what Susan Brink collected for herself, though.
“She had a huge collection of Omaha ephemera,” he said. Included are programs from long-gone Omaha opera houses, postcards and more, some dating to the 1870s, he said.
Susan Brink frequently met notables who came into the store at its various Old Market locations over the years. Robert Brink detailed some of the encounters:
» “Goldie Hawn spent almost an hour talking to my wife. She was very, very personable.”
» Liberace bought an item.
» George Takei of the original “Star Trek” television series, singer-comedian Bette Midler and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor were among the stars who poked around in Second Chance.
Susan Brink was born in Omaha but grew up wherever her father's military career took the family. She returned to her birthplace, however, to earn a bachelor's degree in art education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Second Chance soon will be moving to 1405 Harney St., an address just outside the Old Market.
“She was delighted by the idea of moving to the Corey-McKenzie Building. My wife has always loved that building,” Robert Brink said. “I'm sure she would think that she was helping to pull the Old Market west.”
Besides her husband of 39 years, other survivors include son Travis Brink, daughter Elysia Jarvis and one granddaughter, all of Omaha.
Funeral services will begin at 7 p.m. today at Kremer Funeral Home, 6302 Maple St.
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