An indoor shooting range is coming to Bellevue this month.
Bob and Mary Whaling expect Take Aim to be open by the end of May at 3403 Samson Way.
The range will have 10 shooting lanes that can be rented in 30-minute or hour increments. It will not sell or rent guns, Bob Whaling said, but it will sell ammunition. The space will also feature a small bistro-like waiting area with snacks, drinks, free Wi-Fi and a 25-person classroom. It may also be used by law enforcement and military personnel for tactical training.
Whaling said the range will allow the public to train “from the holster,” meaning those with concealed-carry permits may practice pulling their gun from the holster and shooting.
“We want to break the mold of the typical testosterone-filled firing range,” Whaling said, adding that he wants the range to be a family environment that's nice, clean and modern.
Whaling is a retired military law enforcement officer with the U.S. Air Force. He said his wife is “the brains” behind the business.
The building is undergoing extensive construction for safety purposes. He said he polled all of the businesses in the area to make sure they were comfortable with having a shooting range for a neighbor.
“If someone said no, we would have found somewhere else,” he said. — Paige Yowell
Gift, grocery store will close
It's been a long run for Omaha Oriental Food & Gifts — more than three decades — but owner David Ashby is closing the store at 4425 S. 84th St. Declining sales and the rising cost of some imported food led to his decision to close the 4,200-square-foot store.
“The economy has been brutal,” said Ashby, who bought the Japanese gift and grocery business three years ago. “We've had some sales come back, but it has been a little too late.”
Most of the grocery shelves are stocked with Japanese food, but the store also carries food products from China, Indonesia, Thailand and other Asian countries, Ashby said.
Oriental Food & Gifts will be open through May 19, although the date could be extended, he said.
Customers can keep tabs on the final closing day and discounts by checking Facebook.com/OmahaOriental.
The store is offering a 15 percent discount on food items, and 20 to 50 percent discounts on housewares, appliances and gifts.
Ashby is also looking for a home for his “dogs,” two jade foo dogs, which stand 20 inches tall and weigh 140 pounds each. The traditional Asian guard dogs are priced at $5,500 for the pair.
Ashby said he hopes to launch a new venture soon.
Omaha Oriental Food & Gifts is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. — Janice Podsada