It all started with a hutch.
A wooden mid-century piece that Nick Huff, 26, and Brandon Beed, 29, found for sale in Lincoln when they were scouting for furniture for their homes.
“And then we started buying more than we needed,” Huff said.
Saturday, the pair will debut their new store — fittingly named hutch — at 9 a.m. in the Old Market in the basement of McLovin, a clothing store for men at 1012 Howard St. The store will offer a wide range of more than 100 mid-century pieces (think “Mad Men”) including lamps, couches, dining tables, credenzas and, of course, hutches.
Huff said he and Beed found most of the furniture at estate sales, auctions and in ads, but also through referrals. They both have full-time jobs, but will be available at the store on weekends and some lunch hours. The rest of the time, purchases can be made by appointment.
The store will also offer furniture rental for vintage-themed parties, weddings, engagement photos and more.
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Huff said right now, the store is “just for fun,” but he and Beed may hire someone to run the store if it's successful.
“A lot of other people just don't have time to find this stuff, so it's exciting for us to find it and share with everyone,” Huff said.
Cody gets grocery store
A village of about 150 people along Highway 20 in north-central Nebraska has a grocery store for the first time in more than a decade.
Circle C Market celebrated its grand opening in Cody, Neb., on May 24. Before there was a store, residents of Cody had to drive one way nearly 40 miles to Valentine to purchase groceries. Cody is about 330 miles northwest of Omaha, between Valentine and Gordon.
The idea grew out of a student-run nonprofit called Cowboy GRIT, an acronym for Growing, Revitalizing, Investing and Teaching.
In March 2011, the Cowboy GRIT Steering Committee negotiated with the Nebraska Games and Parks Commission to lease land for the store. The commission owns the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail that follows a former railroad corridor.
The store, which is made with straw bales, was built by local volunteers, students, Cody-Kilgore Unified School, the Village of Cody. Labor was contracted through grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Sherwood Foundation, Catholic Campaign for Human Development and donations.
Gov. Dave Heineman said that the students of Cody-Kilgore Unified Schools were “one of the reasons that I am hopeful and optimistic about Nebraska's future.”