Scooter's Coffee will be on one local grocery store's shelves Tuesday and you'll soon find their latest offering, Scooter's Chocolate Espresso Meltaways, at all Scooter's locations.
Various Scooter's bagged whole bean and ground coffees will be available at Hy-Vee's 132nd Street and West Dodge Road location. Heidi Bedlan, Scooter's national accounts manager, said flavors will include the Omaha-based coffee chain's whole bean and ground signature Scooter's and Ethiopian blends. The chain's ground Scooter Doodle cinnamon caramel and hazelnut blends will also be available, along with its whole-bean Husker and Big Red varieties.
You'll also be able to find Scooter's holiday coffee gift baskets at the store, many of which include the new line of chocolates.
Scooter's and Bakers Candies have forged a partnership to create Scooter's Chocolate Espresso Meltaways. The chocolates, which are infused with Scooter's espresso, will be sold at all Scooter's locations, Walgreens, Bakers Candies retail stores and bigredcoffee.com.
"We are thrilled to be part of a historic partnership between two prestigious Nebraska brands," said Todd Baker, general manager of Bakers Candies.
Scooter's was founded in 1998 in Bellevue and Bakers was founded in Greenwood in 1987.
The new Village Pointe Toyota dealership - formerly Old Mill Toyota - is now open at 18201 Cuming Street.
The 7.8-acre auto dealership, just northwest of the 180th Street and West Dodge Road intersection, is owned by the Van Tuyl Group.
The new dealership is able to display 550 new cars and provides 100 parking spaces for customers and staff, triple the capacity of the former Old Mill Toyota dealership, which it replaces.
The new 57,000-square-foot building, which was designed by Omaha's Purdy & Slack Architects, features a mix of glass and aluminum composite panels.
Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FedEx and UPS aren't the only delivery services that might be worried about the possibility of drones ferrying your Amazon orders.
Santa's reindeer aren't happy about the announcement, and Omaha-based Fat Brain Toys recently came out in support of Santa's tried and true delivery helpers.
"The Elves" at Fat Brain Toys wrote a letter, declaring their commitment to reindeer delivery, to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who said in a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday that the company was experimenting with drone delivery.
"While Amazon is generally applauded for its innovative use of technology, we are deeply troubled by your latest so-called innovation - delivery by drone," the Fat Brain Toys letter reads.
"First you went after the bookstores. Then you went after Main Street. Then you targeted the big box stores. But now you've gone too far, with your decision to target reindeer. Yes, reindeer. For hundreds of years, Santa, with the assistance of his trusty reindeer, has been reliably delivering gifts to children the world over. Sure, there's been the occasional mix-up or late delivery, but by and large, Santa's track record speaks for itself."
It then urged its customers to join the cause by using #savethereindeer on Twitter.
And the elves created this video with a reindeer using its laser eye to shoot down a drone in a fiery explosion.
Reveal Salon & Spa in West Omaha will hold a grand opening and holiday open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The salon is located at 15505 Ruggles St., Suite 107.
The grand opening features prizes and giveaways and refreshments compliments of Fuddruckers and Ragazzi.
And from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. visitors can receive a complimentary photo with Santa Claus.
The salon and spa, which opened in July, offers hair services including cuts, coloring and Aveda botanical conditioning treatments.
The salon also offers full waxing services, facials, micro-dermabrasion and massage therapy.
Santa Claus doesn't take a break until after Christmas, so why should department stores?
Kohl's Department Stores said today they will keep the doors open for more than 100 hours straight, from 6 a.m. Dec. 20 to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based chain, which offers men's, women's and children's apparel and accessories and home decor, operates 1,158 stores in 49 states, including five stores in the Omaha area.
"Kohl's is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last-minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl's stores right up to Christmas Eve," said Michelle Gass, Kohl's chief customer officer.
Omaha-based Lone Mountain Truck Leasing announced it reached a milestone after recently signing over truck title No. 1,000 to an independent owner-operator.
The organization generally leases and sells used trucks and currently is leasing more than 3,000 trucks to prospective owners.
Company officials expect that figure to continue to grow.
"When we started at Pacific Junction (Iowa) we were only leasing about 20 trucks a month," said Tom Crimmins, director of IT and marketing at Lone Mountain.
The company moved its back-office operations to Omaha in February 2011 and is now signing 100 truck leases a month, Crimmins said.
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry today announced the election of the association's leadership for 2014.
Chris Roth, president and CEO of Reinke Manufacturing Co. in Deshler, will serve as the chamber's new chairman. Roth will begin his duties Jan. 30 at the chamber's annual meeting in Lincoln.
He succeeds Brian Hamilton, president of Beardmore Chevrolet in Bellevue, as the state chamber's top elected officer. Kimberly Russel, president and CEO of Bryan Health in Lincoln, is the chairwoman-elect.
Construction is well underway in the Old Market on a new apartment building at 13th and Jones Streets.
World-Herald reporter Cindy Gonzalez wrote about the project in June.
Jones 13 is expected to be completed by August of 2014. It will include 100 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments with monthly rents ranging from $750 to $1,300. Darland Construction, based in Omaha, is the builder.
Does outlet shopping make you hungry?
The Burger Star and Big Cheese restaurants under construction at Nebraska Crossing Outlets in Gretna are expected to open Dec. 16, said Greg Cutchall, president and chief executive of Cutchall Management Group, the restaurants' owner.
Burger Star, which is relocating to the Gretna outlet center from its original location at 72nd and Pacific Streets, will offer beef burgers, fresh-cut fries, milkshakes and up to 18 beers on tap.
Big Cheese, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich eatery, will offer an assortment of sandwiches, soups, salads, bakery goods, and a selection of wines.
The two restaurants, located next to Subway, will share the same 4,500-square-foot space, seating and patio area, but will have separate service counters.
Cutchall, who is also coordinating construction of Pieocracy Pizza, the build-your-own pizza, build-your-own-salad, restaurant, expects that spot to open in January.
Carol Fosse claims she's retiring.
The owner of Carol.Fosse. Contemporary Apparel in Rockbrook Village is closing the women's apparel store at the end of January and moving to Savannah, Ga., with her husband.
Fosse has told customers she plans to work on her golf game, but in truth she's going to work for one of her vendors.
"I'll do a lot of trade shows and travel the Southeast from Florida to North Carolina," Fosse said. "My customers tell me that's not really retiring. But I don't have to work every day. I can take weeks off as I want."
For Fosse that looks a lot like retirement after years of working six- and seven-day weeks as a retailer.
Fosse, who is originally from Chicago, has been an area retailer since 1977, when she and her husband, Omaha native Kerry Fosse, launched the Racqueteer at 1336 S. 119th St. The store sold tennis, racquetball and squash equipment and golf apparel. In 1996, the Racqueteer moved to 114th Street and West Dodge Road after the store was damaged by a fire.
After the move, Fosse began carrying women's golf equipment and apparel under the name Red Tee. In 2001, Fosse moved to Rockbrook. "I told my husband I'm just going to take my women's stuff and move to Rockbrook."
Fosse said the store would probably remain open through January. "I've got 37 years worth of paper in my back-backroom. I've got a lot of stuff to go through."
The store's merchandise, which includes women's apparel, scarves and belts, has been discounted 20 percent to 70 percent. Customers also will find $10 and $20 racks. The store is located at 2900 S. 110th Court.