The new re-development hotspot, Midtown Crossing is situated around the seven acres of Turner Park, the site of numerous outdoor concerts, picnics and special events. Mutual of Omaha is developing the one-million-square-feet of Midtown Crossing, which will include residential and commercial space. In addition to shops like Republic of Couture and Crave, a number of other gift shops, department stores and restaurants are making Midtown Crossing a great destination.
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For those who prefer brand names like Chico’s and Coldwater Creek, Pier One and Sephora, Village Pointe Center is Omaha’s best shopping destination. This outdoor shopping center is designed (as the name implies) as a village complete with restaurants, entertainment venues and, of course, great stores bearing the most notable names in retail. Between the abundant landscaping and outdoor art, Village Pointe is as relaxed and family-friendly as any city park where neighbors gather. One of Omaha’s best farmers markets is located here on Saturday mornings beginning in May. Special events are held throughout the year.
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If you ask anyone on the street, where to go and what to do in Omaha, they’ll probably say: “Go to the Old Market.” This is not only where Omaha began, a district of warehouses and brick-paved streets, but it’s also where Omaha is headed. Many of the city’s innovative new restaurants, and certainly some of the most intriguing shops, have sprung up in this neighborhood close to the riverfront. You won’t find any chain stores here, but you will find everything from specialty candy stores to kites, furs, leather, diamonds or doughnuts. You’ll find art galleries, antique shops, bookstores and some things that just don’t fit into any known category.
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There are many reasons to spend some time at Regency Court: great clothing and home furnishings stores, and brand names like William Sonoma and Pottery Barn. However, at the very least, you have to poke your head into Borsheim’s. It is the country’s largest independent retail jewelry store and has been doing business in Omaha since 1870. You don’t have to buy diamonds (although Bill Gates bought his wife’s engagement ring here). Borsheim’s also carries crystal, china and home décor items. In the summer months, Regency Court is home to an indoor farmers market, just one of many special events and activities that make this mall a great destination.
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Part retail therapy, part creative outlet for the artistically-deprived, Hot Shops opened in 2004 in a former mattress factory, providing workspace for some truly creative artists in hot mediums—like blown glass, blacksmithing and bronze casting. They’re joined by artists working in some cooler mediums, like jewelry, watercolor, fiber arts and pottery. Overall about 70 artists have studio space here. So yes, you can buy a number of items for your home or office, or place a custom order if you’re so inspired. But you can also participate in workshops where you get your hands dirty, your face sweaty and your soul inspired.
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