Couture Kids fills niche with gently used clothes – Omaha World

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Vicki Weldon, owner of Couture Kids.

By Leia Mendoza

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Couture Kids, a children’s resale store, is celebrating its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday. The store at 14119 Q St. sells gently used and some new girls and boys clothing from newborn to size 14.

Owner Vicki Weldon, an Omaha native now living in Council Bluffs, said she’s excited to finally open after throwing the idea around for about a year. “I would shop around for my grandchildren, and it was so expensive to dress them nicely. Omaha offers very little when it comes to good, used children’s clothing.”

Weldon said she’s hoping to change that by having a children’s store with a “boutique feel” that’s “affordable.”

“A lot of parents still want to dress their children in good, name-brand clothing but can’t afford to pay for it,” she said. “This offers them both.”

Starting next week, Couture Kids also will pay cash for gently used clothing on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and will also accept other items, including toys, baby furniture and bicycles. On Saturday, every customer at the store’s grand opening will be entered in a drawing for an iPad2.

New west Omaha Hy-Vee built with energy-saving design

The new Hy-Vee Supermarket at 180th and Pacific Streets will open Nov. 1.

The 84,700-square-foot store is the first Hy-Vee in Omaha to feature natural lighting from a skylight, low-flushing toilets, automatic hand sinks and doors on dairy refrigeration, said store director Tally Mertes.

To celebrate the grand opening, the store is hosting a contest on Fridays through Nov. 26 for a chance to win a John Deere utility vehicle.

This will be the 235th store for the West Des Moines-based company, which also has stores in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Knitter opens yarn store to provide supplies, crafting site

Tonya’s Cute by Design, a knitting, weaving, spinning and crocheting supplies store, has opened at 122 N. McKenna Ave. in Gretna.

Owner Tonya Leach-Trickel, a 37-year-old Omaha native, said it was the perfect time to open her own yarn store because there are few places for knitters around Omaha and Lincoln to buy supplies and work on their crafts together.

The official grand opening is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At Tonya’s Cute by Design, people can purchase supplies, take classes and reserve space to for sewing group meet-ups. Leach-Trickel and a few others will also sell their finished products at the store.

Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 402-575-7626 or visit

Sur La Table plans Food Day effort

Kitchenware retailer Sur La Table has a new partnership with Wholesome Wave, a national organization whose programs increase the accessibility and affordability of fresh, locally grown food in underserved communities.

Sur La Table, a national chain with a store in One Pacific Place in Omaha, will match customer donations to Wholesome Wave on Monday, which is Food Day, up to a total of $50,000. Food Day is a national initiative in which hundreds of organizations raise awareness of issues such as poverty, hunger and access to healthy food.

Sur La Table is also offering a cooking class on Monday, with a portion of the proceeds going to Wholesome Wave.

Batteries Plus looks to aid vets

Batteries Plus, a national battery and light bulb franchise with local locations, is helping veterans with a campaign called “Time to Care.”

The 470-store chain is helping raise awareness about USA Cares, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families with basic financial needs and has a “Jobs for Vets” program to help veterans get back into the workforce.

The campaign’s launch in May raised more than $75,000. Between Nov. 5 and Nov. 11, Batteries Plus locations will donate $5 from every watch battery replacement purchase to USA Cares and will accept donations from customers. Stores in Omaha are at 132nd Street and West Center Road, south of 90th and Fort Streets and near 156th Street and West Maple Road. There’s also a store in Sioux City, Iowa.

Batteries Plus also will contribute $1 for every person who “likes” the Batteries Plus Facebook page and “supports” the USA Cares Jobs for Vets Cause page, up to $25,000.

This report includes material from the World-Herald News Service.

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