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Hy-Vee opens its first Omaha Market Cafe

Omaha's first Hy-Vee Market Cafe, the grocery chain's new full-service restaurant and bar format, opened Tuesday at the Hy-Vee store at 9707 Q St.

The restaurant and bar, which seats 164, is the state's second Hy-Vee Market Cafe. A smaller Market Cafe that seats 120 opened last November at the Plattsmouth Hy-Vee.

Restaurant manager Spencer Strahl said customers were waiting at the cafe's entrance inside the store Tuesday for its 6 a.m. debut. Breakfast is served from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. The lunch and dinner menu, which are the same, are served until the cafe's 9 p.m. closing. Plans are to extend the cafe's weekend hours.

As the lunch hour approached, workers were polishing silverware and putting the finishing touches on the full-service bar, which also opens at 6 a.m.

Strahl said Hy-Vee hired about 30 new people at that location to staff the store's new Market Cafe.

The store's new sushi station, Asian Express and Italian food stations, including a wood-fired pizza oven, also opened this week. Customers can order from the cafe menu or purchase food from the store's cases, salad bar or traditional kitchen and enjoy their food inside the restaurant. Diners also can enjoy free Wi-Fi and a dozen HD televisions scattered throughout the dining room.

The Market Cafe is just one aspect of the store's renovation, which includes a new 11,000-square-foot wing that is expected to be finished this fall, store manager Andrew Yochum said.

Outside of Omaha, Hy-Vee is remodeling the store at 5020 N. 27th St. in Lincoln to include a Market Cafe. The store's renovation is not expected to be completed until later this year. A new 87,000-square-foot Hy-Vee that includes a full-service restaurant and bar is scheduled to open later this month in Kearney.

The West Des Moines-based grocery retailer has said it plans to remodel all of its stores to incorporate the new restaurant and bar format. Hy-Vee operates more than 230 stores in eight states.

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Omahans start their workday earlier than most, at 7:48 a.m.

If the early bird truly does get the worm, you'd better be to work by 7:48 a.m. or earlier if you work in the Omaha metro.

That's the median start of the workday here, according to Census Bureau data crunched by data guru Nate Silver at his blog fivethirtyeight.com.

Silver, a former New York Times blogger who is perhaps best-known for accurately predicting how each U.S. state would vote in an electoral map for the 2012 presidential election, broke out data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey to show when American cities begin work.

The median start time of the U.S. workday is 7:55 a.m., and New York City has the latest median start time at 8:24 a.m.

The median workday in St. Louis begins at 7:50 a.m. and it starts at 7:51 a.m. in Kansas City and Milwaukee.

Up and at 'em before any other city is Hinesville, Ga., home of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division and Fort Stewart, which has a median workday start time of 7:01 a.m.

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Recycle that old computer at free event

It's time to recycle that clunky old computer.

Goodwill, WOWT and Omaha West Rotary are sponsoring the Drive for Drives computer recycling event on Thursday, April 24.

All computer towers, monitors, and printers, working or not, will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Canfields parking lot at 84th Street and West Center Road.

Equipment should be intact and not broken into pieces.

Individuals are responsible for removing all personal data prior to donation.

Goodwill's trained staff will disassemble the CPUs and sort the components for recycling. Goodwill Omaha is a partner in the national Dell Reconnect program.
Some refurbished computers will be sold in Goodwill's GoodBytes Computer Store at 72nd and F Streets with proceeds going to support the agency's work helping people find jobs.

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Secondhand shop-hop is this week

Five shops in the business of reusing and repurposing items will host a shopping event from Thursday through Saturday.

Furniture home and accent consignment shops Posh Peacock and Keep the Piece, high-end clothing resellers Absolutely Her and Esther's, and Pot & Ladle, which sells new and used kitchen items, will host a Spring Shop Hop Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Customers can register to win gift certificates and other items from each of the participating stores.
The locations: Posh Peacock, 12100 West Center Road; Absolutely Her, 815 Tara Plaza in Papillion; Esther's, 805 1/2 S. 75th St.; Keep the Piece, 8266 Hascall St.; and the Pot & Ladle, 8264 Hascall St.

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Electrical supplier 3E moves

Electrical supply and equipment seller 3E has moved into its new Omaha facility at 7402 L St.

The new facility includes a residential showroom, a commercial supply counter and a warehouse.

The space allowed the company to consolidate two of its former locations, a commercial and industrial location at 1006 N. 20th St. and its residential showroom at 15555 Industrial Road, which closed and moved into the new space in early March.

The 4,200-square-foot showroom features ceiling fans; lighting, including under-cabinet lighting; security systems; some accessories; furniture; and "anything for a home that you can think of that would be needing electrical," said Tim Pruch, corporate marketing director.

The company, headquartered in Windsor Heights, Iowa, has about 60 employees in Omaha.

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Family Great Outdoors Day planned at La Vista Cabela’s

Cabela's, the Sidney, Neb.-based outdoor and hunting outfitter, will hold its Family Great Outdoors Day on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the La Vista store, 2703 Westport Parkway in La Vista.

The event, which is being held in partnership with the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, features free activities such as archery, Daisy BB gun shooting, family fish casting, dutch oven cooking, s'mores, face painting and more.

No reservations are required. For more information, visit cabelas.com/lavista.

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New law means no sales tax on coins, bullion

Nebraskans now can buy precious metals in the form of bars, ingots or coins without paying sales tax.

Gov. Dave Heineman signed LB 867 on April 2, which immediately went into effect and did away with sales and use taxes on currency, such as gold coins or collectible currency; or bullion, meaning bars, ingots or commemorative medallions of gold, silver, platinum or palladium.

The law levels the playing field for metal sellers like DSS Coin and Bullion, which has two Omaha stores, at 1906 S. 13th St. and 2909 S. 169th Plaza, Suite 120.

Because Nebraska previously charged sales tax on the items, people were more likely to purchase precious metals in the form of coins, ingots or bars online or in Iowa, said David Schroeder, owner of DSS Coin and Bullion.

"It's making us more able to compete on a local and national level again," Schroeder said.
The bill also exempts purchases by historic automobile museums from sales and use taxes.

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Black Hills Energy, Arbor Day Foundation partner to offer free trees

Black Hills Energy and the Arbor Day Foundation are making about 475 trees available for free to the energy company's customers.

The goal of the foundation's "Energy-Saving Trees" initiative is to raise awareness about how trees promote cleaner air and can help save money by saving energy. A properly placed tree can reduce energy costs by up to 20 percent, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.

Beginning today on a first-come, first-served basis, Black Hills Energy customers can reserve one free tree per household at <a href="http://energysavingtrees.arborday.org/?partnerCode=07242#Start" target="_blank">arborday.org/blackhillsenergy</a>. The 2- to 4-foot-tall trees will be delivered directly to customers from May through early June.

An online tool at that same website can help determine where to plant the tree to gain the most energy-saving benefits.

Black Hills Energy serves customers in seven states, including Nebraska and Iowa.

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New job training program serves foster youth

Goodwill Industries on Monday launched a new job training program to help people ages 14 to 24 who are in foster care, who are ready to age out of care and who have previously been served by foster care.

Eleven students were registered in Omaha for the program, called Project Employment, which provides five days of intensive employment training culminating in mock interviews and a graduation.

The training teaches youth how to "bring their A game" with a focus on: attitude, attendance, appearance, ambition, accountability, appreciation and acceptance, Goodwill said. Students build a resume, write a cover letter and learn interview skills.

Program staff also will meet with local employers to discuss how their businesses can help put foster youth to work.

The project is funded through donations from Project Everlast, a statewide program based in Omaha that works to help foster youth establish community connections for advice and support.

The job training program is located at the Heartland Workforce Solutions job center at 5752 Ames Ave. It is expected to continue through June 2015.

For information contact Jana Marshall at 402-616-8213 or jmarshall@goodwillomaha.org.

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Ring Supplier plans ribbon-cutting ceremony today

The Ring Supplier is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony today from 4 to 6 p.m.

The retail jewelry store at 709 N. 98th St. in Clocktower Village, specializes in diamond bridal rings, bridal sets and loose diamonds.

Customers are invited to be part of the design process, and to choose a diamond and a mounting at a price that suits their budget, Vince Battaglia, the store's general manager, has said.

The store, which is open until 6 p.m., will offer refreshments at today's event.

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