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April 28, 2011


That Big Red House on O Street

by Deena Winter


You probably didn’t notice the big white house with a tree growing through the porch as you whizzed by on O Street. But you make take notice now.

The once-dilapidated house (apartments, actually) has been transformed into what my readers kept referring to as “that big red house” on O Street — just a few blocks east of 27th Street. They saw renovations going on, hoped the house wasn’t going to be demolished, and were relieved to see it preserved.

The home is now a two-level store called Good Things — with gifts, flowers, jewelry, food items, kitchen gadgets, and home decor — a little like Aunt Patty’s, but with more than decor. There is a full Stonewall kitchen, for example, with utensils, gadgets and upper-end food items.

The store is owned by Karolyn and Mike Howard, who also sell items wholesale and owned a similar store in Beatrice before expanding to Lincoln. The store opened on March 3 and its hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Anytime we can save an historic building from the chopping block, I call it a good thing, indeed.

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. George
    Apr 28 2011

    Who owns the home? Who owns the business? Why did they pick this house to renovate and redesign to house the business? What was their inspiration? Was it personally funded or did they have help from agencies like the Historical Society (or others)? Lets see a picture of the owners. What are the price points of what they sell? Examples of what they sell maybe? What did you find interesting? What dd you find needing improvements? What do you think others would find interesting?

  2. Jane
    Apr 28 2011

    Are they open yet? If not, when will they be? What are their hours?

  3. Roger Yant
    Apr 28 2011

    The owners are very nice and very successful business people who have been around for many years in the wholesale business. They have had other retail outlets before and now in a big way have done so in Lincoln, it is a welcome addition to Lincoln. They did a GREAT job on restoration, the products they sell are very nice and priced well too. I hope all have a chance to stop and and visit them and see how restoration can make Lincoln a better town to live in. More of this should be done. While there you can do some shopping, Buy Lincoln, buy locally.

  4. Rosemary
    Apr 28 2011

    What a great picture. My niece and I stopped by there several weeks ago and we were totally impressed! What a nice gift shop! Lincoln has gained a really nice shop. What a beautiful job they did on the house!

  5. ChilliMango
    Apr 28 2011

    Love the Beatrice shop, looking forward to shopping their Lincoln location!


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