by Helen Fagan
THE OLD MARKET: This lively 9 square block area is uniquely Omaha and filled with nostalgia and innovation.
Cobblestone streets lined with unique boutiques, antique emporiums, innovative restaurants, local pubs and tasty sweet shops create the magic of the Old Market Entertainment District. The Old Market and its red brick warehouses were the epicenter of activity back in the 1880s, bustling with produce dealers, buyers and traders, until the late 1950s when the area was threatened with building condemnation. But Sam Mercer, the son of a prominent physician and landowner, wanted to renovate the old buildings for new uses. At the time, Mercer’s idea was said to be foolish; today he is considered a visionary. The Mercer family still runs one of the most popular restaurants in the old market, La Buvette. This quaint European style wine bar offers a French menu, grocery with bread baked daily and one of the best outdoor sidewalk cafe settings in the neighborhood. Other dining standouts in the old market include: M's Pub known for its Lavosh and Carrot Dog; Blue Sushi and its legendary happy hour; The Monster Club with its horror themed restaurant and bar; and Le Bouillon, known for the chef's take on French comfort food. To explore more visit: https://oldmarket.com/
Editor’s Note: An easy walk from our conference hotel, I have two favorite shops in the Old Market that I stumbled upon during a visit to our conference city: Tannebaum, the Christmas Shop on Howard and Moksha, in the Old Market Passageway. Tannebaum offers holiday items and more from all over the world. If the holidays are your thing, this is a must shop to spend a bit of time.
If the holidays are not your thing, I found Moksha to be a treat. Seema Sharma is proud of their cultural heritage offers craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations, keeping alive its authenticity & essence. It is this tradition they bring to you with carefully curated products, rich in story, craft & detail. Their products are responsibly sourced, and each has its own story—which they are happy to share.
If shopping isn’t your thing, the Old Market is a delightful place to wander, soaking up what Omaha was like in its earliest days. For photographers, there are an abundance of interesting buildings and other things on which to focus. I include two of mine here.
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