The owners of A Hill of Beans coffee roasters will open a coffeehouse and “microroastery” at Aksarben Village in time for summer, saying they want to participate in Stinson Park events like concerts and farmers markets.
Called Roast, the shop will feature coffee roasted in-house in small batches, along with live music and pastries made by Omaha-area restaurants and bakers. Shop owners plan eventually to offer coffee roasting classes, and to offer the space for private events. Roast will also sell a variety of coffee-brewing equipment.
Co-owner Martha Barbour said she is hiring 18 to 20 employees and plans to open around Memorial Day weekend.
Barbour plans no changes to the A Hill of Beans retail shop at 14512 West Center Road but said Roast is a different concept. She said she and her husband, Dave Barbour, have long wanted to open a coffee shop, and think the time is right, thanks to other coffee shops introducing coffee brewed to order in a variety of methods.
“I really think the Omaha coffee community has changed tremendously in the past 12 months,” she said.
Roast will join several other newly signed tenants in the building that houses Gordmans’ corporate headquarters.
Tenants filling up Gordmans building
Besides Roast, two other new tenants have signed leases for space in the Gordmans building, facing east on 67th Street. Dickey’s barbecue will be operated by Steven and Lynn Swift, who own the West Maple Road location. Roar, an Aveda salon, also will open this spring, said Adam Marek, a vice president at Colliers International.
We previously reported Pickleman’s sandwich shop will open in the building, and two tenants already are open: 18/8 Fine Men’s Salons and Togs Contemporary Clothing.
On the building’s south side, along Frances Street, a day spa has signed a lease, Marek said.
There has been so much interest from fast-casual restaurant concepts that “we probably could have turned the Gordmans building into a food court,” Marek said. But the building’s developers are aiming for a “cohesive mix” of tenants.
There is remaining available space: two 1,400-square-foot bays on 67th Street that would be ideal for a “soft goods” retailer, and a 7,000-square-foot space on the building’s southeast corner that is drawing attention from potential restaurant tenants, Marek said.
In a separate Aksarben Village building, Marek is negotiating a lease with a tenant — not a restaurant — to fill 5,300 square feet of space in the former Wohlner’s grocery, the portion remaining now that Spirit World and Voodoo Taco have opened in the space.