OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – “It was sort of what I always imagined a store would look like for us if we ever had a store,” said Nicole Wheeler.
Earlier this year, Dundee Book Company opened a new chapter.
Co-owners Ted and Nicole Wheeler have long operated a mobile book cart, hosting pop-up events at local bars and theaters. But the pandemic has changed everything.
âWe had online business, we had big supporters who still ordered books from us throughout 2020. But we were storing all of this in our house while we worked and went to school in our house,â he said. Nicole said.
There wasn’t much room to stock up on inventory so they started looking for a brick and mortar location.
âWe always thought Underwood Street would be a great place for a bookstore. So we were talking to other people and trying to plant this seed that they should open the store or someone should. But after a while, it was just kind of a situation where we either had to shut up about it or do it ourselves, âTed said.
And that’s exactly what they did.
A historic house has opened up and Ted and Nicole have taken the leap.
They increased their book inventory, built all the shelves themselves and opened in March – on the street they always dreamed of.
Dundee Book Company has a wide selection – from poetry to books translated from other languages, works by local authors and everything in between.
âWe try to be diverse in the offerings that we have and as diverse as possible, but also with good quality work from a varied number of authors,â Nicole said.
While books are obviously front and center, it’s the community that makes owning the store so interesting.
âBeing able to have this space where people can just come and find us and find other people who have the same interests has really been a life affirming,â said Nicole.
Dundee Book Company is located at 4915 Underwood Avenue.
Friday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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