An old downtown business has a new face.
Kollmeyer’s Gift Shop within the Kollmeyer building at 414 North Main St., has been sold to Marj Scheer of Fremont.
Scheer worked part time for Kollmeyer’s manager Bill Perry beginning in late November and was later approached by Perry and his father, Bob Perry, to purchase the business.
The gift shop was originally opened as a hardware store by Carl Kollmeyer in 1929. Bob Perry of Fremont owned the business most recently, which he sold last week.
“I’m going to be 80 years old and when this opportunity presented itself I felt that Marj Sheer, as an ambitious young lady with talent, would be a welcome solution,” Bob Perry said.
“I have been fortunate to have been involved with Kollmeyer’s Hardware, Housewares and Gifts and then the Kollmeyer’s Sporting Goods, which is now Lou’s and Nebraska Sports, and Fremont Lock and Key for 61 years,” Perry noted.
The building, which has a
different owner, is not being sold.
Scheer officially took over last week and is excited to hit her stride.
“The potential of this place is incredible,” Scheer said, “It kind of reminds me of the warm and cozy feeling of the Old Market.”
Scheer wants to return the gift shop to the hub of activity it was just a few years ago.
“I want to start doing classes in here again for cooking and decorating,” Scheer said.
In addition, she wants the community to know that she will continue to provide custom framing.
Scheer said that there won’t be a whole lot of changes except for the price point.
“With the economy the way it is, I want to be able to sell product at prices that everyone can afford,” she said.
She added that despite no family affiliation she will continue to do business under the Kollmeyer’s business name.
To help her meet the community, Scheer what she calls a “big sale” next month.
“I will be running a sale from Feb. 1 until Valentine’s Day,” Scheer said.
In the meantime, Scheer said that it is business as usual and customers are welcome to come in and meet her and shop as they normally would.
Perry is comfortable leaving the business with Scheer and believes she will be a good fit for the community.
“Even though I shall miss the involvement with the business community, I do think it’s a good time to sit back and enjoy. Marj will certainly fit in well with the merchant mix in the Kollmeyer passageway building and I for one wish her much success,” Perry said.