Here are photos and addresses of two model railroad hobby stores. both are very nice and have a good selection.
The Train Cellar is at 1265 S. Cotner Blvd in the Piedmont Shopping Center at A Street and Cotner Blvd. (402) 464-4925
Grand Central is at 6901 Seward Avenue (402) 467-3738. They have an expert repairman named Randy who can do model train repairs and charges a very modest fee.
What to buy: HO, N, and O gauge equipment, some garden railroading equipment. repair work also done.
What to pay: average prices
THIS IS A NO-FRILLS hardware store. They have sold via catalog for many years but now seem to be putting up retail stores as well. Just in the past year I have come across their stores in Austin, Texas, Fort Collins, Colorado, and now in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Inside you will find a huge selection of tools, large and small, for very good prices.
What to buy: clamps, screwdrivers, garage hooks to hang stuff on, gardening items in season, air compressors, glues of various types, you name it, they probably have it somewhere in there. This particular store is the largest of the three that I have seen.
What to pay: generally very reasonable prices. They have a big sale in December, maybe other sales during the year as well.
THISLARGE STORE IS FILLED WITH PRODUCTS MADE ONLY IN NEBRASKA. GREAT GIFT ITEMS HERE.
What to buy: WINE FROM NEBRASKA WINERIES. Tasting is 4 tastes for $5. Wines clearly organized and labeled according to dry, semi-sweet, and dessert wines.
Also there are posters, photographs, coffee mugs, food items, and much more.
What to pay: reasonable.
ITS A GREAT STORE, a favorite of my wife and myself. I love all the "gadget" type household items they have.
What to buy: You can get an alarm clock that projects the time in soft blue light on your bedroom ceiling. Its much cheaper than the Sharper Image version. Or how about a measuring cup that has graduations marked when looking straight down into the cup, rather than just on the side. Or the shower squeege for cleaning your shower. Or the best selection of towels in any color. and so on.
What to pay: very reasonable prices.
THIS IS THE OLD DOWNTOWN RAILROAD DEPOT AREA, NOW converted into a nice mall.
What to buy: art-oriented gifts can be found in abundance here. Also nice restaurants.
What to pay: average
THESE ARE ITEMS FROM THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN MADE IN SWEATSHOPS FOR STARVATION WAGES.
What to buy: A WIDE VARIETY OF GIFTS MADE FROM WOOD, STONE, FABRIC AND SO ON.
What to pay: FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICES
ANYTHING YOU WANT IN THE COLOR RED.
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What to buy: T-SHIRTS, JACKETS, COFFEE MUGS, DECALS, POSTERS, ETC. ETC.
What to pay: REASONABLE PRICES
A MULTI-STORY, BEAUTIFUL NEW STORE that has everything, even a coffee bar.
What to buy: T-shirts, basketballs, shoes, bicycles, baseball items, hunting gear, etc. etc.
What to pay: average prices.