My Favorite Card Shop is Leaving Me

February 27, 2007 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I’m very bummed to hear that Avant Card is leaving Downtown. I rarely buy cards anywhere else. And why would I, since Avant Card’s selection is far more diverse (if less, erm, “appropriate”) than the usual Hallmark stuff? And then there’s the story of Avant Card’s role in Robert’s adoption.

As if its departure isn’t bad enough, finding out that it’s replacement will be an expansion of The Watering Hole was especially depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-bar. But replacing a friendly, eclectic shop with yet another source of vomiting 20-somethings just doesn’t feel like progress.

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CP February 27, 2007 at 4:33pm

Oooof. My wife will be seriously bummed when she hears about this…

Dave K February 27, 2007 at 4:47pm

The LJS makes a good point that this place was the last refuge for another era of downtown Lincoln. It would be nice if they could secure a spot in the retail space of the new building that is supposed to go in where the Starship was.

Swid February 27, 2007 at 5:30pm

As to the “new era” of downtown Lincoln, one of the comments after the article pointed out the obvious model for future O St. development: Austin’s 6th Street.

Of course, this is also very unlikely to happen, given Lincoln government’s “No Fun” mantra, but it’s probably better than to try to force future development in a direction that the market has repeatedly shown it’s not willing to sustain.

foxspit February 28, 2007 at 2:01am

This is awful news.  I love Avant Card and will miss it.

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