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  1. MJ’s Gelato & More

Calling all foodies! This is the newest addition to Downtown Norfolk and is a MUST TRY! They have many different flavors of gelato and delicious cupcakes that pair perfectly! Head to 107 N 4th ST and grab a scoop (or two) of this yummy gelato!

2. Unhinged Boutique

The newest addition to shopping is Unhinged Boutique located in Downtown Norfolk. They are one of the only boutiques to offer plus size clothing. Make sure to check out their kids clothes as well! Unhinged boutique can also screen print onto about everything! They have already created hilarious gifts, fun tops, and cool designed cups. Follow them on Facebook to see their current products.

3. She’s Smitten + Steel Clothing Co.

She’s Smitten has moved and now includes men’s clothing! They recently announced that they have “Smitten Bags” available. This service allows the professionals to pick outfits that match your style and are delivered or mailed to you! Keep the items you like & pay your invoice within 24 hours. No purchase required; however, the rest of the items need to be shipped back or dropped off to their store within 7 days. How convenient, am I right?!

4. New Fairfield Inn and Townplace Inn & Suites

A new hotel will be starting construction behind Perkins and will include extended stays! These Marriott hotels will offer a contemporary design, beautiful indoor pool, spacious dining area with a large breakfast selection, a sundry store, guest laundry and patio.

5. River Point Square

The Johnny Carson Mural will be a new public gathering space in Downtown Norfolk. The construction of this will kick off this year! This new area will be able to host group gatherings, music events, and more. The beautiful landscaping and contemporary feel will be a great addition to the growing Downtown area.

6. Shoe Sensation

A new shoe store will open in the old China Buffet location in March! If you haven’t heard of this franchise before, they offer brand name footwear for everyone! We are excited for this new addition to our visitor’s shopping experience.

7. Miracle Skate Park

Renovations for Miracle Skate Park located in Veteran Memorial Park start this year! Spohn Ranch has designed the layout for the park and the City of Norfolk is currently accepting bids for a contractor. This facility will be one of the largest in the Midwest. The new facility will host competitions once the complex is complete. The future is bright for skaters and BMX riders!

8. Johnny Carson Exhibit

If you didn’t know, Norfolk is the home of Johnny Carson. The Elkhorn Valley Museum will be giving the current exhibit a makeover this year. The exhibit will be interactive and include some of Johnny Carson’s personal memorabilia.

9. The Dead of Winter

Elkhorn Valley Museum is hosting a winter costume party! Dress as your favorite historical figure from any time period to be entered into the costume contest. Enjoy live music from the Begats, specialty drinks, and delicious appetizers. This event is from 7-10PM Friday, January 31st at Divots. Get your tickets now: https://elkhornvalleymuseum.org/thedeadofwinter/?fbclid=IwAR0906F6h5qEM6rkH-flC1Z9eFAmEuyoFT0BeT2zydNIilVQF2LdrWHJKrI

10. Divots Big Chill & Cheese Festival

Divots Brewery in Norfolk is hosting 12 Nebraska breweries and 3 Nebraska creameries in the Divots Ballroom for this limited space event! Get your tickets today so you can sample 50+ beers and cheeses made in the great state of Nebraska! Also, take part in the IPA Challenge! You will receive a list of 10 Nebraska IPA’s that are all served at their event bar on numbered taps.  This event is from 3pm-8pm Saturday, February 8th. Purchase early and get 2 tickets and a hotel room at Norfolk Lodge and Suites for only $175!

11. New Concert Series lineup

Every year, the Norfolk Area Concert Association brings concerts to the Johnny Carson theater. Check out Rave On!, Nebraska Brass Band, and Beginnings in 2020. See more details and ticket information at http://concertassociation.net/norfolkne/index.cfm.

12. Sculpture Walk

The 2020 Sculpture Walk will kick off in May! New sculptures will be installed, and a new guided tour will be established during the summer months. Tour dates will be set, where you can not only view the sculptures, but experience Downtown Norfolk through food and drinks! This makes for a perfect girl’s night, so stay tuned!

13. Norfolk Area Passport

Explore the Norfolk Area with this free, fun passport program. If you haven’t participated before, you are seriously missing out! Starting in May, you will experience hidden gems throughout our area including museums, restaurants, retail stores, and more. At each destination, you will receive a stamp in your passport. After you receive all the stamps, return your passport to the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau for a prize. Each completed passport owner will also be entered for a GRAND PRIZE! Follow Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau on Facebook for more information!

Are you struggling to find fun things to do this winter in the Norfolk area? Our downtown has a variety of fun things to do even when it’s too cold to be outside!

  1. Enjoy shopping

Downtown boutiques and shops have made it easy to stay in-style while also staying warm. Enjoy a short walk from Kookaburras Kloset, Love & Thread, The Brand, Smitten & Steel, The Statement, and Red High Heels. Each clothing boutique offers their own style to fit everyone’s needs.

Magnolia’s is a unique, stylish home décor store with a variety of trendy interior furnishings. Their customer service is phenomenal with helping you find the right piece. They also provide workshops and promos which can be found at https://www.magnoliasonline.com/.

Other exclusive shopping in Downtown Norfolk include Ravenwood Art Gallery, Sixpence, and Healthworks.

Do you have a wedding coming up? Book your appointment to try on dresses during the cold weather. Downtown Check out Avenue Bridal, Roxi’s Elegant Bridal, and Madonna’s Wedding Belle to find your perfect dress!

2. Dine at unique eateries

According to Google, all the Riverpoint downtown restaurants are highly recommended. Each dining experience provides a different taste to satisfy anyone’s taste buds. Here’s a list of all the restaurants you need to try:

Black Cow Fat Pig – Steakhouse

Napoli’s – Italian

El Rodeo – Mexican

Leon’s – Mexican

Mongolian Grill – Mongolian Buffet

Smokin’ Stan’s – Barbeque

411 Restaurant – International

3. Stop for a quick coffee or stay for a snack break

If you’re looking for a hip and cozy atmosphere to hang out, you need to stop into Downtown Coffee Company. They have amazing coffee, a delicious lunch menu, pastries, and desserts. This is the perfect place to meet up with a friend or even hang out by yourself. Did I mention they have free Wi-Fi? (Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-6:30PM, Friday 7:30AM-5:30PM, Saturday 8AM-2PM, Sunday 12-4PM)

Another newly added bakery is Mulberry Bakery located on 3rd St. They provide hand crafted baked goods including pies, tarts, cookies, and bars. Their breakfast and beverage menus are also a must during the frosty season! Plus, their holiday menu is now available! Check it out on https://www.whitemulberrybakery.com/ (Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday-Friday 9AM-5PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM).

If you are ever in the mood for some popcorn, stop at Poppin Delights located on Madison Ave. Find assorted popcorn flavors such as cheddar cheese, caramel, Chicago style, white cheddar, buffalo, ranch, parmesan garlic, and so much more! Check out their website, www.poppindelights.com, for all the flavors they have available. (Hours: Open Wednesday, Thursday, from 4:30-6:30PM or Saturday 9AM-12PM)

4. Bar hop with friends

Experience all the Downtown bars in one night! Start at the 5th Street Tavern then head east down Norfolk Avenue to Lot 279, The Office Bar, Harbor Bar, District Table & Tap, and 411 restaurant. Enjoy a fun environment while also trying out their specialty drinks. Some even provide food menus that pair great with your alcoholic beverage.

5. Play a round of golf at Hit Em Up

For those of you that miss golfing during the warm weather, no worries because Hit Em’ Up Golf has an impressive indoor golf simulator. They offer over 30 PGA courses and a driving range. You can also purchase alcoholic beverages! For more information or to reserve a time, visit www.hitemupindoor.com.

6. Take a class at Revitalized studio

Revitalized Studio offers fun art classes for adults and children. Register for an adult party, children’s party, couple’s night, or family night where you create your own craft. You must sign up for these and pay a low fee for the materials, take home project, and snacks. Revitalized Studio also host events which you can find on their website, https://revitalizedstudio2.wixsite.com/.

7. Check out an event happening in the Downtown area

Stay entertained at any of the Downtown events! Some events coming up are Downtown After Hours (every Thursday) and Shop Small Saturday (November 30th). Stay tuned for other events like Christmas and New Year’s parties on https://visitnorfolkne.com/upcoming-events/.

With Nebraska weather, you may even have a beautiful day during the winter season. Stop by and play the piano outside of Midwest Music Center or enjoy our Sculpture Walk. Get your guide for the sculpture walk at https://visitnorfolkne.com/sculpture/.

It’s that time of year again where everyone is looking for the perfect gifts for their family and friends. This Christmas season is the best time to go shopping in the Norfolk area. Our unique shops offer clothing, antiques, home décor, and so much more.

Head to Downtown Norfolk on the Riverpoint to get a one-of-a kind experience! Downtown has made it easy to find a gift for anyone because there’s a diverse selection of products and excellent customer service. On the other side of town, check out the Sunset Plaza Mall, The Abbey, Cato’s, Olive and Ave, Rags to Riches, and Meds & more.

Gift Ideas:

  • Find the perfect outfit at any of our local boutiques. If you keep questioning if they would wear it or not, get them a gift card instead. You can find clothing boutiques all around the Norfolk Area!
  • Get a basket of goodies together from any of our bakeries. White Mulberry Bakery has a wide selection of pastries, pies, and so much more. Add some gourmet popcorn from Poppin’ Delights or a gift card from any of the Downtown Restaurants.
  • Head to a home decor store and have an employee put together a gift! Whether you’re looking for a center piece, wall decor, or floral arrangement, any of our local stores will provide what you’re looking for.
  • Are you shopping for a coffee lover? Purchase a coffee mug, gift card, and coffee beans from Downtown Coffee Company.
  • Grab your sports fanatic memorabilia for their favorite team. Prep2Pro has fan gear from NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA, and NHL.
  • Keep your loved ones warm by purchasing some winter gear. You can find boots, coats, mittens, hats, and so much more at Renegade.
  • Spoil your significant other with new jewelry from Putters Jewelry or Wetzel & Truex Jewelers.

With Black Friday and Shop Local Saturday coming up, we’ve provided an electronic map of stores in our area. Click here for a map of all the locally owned stores in the area. With the variety of shops in the area, I guarantee you will find a gift for everyone on your list.

The following holiday shopping events will also have hand-crafted gifts and more:

November 15: Holiday Vendor Show at Sunset Plaza Mall

November 15: Craft and Vendor Holiday Show at the Stables Event Center from 5-9PM

November 16: Holiday Flea Market at the Norfolk Senior Center from 9AM-3PM

November 16: Festi-fall Craft and Vendor Fair at the Tilden Public Library from 9AM-3Pm

November 23-24: Yuletide Market at Divots from 10AM-5:30PM

November 26: Riverpoint Christmas Festival in Downtown Norfolk from 4:30-7:30PM

December 7: Christmas Craft Show in Battle Creek at St. Johns Lutheran Fellowship Hall from 10AM-3PM

December 7-21: Shop by Christmas Tree Lights at the Sunset Plaza Mall

December 14-15: Holiday Market at Sunset Plaza Mall

For more information on these events, visit our website – https://visitnorfolkne.com/upcoming-events/

There’s no better time to start your holiday shopping! Stay tuned for more Christmas events by following us on Facebook at Visit Norfolk Area Nebraska.