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What Jewelry, Watch, Gift Vendors will be at Borsheims?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Borsheims is known as one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the nation. That’s based on square footage of the store itself as well as the wide inventory of jewelry, watches, and fine gifts carried in the store.

Each spring, we carefully go through our list of jewelry, watch, and gift vendors to invite a select few to join us for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

Those vendors then bring in their absolute best goods for the weekend. We’re talking art-museum quality jewelry pieces, the first glimpse at a new and highly-anticipated watch, and one-of-a-kind artwork for your home or office.

This year, we have another spectacular rundown of vendors joining us for the weekend. You can access the entire list of our vendors here. We have dozens of additional brands available in the store, but we cannot possibly fit all of our vendors and all their extra goodies in the store at once so we do have to limit which lines can actually send vendors and additional merchandise for the weekend.

Do you like this year’s list? Are there any vendors you want us to include in next year’s list? Or any lines that we don’t carry that you’d like to see in store at Borsheims? Let me know in the comments!

Shopping at Regency during Berkshire Weekend

Monday, April 24th, 2017

If you’re visiting Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway weekend (and really, you should!), you can also spend some time checking out some of the other shops within the Regency shopping center where Borsheims is located.

We’re thankful for our shopping center neighbors – they do put up with our crowds of 30,000+ people every year and our Friday and Sunday parties we throw for our shareholders. We know they’re also thankful to see all of you and they want to pass along some discounts to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

Here’s a quick rundown of some deals you can see at Regency this year:

Christian Nobel Furs – 65% off all in stock furs – Thursday thru Sunday

Evereve – 15% off entire purchase – Thursday thru Sunday

Francescas – 20% off one full-priced item – Friday thru Sunday

Garbo’s – 15% off entire retail purchase – Thursday thru Sunday

Learning Express Toys – 10% off entire purchase – Thursday thru Sunday

Parsows – $50 off of $200 or more – Thursday thru Sunday

Pottery Barn – 20% off one item – Friday thru Sunday

Pottery Barn Kids – 20% off one item – Friday thru Sunday

Williams-Sonoma – 20% off one item (exclusions apply) – Friday thru Sunday

White House Black Market – 25% off entire purchase – Thursday thru Sunday

We hope you’re able to find all the deals you’re looking for. Remember to show your shareholder pass for the discounts! And for those non-shareholders, here’s some information about when Regency will be open to the general public:

Regency Shopping Hours – Berkshire Weekend

General Public Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm (Flemings will also be open for lunch on Friday)
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Plan your Berkyville Buys Now!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

We’re almost two weeks away from the most fun annual shareholders meeting on the planet!

It’s time to start thinking about what deals you can score when you shop in Berkyville – the huge convention center filled with Berkshire Hathaway companies selling their goods to you at a steep discount.

We don’t know yet what kind of great deals our sister companies like Pampered Chef and Brooks will be running this year.

We do know the Bookworm (not a Berkshire company, but a friend) has released its list of Warren Buffett-approved books they’ll have on site. Click here to see what the Oracle hopes you read.

And we’re ready at Borsheims to share the incredible deals on jewelry, watches, and gifts we’ll be offering. These deals are available both Friday and Saturday at the CenturyLink Center and they really are incredible. We have diamond studs, pearl strands, watches, and all sorts of Berkshire Hathaway souvenirs you’ll want to take home at you – at prices that no one can beat.

Watch the video to get a glimpse of all we have to offer this year. But act quick if you want to purchase during Berkshire weekend. Many of our items sell out quickly!

Buffett-related Learning Opportunities in Omaha during BRK Weekend

Monday, April 17th, 2017

While most shareholders come to Omaha to take in the meeting, do some shopping (and saving!), and see the sights, there are several shareholders who want to soak up as much Buffett and Berkshire knowledge as they can. For them, Omaha has plenty to offer! Over the past decade or so, many seminars have popped up surrounding Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to provide eager shareholders with even more Buffett and Berkshire related information.

Here are a few that have caught our eye – and a bit of info about them from their respective websites:

Value Investing Panel at Creighton University
Friday, May 5, 2017 – 3:00pm

Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and Portfolio Practicum class will be hosting a value investing panel discussion at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 5th, in the Mike and Josie Harper Center. A reception will follow the panel discussion at 5:00 pm.

Currently in it’s ninth year, the Value Investing Panel (VIP) is organized and run by the Portfolio Practicum students each year, and is designed for students and investors interested in value investment. It is also open to members of the community who would like to hear panelists’ thoughts on the current state of the stock market and alternative investment strategies. Picking the brain of just one of the panelists would be illuminating. Hearing their combined thoughts in a panel discussion atmosphere is a rare opportunity.

The Portfolio Practicum class is an experiential learning opportunity unique to the Heider College of Business. Students learn portfolio management techniques and augment classroom lessons on valuation skills while gaining real-world investment practice; this year’s class invested more than $6 million of the University’s endowment.

Genius of Buffett Seminar
The Genius of Warren Buffett is the first of twelve in-depth sessions of the extraordinary life of a financial, management, business and charitable legend. The course is offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha by the author, Buffett Scholar and worldwide lecturer Robert P. Miles.

The course has been designed for students of all ages including: Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, senior managers, entrepreneurs, private investors, investment professionals, association executives, foundation leaders, corporate directors, family offices and generally for those with a curiosity and fascination of Warren Buffett, to join with UNO graduate students to explore an in-depth evaluation of the life, character, investment, management, business, and charitable career of one of the greatest business leaders of all time.

Course runs 8am – 5pm Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3. Participants may attend optional evening dinner (not included) at various Omaha locations.
Value Investor Conference

A small gathering for the independent thinking investor, where world-class investors meet Warren Buffett CEOs. Geared particularly for the very seasoned and concentrated investor who prefers a more quantitative (numbers and measurable) and qualitative (management and non measurable) approach to selecting investments.

According to Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, “All intelligent investing is value investing.” Therefore, this value and intelligent investor retreat is enjoyed by independent minded investment professionals from around the world representing private investors,certified financial analysts, high net worth individuals, hedge fund managers, family offices, registered investment advisors, stock brokers, financial consultants, security analysts, pension fund consultants, public pension funds, independent trust companies, endowments, foundations, and mutual fund managers.

Seminar is Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5 at University of Nebraska Omaha.

We hear that these seminars can sell out quickly, so make sure to register soon if your’e interested. If we weren’t so busy during Berkshire weekend ourselves, we would attend!

What’s the Best Nickname for Warren Buffett?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Visitor's Guide Cover 2017This year’s annual meeting theme is a definite nod to one of Warren Buffett’s nicknames. He’s often referred to as the “Wizard of Omaha,” and this theme definitely has a yellow brick road, there’s-no-place-like-home feel going to it.

Omaha’s Buffett-focused reporter, The Omaha World-Herald’s Steve Jordon, is apparently not a fan of that nickname. In his column last week, he noted his preference of a nickname.
“Personally, I prefer “Oracle,” but that’s tougher to show in a drawing”. – Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald reporter
So what do you think? Do you have a nickname you use for our esteemed Chairman? Take our poll to vote on your favorite, or submit your suggestion for a nickname for Mr. Buffett!


Watch the Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary on Eve of Berkshire Weekend

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for those Berkshire Hathaway shareholder traveling to Omaha early.

Our wonderful nonprofit local theater is showing a special screening of the excellent documentary Becoming Warren Buffett.

Becoming Warren Buffett Doc showing

You will need advance tickets to attend the showing at 7pm on Thursday, May 4th.

Tickets are on sale starting TODAY (April 6) by clicking here or visiting www.filmstreams.org/film/warren.

We have talked before on this site about how much we love this documentary. It’s a great insight into Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and even if you’re not a Berkshire groupie, it’s a moving portrait of a human. We can’t recommend it enough!

The New Meeting Guide is Here!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

This is how I’m feeling today!

The New Phonebooks are Out

I’m not sure what it is about the annual meeting guide’s first appearance in my mailbox each year, but it does make me believe that, in the words of Navin R. Johnson, “I’m somebody now!”

All joking aside, the arrival of the annual meeting guide is always exciting because we get an official rundown of Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend fun. And a glimpse of the theme of each year’s meeting. This year’s cover is very fun!

Visitor's Guide Cover 2017

Make sure to peruse the guide online by clicking here or you can always find the guide on the right side of our homepage here at www.borsheimsbrk.com.

Read through it, Berkies, and make sure to ask me any questions you may have.

Today is the day: Call Gorat’s!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If you want in on one of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders favorite Omaha traditions, make sure to call today and reserve your table at Gorat’s for dinner during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.A photo of the exterior of Gorat's steakhouse

Here’s what Warren Buffett says about the event:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 3 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We have never been able to attend the Sunday event at Gorat’s (we’re still wrapping up our Sunday fun at Borsheims at that time), but we’ve eaten at Gorat’s a number of times. It’s great – and sitting a table or two away from Warren Buffett is the cherry on the cake (or the cherry in your root beer float, if that’s more your style).

But call soon – the tables fill up quickly!

Answering your Questions about Credentials…

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
I’m getting a lot of questions about how to get your hands on credentials for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Let me tackle the most asked-for information:
  • You must have shareholder credentials to attend the weekend’s official events, including the Borsheims cocktail party, Borsheims shareholder-only shopping day, the annual shareholders meeting on Saturday, the Berkyville shopping area in the CenturyLink Center, and to receive the discounts at Borsheims and Nebraska Furniture Mart.
  • You can receive your credentials (up to 4 per shareholder) by filling out a form that came in your annual report from Berkshire Hathaway and mailing that form into Berkshire Hathaway. They’ll then send you your requested credentials in a few weeks.
    • If you didn’t receive an annual report, contact your stockbroker and ask them to send you one.
    • If you still can’t get your hands on an annual report, see the next step.
  • You can get credentials once you arrive in Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. On Friday, May 5 from 11am to 6pm and Saturday, May 6 from 7am to 4pm, visit the Shareholder Services kiosk inside the CenturyLink Center. Bring a photo ID and proof of stock ownership (like a statement from your broker) and you will be given your credentials.
  • If you still can’t seem to get your credentials, there are always a few ways to gain access:
    • Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate office usually puts some credentials for sale on eBay for about $5 each (to keep scalpers from selling them)
    • Find a shareholder who doesn’t need all four of their credentials and ask them to share.
  • If you are a member of the media, you’ll need to contact Berkshire Hathaway headquarters directly for credentials. Please call them at (402)346-1400. You must go through their office to be credentialed for the weekend’s events.
Hope that helps! We’re excited to see you all in Omaha very soon!

A Must-See Movie before this year’s Berkshire Hathaway weekend

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

We’re not usually in the business of making movie recommendations around these parts, but this movie is a MUST.

Photo grab from Becoming Warren Buffett on HBO

The HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. It is a wonderfully intimate and insightful look into Mr. Buffett’s entire life – from his childhood, to his formative years, to the years where he was building Berkshire Hathaway into the success that it is today and even covering his incredible philanthropy.

Mr. Buffett gave the filmmakers great access – encouraging his family members to speak with them which provided lots of new-to-the-public video footage and photos of Buffett’s childhood. They include interviews with his children and several excerpts from an old interview with his late wife, Susan.

The end result is touching, informative, profound, and just plain lovely.

The people I’ve talked with who already loved Warren Buffett love him even more after watching the movie. And the people who didn’t know too much about him are now in love with him.

Check out the preview below for a sneak peek.

Promo
I’m sure there will be lots of discussion about this documentary among the thousands coming to Omaha for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend this year. Don’t be left out of the conversation – catch the documentary on HBO before you come!