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Revisiting some Frequently Asked Questions

Monday, April 25th, 2016

We did this post last year – but it’s worth repeating. We get the same questions year after year, so I’ll give you the same answers year after year.

Here are a few of the FAQs we always get:

Q: Where is The Bookworm?

A: The Bookworm (a great local bookstore that carries a huge supply of Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett related books) has a booth at the CenturyLink Center on both Friday and Saturday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. But they also have a main storefront, which moved two years ago. You can now find The Bookworm about a mile south of where they used to be located. They’re now in Loveland Centre near 90th and Center Streets. If you want to get a sneak peek at all the Berkshire Hathaway books they’re carrying this year, they put together this handy list!

Q: Are there any Dairy Queen locations nearby?

A: There are! And trust me, I know how to get there. And what to order. (The banana split blizzard is my go-to.) The DQ closest to Borsheims is just south of 114th and Dodge Streets. There’s another on 72nd & Blondo, about a mile and a half north of Nebraska Furniture Mart. If you’re elsewhere in Omaha, find a nearby Dairy Queen by checking this handy locator on their website.

Q: Can I walk from Borsheims to Nebraska Furniture Mart?

A: You could, I suppose. But it’s not very walk-friendly. My friend Google Maps shows it’s about 3 miles and would take about an hour. If you take the suggested route, you’ll walk through some pretty posh neighborhoods, so that’s cool. Or you could just call a taxi or Uber. Or ask another friendly shareholder for a lift.

Q: Where can I see Warren Buffett?Buffett, Gates play ping pong

A: Like up close and personal? Your best bet is one of three places. 1) He wanders the floor of the CenturyLink Center checking out the exhibitors on Saturday before the annual meeting begins. He is usually surrounded by a horde of media, but you can try to elbow your way in. 2) He comes to Borsheims on Sunday afternoon around 1pm. He usually plays a little table tennis with Ariel Hsing and bridge. 3) He makes a stop at Gorat’s Restaurant on Sunday night. I’m sure reservations are already be gone, but you can sure try to snag a spot.

Q: Can you get this hand-crafted-ukulele, picture-of-my-kid-who-looks-like-Charlie-Munger, life-size-replica-of-Warren-Buffett-made-out-of-q-tips to Warren Buffett to have him sign?

A: Nope. Wish I could, but I can’t. He’s pretty busy during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend and so are we. Chances are pretty good that your prized possession would get lost in the shuffle if I took it!

 

If you have any other questions, leave them in the comments or come see me at the Info Desk in front of Borsheims.

Shareholder Discounts Start Today BRKers!

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Start your shopping now, Berkshire Hathaway shareholders!

While Borsheims always gives a great price to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, the discount is extra big starting today and going through Saturday, May 7th.

Nebraska Furniture Mart’s discount period starts tomorrow and runs only through Monday.

Shareholder Discount Period

We recommend shopping early and often! Can’t wait to see you in the store!

11 Things Only Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders Know

Monday, April 27th, 2015

1. An extra suitcase is always a good idea. You’ll leave Omaha with plenty of souvenirs.

Shopping

 

2. The biggest party in Omaha features free food and drinks, a great band, and amazing people watching.

Cocktail party 012

 

3. But don’t party too late. The line for good seats on Saturday starts at 4am.

CLink Line

 

 

4. Going to “The Mart” doesn’t mean Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or Kwik-E-Mart.

 

5. Taking pictures in front of this house? Totally normal.

Buffett's home

 

6. Just make sure you have the right house. This is not Warren’s house.

omaha19

 

7. If you get the wrong house, Nebraskans won’t laugh at you. Nebraska Nice? That’s a real thing!

Nebraska Nice

 

8. The weather could be hot. Or rainy. Or snowy. And sometimes you’ll hear tornado sirens. This is all very normal for May in Nebraska.

Snow covers the Borsheims parking lot on Berkshire Hathaway Eve 2013

 

9. You never know who may sit down at your bridge table and play a few hands.

Gates and Buffett play bridge

 

10. There’s no shortage of great restaurants in town, but only two of them guarantee a glimpse of your favorite billionaire.

piccolosGorat's

 

 

11. Book your hotel room for next year’s annual meeting as you check out from this year’s annual meeting. Hotel rooms disappear faster than a DQ Blizzard!

BlizzardIsComing

BRK Shareholders: Do you know about #TexasTuesday?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I love Tuesdays because:

a) it’s not Monday, and

b) #TexasTuesdays!

Not to be confused with Taco Tuesdays (which are a big thing among my kids and their friends!), #TexasTuesdays for us are all about Nebraska Furniture Mart’s huge new store opening soon in Texas.

An aerial photo from January 2014 gives you an idea of just how big NFM Texas will be!

An aerial photo from January 2014 gives you an idea of just how big NFM Texas will be!

And when we say huge, we mean it. It will be America’s Largest Home Furnishings store, with 550,000 square feet of showroom space for furniture, flooring, appliances and electronics. The warehouse is more than 22 football fields in size.

Most Berkshire Hathaway shareholders who have been to Omaha have visited Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Omaha location and know just how enormous it is. The Texas store is even bigger.

So each Tuesday, our friends (and Berkshire Hathaway family) at Nebraska Furniture Mart have Texas Tuesday where they give a sneak peek of the Texas store. The last few weeks have featured GoPro tours of the store.

You can see it will be impressive. Warren Buffett certainly thinks so. He has said he expects that all three stores (Omaha, Kansas City and Dallas/Fort Worth) will do a combined $1 billion in sales annually.

While NFM Texas hasn’t set an official opening date yet, Mr. Buffett will be there on April 8 to speak at a cancer fundraiser. The store has been having a soft open, inviting bloggers, journalists and others into the store for a sneak peek and some shopping.

So go online and check out #TexasTuesday. You can find info on NFM’s YouTube channel, their Twitter accounttheir Facebook page, or even their blog!

And welcome, NFM Texas, to the Berkshire family. We hope to hike your showroom soon!

What to do with the rest of your Saturday, Berkshire Shareholders

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

If you’ve left the question and answer session at the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting, or if you’re waiting a few more hours until the end of Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger’s always interesting Q&A session, we have some ideas for the rest of your Saturday.

The official Berkshire Hathaway event schedule suggests checking out the NetJets display at TAC Air across from Eppley Airfield until 4:30pm. A shuttle is available – find out more at the NetJets booth in the CenturyLink Center.

We always suggest shopping at Borsheims. We also have a shuttle that runs from the CenturyLink Center to our store – leaving every 20 minutes through 5pm. Nebraska Furniture Mart has one as well.  It leaves every 45 minutes through 10pm.

Nebraska Furniture Mart is where the Berkshire Hathaway Big League Picnic is held.  They have live entertainment from DJ’s Dugout’s Blazin’ Pianos with food from Famous Dave’s, Domino’s, Sonic or Paradise Bakery & Cafe. Tickets are $5 – you can buy them at the door. The event runs from 5:30-8.

If you are looking for places to eat around town (and I know many of you are – I answered a lot of questions about restaurants last night at our info booth), we have a list of great restaurants and I did a blog post with some suggestions for places to eat. Many of the restaurants will be booked up for the evening, but I’m sure some will still have availability.

The Omaha World Herald compiled a list of free and low-cost options for shareholders for the weekend. From free places to view art to great areas for a walk, the list is full of good suggestions no matter what your budget.

Enjoy your evening but rest up for tomorrow’s final day of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend; when Warren Buffett plays salesman at Borsheims, takes on an Olympian in ping pong and gets a few hands of bridge in with his buddy Bill Gates. You don’t want to miss it!

Want a behind-the-scenes look at Berkshire Weekend Preparations?

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

If you’ve stepped into Borsheims, Nebraska Furniture Mart, or several other Omaha businesses in the past week, you’ve noticed it.

It’s a busy hum.

It’s a palpable sense of excitement.

It’s an eagerness for next week to go ahead and get here already!

It’s the week leading up to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, and things are getting a little crazy around Omaha.

After all, it takes some work to prepare for 35,000+ of your favorite friends to come visit you.

The Omaha World Herald wrote about what it takes to get ready for the weekend in today’s paper.

Some of my favorite parts:

– Gorats finding a place for 1500 pounds of steak.

– How much root beer Piccolos goes through during Berkshire weekend.

– Nebraska Furniture Mart drilling hundreds of holes in their parking lot to hold the tents.

– And a sneak peek at what is bound to be the hot seller at Borsheims this year, a Warren Buffet signed diamond!!!

We are counting down the hours at this point and we cannot wait. In fact, this time next week, Warren Buffett will be selling diamonds and other jewelry at Borsheims to a few dozen very lucky shareholders.

 

We’ll have lots of information for you on the blog this week, so stay tuned.

And if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Just leave a comment and I will get right back to you.

What’s New for #BRK2014? A Texas-Sized Furniture Mart!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

This is the third part in our series of What’s New for Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders.

(Read the first part here, about a new store for Borsheims. The second part, about Borsheims new CEO is here.)

The big news for our sibling store, Nebraska Furniture Mart, is that they are in the midst of building the largest furniture store in the nation.

It’s huge. Of course. It’s in Texas, and everything is bigger in Texas. The store will have more than 560,000 square feet of showroom space. NFM Texas

Check out this video from the Dallas CBS station to get a glimpse at the construction. It is set to open next March, and developers expect people to travel at least 6 hours to shop there.

I’m pretty sure we’ll travel even from Omaha just to take a look at this!

The Nebraska Furniture Mart folks have a blog dedicated to the new store. Read it to see how they’re making this a green store, check in on construction updates, and see just how huge this place will be.

Congratulations to our sibling company, Nebraska Furniture Mart! And an even bigger congrats will be in store next year, as NFM Texas is open and making Texas-sized sales!

The Nebraska Furniture Mart BBQ

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

A lot of you wonderful Berkshire Hathaway shareholders came to see me at the information booth last night at Borsheims cocktail party.

Thanks for saying ‘hi’!

The question I was asked most frequently was about tonight’s barbeque at Nebraska Furniture Mart.

You wanted to know where it is (the parking lot at Nebraska Furniture Mart).

You wanted to know how to get tickets (at the door, for $5).

And you were worried it would sell out early (they usually have plenty of pulled pork sandwiches, but get there when it starts at 5:30 and you shouldn’t have a problem).

All the details we have are available in our Berkshire Hathaway shareholders guide, available on the right hand side of this page or by clicking here.

Berkshire Hathaway Discount Starts TODAY at Borsheims

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Welcome to the kick-off of Berkshire Hathaway week! At Borsheims, the fun starts today as the discount period kicks in for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.

The discount – which varies depending on the item purchased, but is the best discount we offer at Borsheims – starts today and runs through next Saturday, May 11th.

The discount at Nebraska Furniture Mart starts tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30th and runs through Monday, May 6th.

Bring in your shareholder credentials and we’ll be happy to show you how much you can save on jewelry, gifts and timepieces!

Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders: Ready, Set, Shop!

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Your discount starts… now!

At least at Borsheims it does! Berkshire Hathaway shareholders can get special Berkshire pricing on almost everything in our store from now (Monday, April 30) through next Saturday, May 12. Just bring your shareholder credential in with you and show it to your salesperson to get your special pricing.

The shareholder credential will also get you discounts at Nebraska Furniture Mart (Omaha location only). Their discount period begins tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) and runs through Monday, May 7.

It’s a great time of year to buy in Omaha!