Posts Tagged ‘Warren Buffett’

Photos of Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Whew! We made it!

Our fun-filled Berkshire Hathaway weekend has wrapped up and we’re in full Mother’s Day swing at Borsheims.

(Which seems like a great time to remind you that Mother’s Day is this Sunday and that your shareholder discount is good through Saturday at Borsheims and that we have a ton of great stuff for moms!)

Anyway, we’re enjoying reviewing the Berkshire Hathaway 50th Anniversary weekend through photos at our Flickr site.

You should take a look, too! See if you can spot yourself in some of the shots, and feel free to download the photos and use them for your own purposes. Here’s a slideshow of our shots from the big table tennis match-up between Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and Olympian Ariel Hsing.
Created with flickr slideshow.

Again, thanks for coming to Borsheims to celebrate 50 years of a profitable partnership! We start planning for next year today!

Thank You Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gates. Thank You Shareholders.

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

What an amazing day at Borsheims!

We had two legendary philanthropists, businessmen, and overall amazing humans visit us.Buffett and Gates play ping pong


They may not be the best table tennis players in the world (that title may rest with Olympian Ariel Hsing, who played Buffett and Gates and then Berkshire shareholders for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon), but Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were a delight to have at Borsheims once again.

Gates, Buffett, Hsing They played table tennis and then sat down for a few hands of bridge with bridge expert Sharon Osberg and several other shareholders.

buffett gates bridge

We feel so fortunate to be a part of the Berkshire Hathaway family every day of the year, but nothing reminds us more of our good fortune than the Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

Thanks to all our shareholders who travel from all over the world to visit with us, shop with us, and celebrate 50 years of Berkshire Hathaway with us.

Here’s to 50 more!

OWH: Kids Give Money Advice to Warren Buffett

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

I love the story the Omaha World Herald did this weekend where they asked first graders to give money advice to Warren Buffett.

(Full disclosure: I especially love it because it is my son’s class at Dundee Elementary so I know all the kids featured. They are awesome.)

Here are the sentences they had to complete:
If I had one billion dollars, ___________. If Warren Buffett had one billion dollars, ___________.
My favorite may have been Lucy who said she would buy a swimming pool and a real diamond. Lucy -come to Borsheims! We can get you a real diamond for much less than one billion dollars!

So how would you answer the question? What would you do with $1 billion? What would you suggest Warren Buffett does with $1 billion?


Playing the Sunday games at Borsheims

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

The shareholder brunch has kicked off and the games will begin soon.

Here’s how you can be a part of the fun at Borsheims today!

BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you’re solo come upstairs and sign up and we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. We do not know if Warren Buffett or Bill Gates will play bridge this year, but they usually sit down for several hands.

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! In his letter to shareholders, Mr. Buffett said he and Mr. Gates would play against her at 1pm.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

In addition to the games, we also have a well-known local performer singing in the tent. Check out Michael Lyon while you enjoy your brunch!

Sunday Funday at Borsheims!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Good morning shareholders!

Are you exhausted yet from your weekend of Berkshire Hathaway fun?

I hope not, because we have one more day of craziness in store. Although it is, admittedly, less crazy than both Friday and Saturday.

In fact, Sunday might be our favorite day at Borsheims. It’s somewhat relaxed, very entertaining, and the big guy himself visits us!

Warren Buffett is scheduled to stop by around 1pm today to play table tennis against Ariel Hsing.

Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

Olympian Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates in Table Tennis at the 2012 Shareholders Meeting

Usually Mr. Buffett brings his dear friend, Bill Gates. And a prop or two, because Ariel Hsing is an Olympic table tennis player.

Mr. Buffett then sometimes sits down for a few hands of bridge. With Mr. Gates as well.

Gates and Buffett play bridge

In the past years, Mr. Buffett has played salesman at Borsheims but he is now officially retired from that gig. He’ll be impossible to replace, but he certainly went out on top last year when he helped a young man propose to his girlfriend.

In addition to the Buffett-viewing, we have food and drinks (from 9am to 4pm) to nourish you, a magician to dazzle you and a performer in the tent to entertain you. Oh – and thousands of pieces of jewelry, watches and gifts to sell you!

See you soon!

See the proposal from #BRK50’s Annual Meeting Movie

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

I adore the annual meeting movie that Warren Buffett’s office and the amazing crew at Mason Video put together each year. This year was no exception. From the Geico camel kicking it off to the musical salute to managers at the end, it’s always perfection.

One of the most touching parts this year was the video of Warren Buffett helping Eric LaFante propose to his girlfriend, Carrie Fischer. You should probably see it again. With a tissue handy if you’re the sentimental type.

Isn’t that awesome? I love love.

The Omaha World Herald caught up with Eric and Carrie for a follow-up article this weekend. You can read all about how they met and how the proposal came about.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Eric and Carrie! We wish them all the best for their upcoming wedding this summer and for a long, blissful marriage.

Omaha Loves Berkshire Hathaway Weekend

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

I honestly don’t know if there’s another weekend that Omahans love as much as Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

I mean, the College World Series is pretty cool… but do they have people rolling out the customized red carpet like this?

Berkshire Bloody Maria

The Berkshire Bloody Maria is inspired by Warren Buffett and available only at Cantina Laredo in Omaha’s Midtown Crossing.


This isn’t carpet, but it’s definitely red! This is the Berkshire Bloody Maria – one of many customized Berkshire Hathaway items being offered in town this weekend. This one is especially cool because it’s made with tequila (that’s what makes it a Bloody Maria instead of Bloody Mary) and the tequila maker has a Berkshire Hathaway connection!

Avión Tequila was founded by Ken Austin, who credits a conversation with Warren Buffett at a NetJets event with inspiring him to start Avión. And the Berkshire Bloody Maria? It features Berkshire pork belly, or course. And also shrimp, grilled onion, tomato and jalapeño. I’d buy one just to eat the garnish!

Bloody Maria Garnish

Other restaurants will have specials, too. And bars. And retail shops. And – apparently – nail salons.

Borsheims FingernailsFingernails decorated with diamonds and the Borsheims logo aren’t an everyday sort of thing. It’s a Berkshire Hathaway weekend sort of thing! And our associates are kicking it off a few days early by decking out their nails.

What fun Berkshire Hathaway related items are you finding around town? Let us know in the comments so we can enjoy them, too!




Frequently Asked Berkshire Hathaway Weekend Questions

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

I have a few roles at Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

One of those roles is working the information kiosk at Regency Court (just outside of Borsheims’ mall entrance). Stop by and say ‘hi’ if you’re there!

In that role, I hear a lot of the same questions year after year. I thought I’d put together a little list of Frequently Asked Questions for you. And – as always – if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

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 has moved since last year! 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 I’ve never done it before. 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, Uber, or Lyft. 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 then sometimes plays bridge as well. 3) He makes two restaurant stops on Sunday night. Gorats and Piccolos. Reservations may 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!

50 Years of Berkshire Hathaway, 100+ Years of Borsheims

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

We are just putting the finishing touches on this great display near Borsheims’ Customer Service counter. It’s a look back at the history of Borsheims!



I love the photos of all the old storefronts. We were founded in 1870 in downtown Omaha and had a few different locations there before moving to anchor Regency Court in the 80s.

We have been known for our jewelry from the beginning, but during the height of the railroad industry, we also served as the official watch inspection site for all the railcars entering Omaha.

And of course, there’s this awesome part of our history. We were founded by Louis Borsheims, but are know best for these two long-time owners.

Berkshire HistoryIke Friedman, a dynamic businessman, developed the business philosophy that still guides the company today – offer an extensive inventory and exceptional customer service at the lowest possible price.

Warren Buffett knew Ike Friedman and in 1989, agreed to buy Borsheims on a handshake and the trust he had in what Ike started.

It has paid off! You can read more of our store’s history here and make sure to check out the new display near gift wrap and customer service.


Genius of Buffett Students Tour Borsheims

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We told you last week about how MBA students from across the nation come to Omaha throughout the year to tour Borsheims and Nebraska Furniture Mart and get some one-on-one time with Warren Buffett.

They aren’t the only ones treated to tours. We regularly host tours of the store for different groups (call the store if you want one @ 800-642-GIFT).

Tonight, we’re thrilled to welcome 40 lifelong learners from around the world who are participating in the Genius of Buffett seminar. The seminar is at the University of Nebraska Omaha and is billed as the premiere way to learn the principles and methods used by the world’s greatest investor. It covers Warren Buffett’s role as chairman and CEO as well as philanthropist and educator. And it’s apparently a very popular class!

Students from 17 countries are coming in to attend the spring session, which runs today through Wednesday. They hail from the United States, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Belgium, Thailand, Brazil, Aruba, Greece, Germany, Curacao, Macau SAR, Denmark, Venezuela, Canada, and Ireland.

Welcome to all the Buffett seminar guests! We hope you enjoy your tour of Borsheims, your lessons about Warren Buffett, and your time in Omaha!