A one-of-a-kind space for retailers and shoppers
The first of its kind in Omaha, Fair Deal Village MarketPlace sits on what was once a vacant lot at 2118 North 24th Street – now a series of shipping containers, reimagined and redesigned as retail spaces.
This project pivoted around what once was the Fair Deal Café. Open daily for more than four decades, the Café was a space where anyone could experience the many slices of North Omaha’s history. Frequented by celebrities such as Jesse Jackson during the Civil Rights era, the Café was often referred to as Omaha’s Black City Hall. Yet, it remained a neighborhood gathering place for the Sunday after-church crowds, local residents, business owners and their employees, and teenagers until its closure in 2003.
The Fair Deal Village MarketPlace is a place that addresses barriers to economic entry among low- and low-moderate income business owners who, unable to rent traditional storefronts in the city, can find unique and affordable commercial spaces in repurposed shipping containers.
Today, Fair Deal Village MarketPlace is alive and thriving as home to some of North Omaha’s most popular businesses and the backdrop to special events all year long. We invite you to visit, explore our stores, dine, attend our next big event, and see how a few shipping containers became the shopping destination for our community.
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