It was a novel idea for the town, but for Annie Allen it was a natural mix. Formerly the art teacher at the local K through 12 school, Annie opened Roasted: Art and Coffee three years ago in a storefront under the one blinking yellow light on Highway 200. As advertised, the shop offers a full selection of coffee as well as an eclectic mix of art and gifts from local and regional artists. True to her job history, Annie also offers an assortment of fun and original art classes in the cozy classroom in the back of the house.
Just off the beaten path, down a long driveway that winds through willows and wildflowers and wraps it’s way up a slope, is the home of Jerry and Susie Biresch. What was once a 160 acre homestead where dairy cattle and chickens roamed, and potato plants ruled the hilltop, is now the site of the Iron Hammer Forge. It is here that Jerry has spent the last 25 years making a living doing what he loves – using his blacksmith shop to create works of art.
Rick Rowley’s intricate wood carvings have been a staple of the Lincoln landscape for years. From the Forest Service Ranger Station to the historic Hotel Lincoln to Hooper Park, his work can be spotted just about everywhere in town, and throughout the state and the country for that matter. Rowley operates under the moniker of The Lost Woodsman, and the business has recently become a family affair. Rick’s daughter, Rikki, has taken over operation of The Lost Woodsman Gallery in Lincoln with the hopes of creating a family friendly gathering place for the community.
The Lost Woodsman is an art gallery, gift shop, and cafe rolled into one. The art and gifts offered here are a celebration of the Western spirit and culture, and the food is comforting and familiar (and pretty darn tasty according to the locals).
The newest addition to the line-up of offerings here is a beer and wine license to facilitate what has been dubbed “the lounge”. Rikki is a lover of music and a good glass of wine, and wanted to offer a place for local musicians and families to mingle and indulge in drink offering not typically found in other local establishments. The lounge features a corner stage complete with amps and a keyboard, and chalkboard topped tables that encourage artistic expression of all patrons young to old. The plan for the lounge is to feature live music from local and regional acts, as well as open mic nights. Rikki’s hope is that musically inclined folks will feel welcome to stop in anytime, plug into the amp, and play to their heart’s content.