FieldHaven Marketplace: Best of the Best
By FieldHaven Feline Center
You probably already know FieldHaven’s Marketplace is located at 454 F Street in downtown Lincoln, but you may not know it is housed in a WWII vintage Quonset hut that has been at that address since 1948.
Once a hardware store, a church, a gym, and a retail store, the Quonset hut is now the home of FieldHaven’s venture into retail.
The store is staffed by four employees, and largely driven by volunteers who provide valuable labor, knowledge and assistance. All are motivated by FieldHaven’s maxim: “For every cat in need, a solution.”
The Marketplace experience begins on the loading dock, where volunteers process generous donations received from the Lincoln community. A wide variety of items are sorted, cleaned, and priced behind the scenes – some set aside to be listed on eBay.
The goods, which range from commonplace to eclectic, are brought to the sales floor to be showcased: Limoges china, Hummel figurines, hand tools, and furniture. Let’s not forget the artwork, jewelry, a kid’s department, and a selection of women’s and men’s clothing. All proceeds from sales go toward FieldHaven’s work saving cats and kittens.
The highlight of the Marketplace is Champy’s Catfé, where customers enjoy the company of adoptable felines while sipping coffee, tea or hot chocolate – and surfing free WiFi of course! They can spend time with adoptable cats right there in the Catfé or take one or more home on a Purrjama Party for a trial period.
This year, the Marketplace was honored by Lincoln’s Best of the Best and received the award for the Best Thrift Store in Lincoln. Marketplace is not only a store. It’s a place where you can enjoy the companionship of cats while supporting a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to saving as many lives as possible.