When Four Star Drug closed its last two pharmacy locations in May 2016, it left a bit of a hole in the Bethany neighborhood.

The location at 1344 N. 66th St. had been an anchor in the area for more than 50 years, outlasting many other area tenants.

The building remained vacant for about two years, but this summer, a new tenant moved in.

My Silver Attic touts itself as a "senior transition specialist."

"We do all things within the scope of senior move management," said Brian Workman, one of the owners of the business.

That can include helping seniors with a full-service move, helping them downsize as they move to an assisted-living facility or running an estate sale, he said.

Usually after an estate sale, there are items left over, Workman said, so the former Four Star space, which is about 5,000 square feet, acts as a showroom for consignment items.

At any given time, My Silver Attic might have leftovers from four to six estates, which are arranged together in their own section in the store as a "tribute" to the family or individual.

Workman said the store typically offers items for sale for about 45 days, and that whatever is left over can be picked up or My Silver Attic will donate it to charity.

In addition to estate items, the store also sells other items on consignment.

The Four Star location was his second choice -- he had his eye on a spot near 48th and Old Cheney Road, but he said he's glad he wound up in Bethany.

Though he leased the building in June, the showroom only opened within the past few weeks and the official grand opening was last weekend.

He said traffic and sales have been pretty good so far.

"There's a huge need for this," said Workman, who has previous experience working in the senior health industry.

He said he wouldn't be surprised if within the next six months to a year he's back on the south side of town looking for a second location.

With the closing of Four Star, Bethany lost the closest thing it had to an "anchor tenant." A grocery store, Bethany IGA, closed years ago, as did the Bethany hardware store.

The neighborhood now has an eclectic mix of tenants that includes restaurants, insurance agents and financial advisers, service businesses, an organ store and possibly the only co-owned bowling and vintage record store in the country.

The area, which stretches along Cotner Boulevard and 66th Street from just north of Vine Street to just north of Holdrege Street, is really a collection of small strip malls.

My Silver Attic is in the strip mall that stretches along the east side of 66th Street south of Cotner Boulevard.

Another strip mall stretches along the west side of 66th Street north of Holdrege Street. It's home to Gratitude Bakery and Cafe, Let's Talk Bowling, Backtrack Records and other stores.

Piccadilly Square, tucked between Holdrege and Cotner west of 66th Street, hosts the Critchett Lowrey Organ Center and Ming's House Chinese Restaurant, among other tenants.

A few blocks to the west on Cotner is another strip mall that's home to several businesses, including the Bethany Cafe.

Bethany Cafe has had several owners and a couple of different names over the years, and the latest owner is no stranger to the neighborhood.

Kelly Lilleholm moved from the south side of Lincoln to the north side when he was a sophomore in high school and graduated from Northeast.

"I fell in love with this part of town," Lilleholm said.

He said he's worked in the food service industry in one capacity or another since he was 17 and planned to own his own restaurant by the time he was 45.

"I'm right on track," said Lilleholm, who turned 44 earlier this month.

He and his business partner, Jeff Morrison, reopened the cafe in July.

Lilleholm said he wasn't planning on keeping the name, but the owner of the strip mall wanted it to be called Bethany Cafe.

Though the name is the same, the food won't be.

Right now he's focusing on serving diner food and trying to win back clientele he said were turned off by changes made by previous owners.

But he said he also plans to expand and serve all different types of food.

"By this time next year, we'll be a 24-hour restaurant with 13 mini restaurants inside of it," Lilleholm said.

He also plans to add delivery starting next month.

"We're here to serve the community of Bethany," Lilleholm said. "We want to serve every age group."

The strategy has been a success so far, he said.

"Every day we get busier."

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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