Author: Alan Rust
I discovered @OmahaUpcycle on Instagram. I set up a time to talk with owner Mark Sundermeier at the unique weekend popup market inside the West Habitat Restore. Mark originally served our city as a police officer. After he retired, he started American Arborist Wood Products (@AAWoodProduct)with his son. That arbor company removes trees around the city. Mark wanted to repurpose the wood they collected. That was the start of Omaha Upcycle. He needed to clear his projects gathered in the garage for 'some day.'
He started creating furniture items with the wood from the trees. The bar/table you see above is an excellent example of his work. The business branched out to repurposing other found items. The home decor items I saw at the Market, everything is very well made. You can follow the Instagram to see new items or visit the Habitat Restore at 109th and Emmet.