Entrepreneurs bringing new life to outdated enterprise buildings on historic North twenty fourth Road | Native Enterprise Information

A newly renovated constructing at twenty fourth and Lake Streets was the best area in the best place on the proper time for entrepreneurs Theardis “Teddy” Younger and CharDale Barnes to continue to grow their very own enterprise whereas serving to different small companies and North Omaha develop, too.

Younger and Barnes just lately moved the principle workplace of their advertising, branding and internet providers agency, Steady Grey, right into a retail storefront area at 2520 N. twenty fourth St. It’s a part of Material, an city improvement of 5 industrial areas and three residences on the west aspect of twenty fourth Road simply north of Lake.

Steady Grey’s transfer brings one other native, Black-owned, for-profit enterprise to the historic North twenty fourth Road enterprise district, which is present process a revitalization.



“It’s thrilling to be part of that,” Younger mentioned amid a hubbub of pleased dialog amongst about 50 folks throughout Steady Grey’s opening festivities final week. “Simply with the vitality that’s taking place down right here, and the synergy. There’s so many organizations and companies which can be working onerous to get twenty fourth Road again to the place it was once. It’s taking place. We’re simply part of that.”

Younger, 39, and Barnes, 38, had been born and raised in North Omaha. Younger graduated from Benson Excessive College, and Barnes from North Excessive. They initially met at a church the place they had been engaged on completely different elements of manufacturing. Younger was freelancing in graphic design and advertising on the time. Barnes had a background in sound engineering, picture and video however was on the brink of go to Omaha Code College.


CharDale Barnes poses for a portrait Tuesday subsequent to his enterprise, Steady Grey, at 2520 N. twenty fourth St.

After Barnes graduated from coding courses, they launched their enterprise in 2015. They began with a number of primary media providers, aiming to assist companies construct robust manufacturers at inexpensive costs. Of their first seven years, they’ve expanded to supply a number of providers together with model images, customized web sites, graphic design and company video manufacturing.

The North twenty fourth Road area will probably be their headquarters. Barnes hopes to develop the enterprise from its present 4 workers, counting him and Younger, to a workforce of eight to 10 folks making six figures. They’re maintaining their earlier area, at 3223 N. forty fifth St., as a devoted picture and video studio and for leases.

Steady Grey has carried out work for quite a lot of companies and organizations, together with Union Pacific Railroad, 75 North, Charles Drew Well being Middle, Massive Mama’s Kitchen and Catering, First State Financial institution, Scooter’s Espresso, the Omaha Star, Two Ladies Cleansing and Jadomte’ Cell Nail Bar.

“Our enterprise helps companies construct the model of their goals,” Younger mentioned.

That features specialties in serving to organizations attain various audiences, and in serving to small companies develop. That features Black-owned and different minority companies, which is a part of what made the North twenty fourth Road location engaging.

“We wished to have a enterprise in North Omaha,” Younger mentioned. “That is a vital service that’s wanted for companies to develop. To have that proper right here, it’s about entry.”

However minority-owned companies sometimes have much less entry to branding and advertising providers, he mentioned.

“A number of minority companies should bootstrap, and when you’re bootstrapping, you don’t often have sufficient margin to market,” Younger mentioned. “So we do make it inexpensive as properly.”

Steady Grey’s new neighbors within the Material improvement embody a longtime neighborhood stalwart, Types of Evolution. Owned by founders Don and Yvonne McPherson for 16 years, the clothes retailer moved quickly from its nook spot at 2522 N. twenty fourth Road, and can transfer again when renovations are full. The Material Lab, an city design and neighborhood hub area, is at 2514 N. twenty fourth St. North Finish Teleservices has one other storefront within the complicated and has carried out some pop-ups there.


A newly renovated constructing on twenty fourth Road is a part of the historic North twenty fourth Road enterprise district that’s present process a revitalization.

The Material improvement connects at twenty fourth and Ohio Streets to 1 finish of the North Omaha Path, a motorcycle and pedestrian route that’s underneath building. Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church is to the north. To the south, North Omaha Music & Arts will fill the previous occasion and exhibit area dwelling of Love’s Jazz and Artwork Middle.

Throughout twenty fourth Road to the east, North Finish Teleservices plans a mixed-use improvement with its new company headquarters plus housing, meals service and day care. The Carver Legacy Middle just lately opened across the nook to the west. The Union for Modern Artwork, southeast of twenty fourth and Lake, is renovating one other outdated constructing into the Shirley Tyree Theater. As Younger and Barnes lower the ribbon for his or her enterprise final week, laborers had been engaged on a building fence for the theater.

“It’s an thrilling time,” Younger mentioned.

Manne Prepare dinner, a former metropolis planner who’s main the event of Material and the North Omaha Path, amongst different efforts, mentioned there’s a variety of potential and alternative within the space, and a variety of optimistic development will emerge over the subsequent 12 months or so. There’s dialogue, he mentioned, about whether or not that stretch of North twenty fourth Road is redeveloping as a enterprise district, a cultural district, an innovation district or a historic district.

“For my part, it’s all of these issues,” Prepare dinner mentioned.