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YP in the News: House of Loom weaves social fabric

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Brent Crampton

YOU CAN'T REALLY CALL IT a club, even though they serve specialty cocktails featuring onsite-squeezed juices and custom-created syrups under the direction of bartender Chris Engles, formerly of the Boiler Room. And you can’t really call it a performance venue, even though the rotation of gigs showcases a mix of spoken word, film and performance art complimented by the occasional live band.

So just how does one define the business launch housed in the former Goofy Foot Lodge space at 1012 S. 10th St.?

“The House of Loom is an artful social experiment that happens to sell booze in order to keep its doors open,” explained Brent Crampton. Loom is Crampton’s nomadic mash-up that is part dance party, part platform for social change and part diversity blender that connects disparate communities in Omaha. One-off Loom happenings have traveled to such digs as the Joslyn Art Museum and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, all while operating out of an erstwhile pseudo-home base of España in Benson.

The House of Loom establishes a permanent home for the endeavor that also often acts as a forum for non-profits seeking to get their message out to young professionals.

Crampton’s House of Loom partners are Loom co-founder Jay Kline and entrepreneur Ethan Bondelid.

“Loom is all about weaving a social fabric,” Crampton added, “and at House of Loom people can expect to be creatively engaged. You’ll hear, taste and experience something new.”


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