Opening of a new bookshop and art studio in Hastings town center

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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ is a new business opening soon in downtown Hastings. It will be a bookstore and an art studio rolled into one.

Owner Dacia Wright told Local4 News that at first she had no plans to open a business.

“I originally went to Hastings College to be an art teacher, but the longer I was in the classroom, the more I learned about the standards we had to teach, the less I really wanted to be a teacher,” Wright said.

Instead, she decided to create a place where people of all ages could visit, learn, and creatively express themselves.

Wright said she chose to open The Heart’s Desire in Hastings because it is her hometown.

“We haven’t had a bookstore for three years now, so I know a lot of people definitely miss having a bookstore, and I know people have said before that this would be the place to go because they love books,” Wright noted. “They love buying books, new or used, they’re thrilled about that, and I’m thrilled to be able to provide that to them. So I just hope it’s like a safe space for people to be creative and read.

She will offer a variety of art classes such as painting, drawing, pottery and will offer private lessons for special events.

The motto of the store is: “Venture in knowledge and creativity”.

The Heart’s Desire is located at 721 W 1st St. and doors will officially open to customers at 10 a.m. on August 2. The inauguration will take place at 11:45 a.m. on opening day.

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