The Keeping Room is in the heart of historic downtown Nebraska City. Our story began in 2005 with antiques, holiday and home decor expanded to include The Cafe in 2014 and expanded again to include The Upstairs Clothing Boutique in 2018.
The building was constructed in 1870, 16 years after Nebraska City was founded. The Keeping Room is perfectly named after one of colonial time’s oldest rooms. A Keeping Room was the heart of the home as it was close to the kitchen and provided warmth, relaxation and a place for friends and family to gather.
The Keeping Room is a destination for boutique shopping and delicious hometown dining. It has a reputation for creating lasting memories with friends and family.
Bryan and Kelly
We moved to Nebraska City after Bryan retired from 26 years in the Army. I have been in education, administration and a stay-at-home mom of three great kids. We lived in Europe and many places in the United States. We enjoyed exploring nature and history everywhere. I love The Keeping Room because it encompasses my favorite things; gardening, homemade food, antiques, unique treasures and people. It has been a blessing to build relationships with our staff, local customers and the tourists over the years.
Derek & Taylor
We are both natives of Nebraska City and love our little town. Derek always knew he would farm with his family, just southwest of town on McGinnis Family Farms, where we live with our sweet daughter, Hadlie Jade. I graduated with my teaching degree from Peru State College, just down the road from Nebraska City. I taught at Lourdes Central Catholic for five years, before venturing into the business world. My passion for home décor and interior design stems from my late mother, and The Keeping Room has always been one of my favorite spots. Derek and I purchased the retail side from Kelly and Bryan in March 2022 and feel honored to be entrusted with a business they’ve put their hearts and souls into building. We are so blessed to be a part of The Keeping Room family.