Macedonia just got a little cozier with a new bed and breakfast on 516 Cipher St., which opens Saturday.
Melia Clark purchased a “really cute” house with hopes to turn it into a renovation project for she and her husband’s retirement. After deciding to open the Macedonia House Bed and Breakfast in the home, Clark hired a contractor and went to work — now two years into the making.
“You can tell it was a really cute house even through the rough exterior. Cute architectural features ... my husband and I love older homes,” she said. “It’s been a labor of love.”
Furnishing the “labor of love” with reclaimed furniture from flea markets and auctions, Clark said they have made this house the “best of both worlds” for travelers wanting a fast-paced work day and a peaceful place to stay.
Although the house officially opens for business Saturday, Clark said 21 nights have already been reserved in the home. Reserved through Airbnb, Clark said the home can accommodate up to six visitors.
“We’ve had a lot of people who have wanted to stay away from the city while they are doing things in Omaha and Council Bluffs,” she said. “Our house is the place for that — you can have the whole house to yourself, a yard and a deck.”
The Airbnb app was the best route for the Clarks, knowing that many visitors might stay for RAGBRAI or the Carson Rodeo, she said.
“Airbnb keeps track of finances so I don’t have to worry about that when the guests are here,” Clark said. “The services that Airbnb provides are perfect.”
The home is equipped with two bedrooms that have queen-sized beds, one bathroom, a living area and full kitchen. Clark also offers four vintage bicycles and a three-wheeled bicycle for guests to ride through town.
Clark said guests can choose to have a full breakfast prepared by her or farm-fresh eggs and other breakfast delights will be provided.
“When I started, I did some research and found a lot of people would rather have privacy and food provided for them to make their own breakfast,” she said. “If anyone wanted to have a full bed and breakfast experience, I would do that upon request.”
Clark said Macedonia is a good community for a business venture like hers.
“Macedonia has a lot to offer for a small town and there are a lot of people who care about this town,”Clark said. “This is one more thing that will bring people in, it’s a friendly, welcoming community.”