As we prepare to leave our Pacific Street headquarters, we’ve asked people to share their memories of the building that has served as Goodwill’s Omaha home for the past 50 years.

Dolores Estrado

My favorite PAC memory began in October 1990. I remember walking in the front door and got a whiff of freshly baked cookies. The aroma was enough to make my toes curl. As I walked further, I would inhale that oh so wonderful sugary butter smell.

The aroma grounded me and it was so hard to move forward. It smelled like Christmas and happiness and warmth and that was just the sugar cookies. The chocolate chip cookies with all that chocolate was enough to send me over the edge…in becoming a cookie-holic. I knew I needed help. The huge cookies were priced at 20 cents each or 3 for 50 cents. Some days you were able to buy a bag of broken cookies for 50 cents. Ahhhhhhhh the good old days!!!

Where to buy the best and biggest burger in town? Go to Goodwill for lunch. Ray, the cook, made the best burgers in town. You would bite into one and the grease would run down your arms,…Ahhhhhhh the good old days.

One of my favorite lunches at Goodwill was the enchiladas. They were as long as an 8 inch plate and about 3 inches wide. An ice cream scoop was used to put sour cream on the enchilada. Ahhhhhh the good old days.

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