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From the Editor-Best of Omaha 2019

November 12, 2018 by

Great stories are built from passion. I should know, I read a lot of great stories—nonfiction stories at the magazine, and fiction stores in the comfort of my home.

Best of Omaha is, in itself, a great story. The magazine published its first publicly-voted list in 1992, when my hair added at least three inches to my stature, and included such categories as “Best Place to Buy CDs and Tapes.” While the first-place winner, Homer’s, is still around, the category is not. And regardless of Pepsi’s efforts in the late 1970s and early 1980s to become the cola of choice with the “Cola Wars” campaign, Pepsi and Coca-Cola tied for first place in the category “Best Soda.”

The readers responded positively to the contest, and it became an annual feature of the magazine, expanding with a variety of categories each year. In 1995, the winners for “Best Known Omahan” were Warren Buffett, Willie Theisen, and Mrs. B. It would be interesting to see if Warren Buffett tops that list today. Conor Oberst, who started Bright Eyes in 1995, might give him a run for his money.

As the years progressed, the contest grew, and the listing went from publication inside Omaha Magazine to being one of the magazine’s eight annual issues. Today’s contest includes many categories that nobody would have thought of in the early 1990s, such as “Best Yoga Studio.” I was introduced to yoga in the mid-1990s via videotape, and outside of my university town, this practice was…well…not practiced much.

In other instances, the categories remain the same, but the winners from the first year are long gone. Ross’ Steak House won Best Steakhouse in 1992. The family-owned restaurant closed in 1996. In fact, only one of this year’s winners in the “Steakhouse” category was operating in Omaha in 1992.

The 300 categories in the following pages represent hours of hard work and passion—starting with voters, who told us their choices throughout the months of July and August. It is the work and passion of the staff, who sold advertisements and listings, photographed the images, and designed the pages. And we hope reading it is an act of enjoyment for you.

See the full list of 2019 winners here: http://omahamagazine.com/articles/best-of-omaha-2019/

Simply the Best

Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Celebrating the best things in our community is a very good thing. In fact, it is better than good by definition. It is the best. Yes, it is beyond the comparative. It is superlative.

(Thanks, and a “Best Of” sticker to Sister Rose Agnes, the best grammar teacher I ever had, who taught me all about that good, better, best stuff.)

Obviously, in this issue, Omaha Magazine recognizes the superlative achievements of businesses across the metroplex—the Best of the Best.

Which reminds me, whatever happened to Pete Best? And while we’re on the subject of Best as a surname, do you realize there are 159 people named “Best” in the Omaha phone book? Why don’t we ever recognize them as some of the “Best in Omaha?” There are so many “Bests” in the world.

Ahmed Best, an American actor, got his big break from George Lucas when he was hired for Chapter One of the Star Wars saga. Unfortunately the part he got was performing the voice of Jar Jar Binks. Never in the history of the American cinema has a character been so pilloried. Audiences were almost unanimous in their dislike of the odd, shuffling, alien caricature. Sadly, instead of blaming Lucas they blamed Ahmed and nearly drove him to suicide. Fortunately he got through the trauma, and I hereby give him an honorary “Best Bad Star Wars Character Ever” award. It’s a case where being the “Worst” turns out to be a “Best.”

C.L. Best was the founder of the C.L. Best Gas Traction Co. Many people ask “Who?” or “What?” He later changed the name of the firm to Caterpillar. That’s pretty cool. One of the Best things you can do on a sunny afternoon is watch a big earthmoving machine level a lot or knock over an eyesore. Am I right?  Thanks, C.L.  You’re one of the Best.

Edna Best was a British actress who did a few notable films, including Hitchcock’s original The Man Who Knew Too Much, and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Edna had the Best Wedding Ever, her third. She was granted a divorce from her second husband in a Las Vegas courtroom and then married to her third by the same judge, in the same courtroom, five minutes later. You have to admire her moxie.

Skeeter Best was a great jazz guitarist back in the day. He worked with Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte, and Etta Jones. He holds the title of “Best Nickname For A Guy Named Best.”

But the Best of the Bests was probably William Best, First Baron Wynford, who was Speaker of the House of Lords in the early 19th century. Lord Best suffered from a bad case of gout and thus, was carried into the chamber by four servants, as he remained seated in a large armchair, because it is good to be king, but it is better to be Lord Best.

Here’s to the Bests, in Omaha and beyond.  

Now, let’s be the best we can be to one another. 

View the full list of 2019 Best of Omaha winners here: http://omahamagazine.com/articles/best-of-omaha-2019/


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Best of Omaha 2019

November 9, 2018 by
Illustration by Matt Wieczorek

Omaha Magazine is happy to announce the results of the 2019 Best of Omaha Contest. Click the link for each category to see the winners, or scroll through the entire list below. Categories are organized alphabetically under the following eight section headings: Dining, Family, Health & Beauty, Household, Nightlife, Retail, Services, and Transportation.


Dining

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Family

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Health & Beauty

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Household

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Nightlife

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Retail

 

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Services

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Transportation

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Dining

American Dining

Charleston’s Restaurant
Jams American Grill
402-399-8300 | 402-614-9333
jamseats.com
Railcar Modern American Kitchen

Appetizers

Kona Grill
Pitch Pizzeria
Two locations, downtown and West Omaha
pitchpizzeria.com
Bonefish Grill

Bagels

Bruegger’s Bagels
Panera Bread
Bagel Bin

Bakery

Rotella’s Italian Bakery
402-592-6600
rotellasbakery.com
The Omaha Bakery
Le Petit Paris

Barbecue

Famous Dave’s
Tired Texan BBQ
Swine Dining BBQ

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Bowl of Soup

WheatFields Eatery & Bakery
402-955-1485
wheatfieldscatering.com
Paradise Bakery & Cafe
402-934-5757 | 402-991-3000
paradisebakery.com
Olive Garden

Breakfast

Le Peep
Four locations
lepeepomaha.com
First Watch
Five Omaha-area locations
firstwatch.com
11-Worth Cafe

Brew Pub

Upstream Brewing Company
402-344-0200
upstreambrewing.com
The Benson Brewery
Nebraska Brewing Co.

Brick Oven Pizza

Pitch Pizzeria
Two locations, downtown and West Omaha
pitchpizzeria.com
Dante Ristorante Pizzeria
Noli’s Pizzeria

Buffet

China Buffet – Mongolian Grill
Valentino’s Pizza
Pizza Ranch

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Burrito

Abelardo’s Mexican Food
Burrito Envy & Tequila Bar
6113 Maple St. in Benson
BurritoEnvy.com
Fernando’s Cafe and Cantina
402-330-5707
fernandosomaha.com

Cakes

The Cake Gallery
Nothing Bundt Cakes
The Cake Specialist
402-733-CAKE (2253)

thecakespecialist.com

Chef in Omaha

Clayton Chapman, The Grey Plume
Jennifer Coco, j. coco
Ben Maides, Au Courant

Chimichanga

Taqueria Los Compadres
El Bee’s
Julio’s

Chinese Dining

China Palace
Golden Palace
Golden Bowl

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Coffeehouse

Scooter’s
Crane Coffee
Archetype Coffee

Cupcakes

Jones Bros. Cupcakes
402-884-CAKE (2253)
jonesbroscupcakes.com
Cupcake Island
Gigi’s Cupcakes

Delicatessen

Jason’s Deli
Swartz’s Delicatessen & Bagels
Razzy’s Deli

Desserts

WheatFields Eatery & Bakery
402-955-1485
wheatfieldscatering.com
Farmhouse Cafe
Sweet Magnolias

Donuts

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
LaMar’s Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts

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Family Restaurant

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen
Petrow’s
Shirley’s Diner

Fast Good Food

Runza
Chick-fil-A
Don & Millie’s

Fish Fry

Holy Name Fish Fry
Mary Our Queen Fish Fry
St. Patrick’s of Elkhorn Fish Fry

Food Truck

402 BBQ Food Truck
La Casa Pizzaria
Dos de Oros – Tie Third
Piccolo Pete’s – Tie Third

French Dining

Le Voltaire
Le Bouillon
La Buvette

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French Fries

Runza
Bronco’s Self-Services Drive-In
Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Fried Catfish

Catfish Lake
Surfside Club
Joe Tess Place

Fried Chicken

Jack and Mary’s
Time Out Foods
402-451-2622
timeoutfoods.com
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Frozen Yogurt

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
TCBY Frozen Yogurt
Red Mango

Gluten-Free Menu

Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Modern Love

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Gourmet Hamburger

Block 16
Charred Burger + Bar
Omaha Tap House

Greek Dining

Greek Islands
402-346-1528
greekislandsomaha.com
Jim & Jennie’s Greek Village
Legacy Gyros

Gyros

King Kong
Feta’s Gyros & Catering
John’s Grecian Delight

Hamburger

Stella’s Bar & Grill
402-291-6088
106 Galvin Road, Bellevue
Smitty’s Garage Burgers and Beer
Dinker’s Bar

Hot Dog

B & B Classic Dogs
Chicago Dawg House
Fauxmaha Hot Dogs

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Hot Wings – Charbuffed

Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille
Tanner’s Bar & Grill
Addy’s Sports Bar & Grill

Hot Wings – Traditional

Buffalo Wild Wings
Ray’s Original Buffalo Wings
402-884-5300
rayswings.com
Wingstop

Ice Cream

Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream
Benson – Downtown
tedandwallys.com
Coneflower Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery

Indian Dining

Jaipur Indian Restaurant and Brewing
Himalayas
Astoria Biryani House

Italian Dining

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano
402-345-5656
losolemio.com
Spezia
3125 S. 72nd St.
speziarestaurant.com
Vincenzo’s Italian Ristorante

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Japanese Dining

HIRO 88
Sakura Bana
Genji Japanese Steakhouse

Juicery

Juice Stop
The Grove Juicery & Wellness Cafe
Evolve Paleo Chef

Korean Dining

Maru Sushi Korean Grill
Suji’s Korean Grill
Korean Grill

Locally Sourced Dining

The Grey Plume
Kitchen Table
Au Courant Regional Kitchen

Lunch

Greenbelly
The Market Basket
Foodies

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Mexican Dining

La Mesa Mexican Restaurant
lamesaomaha.com
Rivera’s Mexican Food
Romeo’s Mexican Food & Pizza
Five Metro locations
romeosomaha.com

Middle Eastern Dining

El Basha Mediterranean Grill
Mediterranean Bistro
Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine
402-341-9616
ahmadspersianscuisine.com

New Restaurant 
in 2018

Monarch Prime & Bar
Stokin’ Goat
Best Bison

Outdoor Patio

Marks Bistro
Pitch Pizzeria
Two locations, downtown and West Omaha
pitchpizzeria.com
1912 Benson

Pasta

Pasta Amore e Fantasia
Spaghetti Works
Malara’s Italian

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Pastry

Pettit’s Pastry
Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery
402-553-6774
gerdasgermanrestaurant.com
Le Quartier Bakery & Cafe

Pizza

Zio’s
Mama’s Pizza
La Casa Pizzaria

Prime Rib

Jerico’s Restaurant
402-496-0222
jericosomaha.com
Farmer Brown’s Steak House
Johnny’s Cafe
402-731-4774
johnnyscafe.com

Restaurant Beer Selection

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom
LOCAL Beer, Patio and Kitchen
Growler USA
402-575-9111

growlerusa.com

Reuben Sandwich

Crescent Moon Ale House
402-345-1708
beercornerusa.com
Paddy McGown’s Pub and Grill
4503 Center St., Omaha, NE 68106
402-504-1022
Goldberg’s Bar & Grill

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Romantic Restaurant

V.Mertz
Brother Sebastian’s Steak House
 & Winery
Flatiron Cafe

Salad

Paradise Bakery & Cafe
402-934-5757 | 402-991-3000
paradisebakery.com
McAlister’s
M’s Pub

Salsa

Jacobo’s Authentic Mexican Grocery, Bakery and Tortilleria
402-733-9009
jacobos.com
Hector’s
Cilantro’s Mexican Bar & Grill

Sandwiches

Jimmy John’s
Firehouse Subs
Potbelly

Seafood

Shuck’s Fish House and Oyster Bar
402-827-4376
shucksfishhouse.com
Bonefish Grill
Plank Seafood Provisions

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Smoothies

Smoothie King
Juice Stop
Tropical Smoothie

Steakhouse

The Drover
402-391-7440
droverrestaurant.com
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
801 Chophouse

Sunday Brunch

Granite City Food & Brewery
Early Bird
Mantra Bar & Grille

Sushi

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Umami Asian Cuisine
Yoshitomo

Taco

Voodoo Taco
Two Omaha locations
voodootaco.com
Rusty Taco
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

Thai

Salween Thai
Mai Thai
Taste of Thailand

Wait Staff & Service

Charleston’s Restaurant
Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
M’s Pub

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Family

Bowling Alley

The Mark
Maplewood Lanes
Western Bowl

Child Day Care

The Hills Montessori
402-884-8715
thehillsmontessoriomaha.com
Hamilton Heights Child Development Center
Academic Adventures Child Development Center

Child Party Provider

Amazing Pizza Machine
402-829-1777
AmazingPizzaMachine.com
BounceU
402-884-9093
bounceu.com/omaha-ne
Pump It Up

Children’s Attraction

Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Omaha Children’s Museum
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

City Park

Elmwood Park
Memorial Park
Zorinsky Lake Park

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Dance Studio

Nebraska Dance
Kitty Lee Dance
Mary Lorraine’s Dance Center

Family Behavior Therapy

Boys Town Behavioral Health Clinic
Children’s Behavioral Health
Radical Minds

Family Dentist Office

The Dentists
402-445-4647
thedentistsomaha.com
Today’s Dental
Premier Dental
402-718-8741

premiersmile.com

Family Entertainment

Amazing Pizza Machine
402-829-1777
AmazingPizzaMachine.com
Dave & Buster’s
SkateDaze

Family Photographer

Carly Urbach Photography
Penny Layne, 
Penny Layne Photography
Tree Jacobson, Happy Little Tree

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Festival

Taste of Omaha
St. Stanislaus Polish Festival
Maha Music Festival

Gymnastics

Premier Gymnastics
Metro Stars Gymnastics
Nebraska Gold Gymnastics

Haunted House

Scary Acres
Mystery Manor
The Shadows Edge

Laser Tag

SkateDaze
Family Fun Center XL
Papio Fun Park
402-592-5671
papiofunpark.com

Martial Arts

Championship Martial Arts
Omaha Blue Waves Martial Arts
Siso Martial Arts

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Movie Theater

Aksarben Cinema
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Omaha
Marcus Majestic Cinema of Omaha

Music Lessons

SNJ Studio of Music
402-933-1326
snjstudios.com
Omaha Conservatory of Music
Adkins: Guitar and Music Lessons

Pediatric Dentist Office

Smile Station Pediatric Dentistry
Pedodontics PC
Children’s Dental Specialists

Pediatrician

Dr. Lisa Whitcomb, Heartland Family First Medical Clinic
Dr. Kelli Shidler, Boys Town
Dr. Michael Moore, 
Children’s Physicians

Preschool

Montessori Elementary School 
of Omaha
Duchesne Preschool of the 
Sacred Heart
402-558-6250
duchesneacademy.org
Gingerbread House Preschool

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Professional Omaha Sports Team

Omaha Storm Chasers
Omaha Lancers
Omaha Beef Football

Public Golf Course

Indian Creek
Elmwood Park Golf Course
Johnny Goodman Golf Course

Youth Athletic Organization

YMCA of Greater Omaha
Millard United Sports
Elkhorn Athletic Association

Youth Cheerleading Club

Elite Cheer
Millard United Sports
Airborne Academy

Youth Summer Camp

YMCA of Greater Omaha
Hummel Day Camp
Camp Legacy

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Youth Swim Lessons

Swimtastic Swim School
DiVentures Scuba & Swim Center
Little Waves Family Swim School

402-932-2030

littlewavesfamilyswimschool.com

Youth Volleyball Sports Club

The Volleyball Academy
Premier Volleyball
Nebraska Elite Volleyball

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Health & Beauty

Acupuncture – Chiropractor

Balanced Body Acupuncture 
& Chiropractic
402-932-8108
balancedbodyomaha.com
Essentials Family Chiropractic 
and Wellness
Becker Chiropractic & Acupuncture

 

Acupuncture – Licensed

Thirteen Moons, Donna Huber
Natural Health Center, Janis Regier
River Point Acupuncture

Allergists

Ebrahim Shakir, Midwest Allergy 
and Asthma
Jeffrey Nelson, Midwest Allergy 
and Asthma
James Tracy, Allergy, Asthma 
and Immunonology Associates, P.C.

Barre Fitness Facility

The Barre Code
Well Mama
Pure Barre Omaha-Loveland

Beauty Supply Store

LovelySkin Retail Store
Under the direction of Joel Schlessinger, M.D.
LovelySkin.com/retail
Sally Beauty Supply
Beauty Brands

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Breast Augmentation

Aesthetic Surgical Images
Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery & Dreams Medspa
Westfield Plastic Surgery Center
402-578-0706
westfieldpsc.com

Charity Walk /
Fun Run

The Color Run
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Race for the Cure

Chiropractor

Koca Chiropractic
402-496-4570
KocaChiropractic.com
Gary Elsasser, Elsasser Chiropractic
Gabriel Long, Awaken Chiropractic

Cosmetic Dentist

Steven D. Wegner, DDS
402-498-0400
smilesofomaha.com
Dr. Daniel Beninato, Premier Dental
402-718-8741
premiersmile.com
Dr. Marty J. Matz, The Tooth Doc
402-397-8050
2thdoc.org

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Cosmetic Surgeon

Joel Schlessinger, M.D., 
Skin Specialists, P.C.
2802 Oakview Drive, Omaha, NE 68144
LovelySkin.com/cosmetics
Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery & Dreams Medspa
Dr. Nagi T. Ayoub, 
Westfield Plastic Surgery Center
402-578-0706
westfieldpsc.com

Counseling Services

Counseling Connections & Associates
402-932-2296
ccaomaha.com
Associated Counseling Professionals
Omaha Integrative Care

Crossfit Box

CrossFit Kinesis
CrossFit Elkhorn
402-916-4623
crossfitelkhorn.com
CrossFit Omaha

Day Spa

Gloss Salon & Day Spa
402-502-1850
glosssalon.com
LovelySkin Spa
Under the direction of Joel Schlessinger, M.D.
LovelySkin.com/spa
Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa

Dermatologist

Joel Schlessinger, M.D., 
Skin Specialists, P.C.
2802 Oakview Drive, Omaha, NE 68144
LovelySkin.com/dermatology
Dermatology Specialists of Omaha
Midwest Dermatology Clinic, P.C.

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Esthetician

Montana Haggerty, 
Allure Health & Med Spa
Meredith Bryant, 
Allure Health & Med Spa
Amy Carey Bishop, Spa Ritual Omaha

Family Doctor

Amanda Kester, 
Essential Family Medicine
Mark Goodman, M.D., CHI
Dr. Edward Mantler, Papillion 
Family Medicine

Female Hormone Replacement Clinic

Allure Health & Med Spa
ReVital Women’s Hormone Clinic
Optima Medical Hormone Replacement & Aesthetic Center

Fitness Club

Blue Moon Fitness
Life Time Fitness
Prairie Life Fitness

Fitness Equipment Store

Body Basics Fitness Equipment
Priority 1 Fitness
Priority1Fitness.com
402-330-1133
Push Pedal Pull

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Float Tank

True REST Float Spa
402-991-9899
truerest.com
Blue Oceans Float
Omaha Float Spa

Hair Colorist

Rebecca Forsyth, 
BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Christi Clark
ChristiClarkColor.com
402-321-9410
Ricky Newton at Salon Inspired
402-515-4785

rickynewtonjr.com

Hair Salon

Creative Hair Design Salon and Spa
BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing
Garbo’s Salon and Spa

Hearing Aids Center

Beltone Audiology & Hearing Center
402-391-0811
beltonehearingcenter.net
Ear Specialists of Omaha
Professional Audiology and 
Hearing Center
402-558-0440
proaudiology.com

Indoor Cycling Class

Elevate Cycling & Fitness Studio
Torva Fit Club
Sweat Cycle Strength

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Kick Boxing Class

Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping
Impact Kickboxing and Fitness Center
9Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness

Laser Hair Removal

Milan Laser Aesthetics
Bare Body Shop
Ideal Image

Lasik Eye Surgery

Kugler Vision
Omaha Eye and Laser Institute
402-493-2020
omahaeye.com
LasikPlus Vision Center

Male Hormone Replacement Clinic

Mantality
Limitless Male Medical Clinic
NuMale Medical Center

Manicure & Pedicure

American Nails & Spa
3618 N. 165th St.
americannailsandspaomaha.com
Martini Nails & Spa
Legacy Nails & Spa

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Massage Therapy

Massage Envy
Palmer Massage Therapy
402-502-1775
palmermassagetherapy.com
Millard Oaks Chiropractic 
& Massage

Med Spa

Allure Health & Med Spa
LovelySkin Spa
Under the direction of Joel Schlessinger, M.D.
LovelySkin.com/spa
Omaha Med Spa
Concierge Aesthetics

omahamedspa.com

Memory Care Facility

Ridgewood Active 
Retirement Community
Parsons House on Eagle Run
CountryHouse Residence of Omaha
5030 S. 155th St., Omaha, NE 68137
countryhouse.net

Men’s Haircut

Sport Clips
The Surly Chap Barbers
Scissors & Scotch:
A Premium Barbershop

Men’s Shave

Dennison Dahlman – 
Barbershop & Lounge
Dundee Barber
The Beard and Mane

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Nutrition & Vitamin Store

NutriShop
Complete Nutrition
No Name Nutrition Markets

Optometrist

Omaha Primary EyeCare
402-330-3000
omahaeyecare.com
Millard Family Eyecare
402-896-3300 | 402-330-3063
millardfamilyeyecare.com
Legacy Eyecare
16949 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Ste. 101
legacyeyecare.com

Oral Surgeon

Oral Surgery Associates
Village Pointe Oral Surgery, P.C.
402-317-5657
vpoms.com
Midwest Oral Surgery & 
Dental Implants
402-397-7777
midwestoms.com

Orthodontist

Dr. Kort Igel, Igel Orthodontics
402-330-1152
igelorthodontics.com
Dr. Thomas J. Weber, 
Weber Orthodontics
402-896-4500
weberorthodontics.com
Dr. Paul McAllister, 
McAllister Orthodontics
402-392-1516

mcallisterortho.com

Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Michael C. Thompson, Ortho NE
Dr. Mark Goebel, Ortho NE
Dr. Scott T. McMullen, 
GIKK Orthopedic Specialists

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Pain Management

Midwest Pain Clinics
402-391-7246
midwestpainclinics.com
Omaha Physical 
Therapy Institute, PC
West Omaha Cryotherapy

Personal Training Facility

Todd Smith Fitness
iThinkFit Gym
Orangetheory Fitness

Physical Therapy Company

Makovicka Physical Therapy
Excel Physical Therapy
FYZICAL Therapy and 
Balance Centers

Physical Therapy Equipment

Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare
Kubat Pharmacy
Relax The Back Store

Pilates Studio

Pilates Center of Omaha
Core10 Pilates
Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More

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Private Practice Medical Clinic

THINK Whole Person Healthcare
Essential Family Medicine of Omaha
Midwest Regional Health Services

Rehabilitation Facility

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
Brookestone Meadows
402-289-2696
brookestonemeadows.com
QLI

Tanning Salon

Palm Beach Tan
Sun Tan City
Paradise Bay Tanning

Tattoo Parlor

Big Brain
Downtown & West O locations
bigbrainomaha.com
Eye Candy Tattoo
Liquid Courage

Tummy Tuck

Aesthetic Surgical Images
Westfield Plastic Surgery Center
402-578-0706
westfieldpsc.com
Village Pointe Aesthetic Surgery 
& Dreams Medspa

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Waxing/Hair Removal

Authentic Brazilian Wax by Vanella
Wild Prairie Spa
402-512-3480
wildprairiespa.com
Wax On

Weight Loss Center

FAST Diet
Weight Watchers
Profile By Sanford
Four Omaha locations
profileplan.net

Yoga Studio

Lotus House of Yoga
All levels of yoga for your high vibe life!
lotushouseofyoga.com
Karma Yoga Omaha
Pranam Yoga Shala

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Household

Apartments

Harrison Hills by Broadmoor
The Biltmore
402-963-9300
richdale.com
Broadmoor Hills

Appliance Repair

ServiceOne
Andy’s Appliance Repair
402-614-8131
andysappliance.net
Nebraska Home Appliance
402-399-0202
nhaparts.com

Basement Repair & Waterproofing

Thrasher
800-827-0702
gothrasher.com
Jerry’s Basement Waterproofing
Midwest Mudjacking

Building Supply Store

Menards
Builders Supply Co.
Millard Lumber

Carpet Cleaning

ZEROREZ of Nebraska
Stanley Steemer
Metro Chem-Dry
402-403-4154
metro-chemdry.com

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Concrete Installer

Moore’s Concrete Construction, Inc.
402-491-3622
mooresconcrete.com
Oxford Construction Co.
402-670-0310
oxfordconstructionco.com
Schroder Concrete, Inc.

Countertops

CKF
McKean’s Floor to Ceiling
402-331-4062
mckeans.com
Martin’s Counter Tops

Custom Cabinetry

CKF
Titan Custom Cabinets, Inc.
402-891-0098
facebook.com/TitanCustomCabinets
Flair Custom Cabinets & Remodeling

Custom Closets

Marco Closets & Storage
402-778-5818
marcoclosets.com/storage
CKF
The Container Store

Custom Home Builder

Curt Hofer & Associates
402-758-0440
curthofer.com
Pohlad Custom Homes
Mercury Builders

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Decorative Concrete

Oxford Construction Co.
402-670-0310
oxfordconstructionco.com
Garage Revolution
Lusterstone Pebble Paving

Decorative Painting

Fe Fi Faux Studios, Inc.
Walls2Floors
Joe Eby Faux and Decorative Painting

Electrical Services

Brase Electrical
Hiller Electric Company
Frederick Electric Inc.

Fence & Railings

S&W Fence
402-333-5722
sw-fence.com
American Fence Company
402-896-6722
theamericanfencecompany.com
JK Fencing LLC
402-979-0892
j-kfencing.com

Fireplaces

Claxton Fireplace Center
402-491-0800
claxtonfireplace.com
Fireplace Stone & Patio
Fireplace by Design

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Floor Coverings

Nebraska Furniture Mart
McKean’s Floor to Ceiling
402-331-4062
mckeans.com
FLOORfashions

Garage Doors

Norm’s Door Service
402-331-8920
normsdoor.com
Omaha Door & Window
402-733-6440
omahadoor.com
Overhead Door Company of Omaha
402-331-0526
overheaddooromaha.com

Garage Flooring

Garage Revolution
In The Garage
Garage Floor Coating of Nebraska

Garden Nursery Store

Lanoha Nurseries
192nd & W. Center Rd.
lanohanurseries.com
Mulhall’s
Canoyer Garden Center

Grout & Tile Repair

Walls2Floors
The Grout Doctor
The Grout Medic

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Handyman Services

ServiceOne
Handyman Joes
Houston Home Services

Heating & Air Service

Burton A/C * Heating * 
Plumbing * and More
402-934-7018
justcallburton.com
Thermal Services
402-397-8100
thermalservices.com
SOS Heating and Cooling

Home Accessories

Nebraska Furniture Mart
House of J
12965 W. Center Road
facebook.com/house-of-j
Robin’s Nest
101 W. Main St., Springfield
facebook.com/springrobinsnest

Home Audio & Video

Custom Electronics
AV Squared, LLC
402-513-9282
av2pros.com
Echo Systems

Home Builder

Charleston Homes
The Home Company
402-884-4854
thehomecompanyomaha.com
Legacy Homes

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Home Cleaning Service

Molly Maid
402-932-6243
mollymaid.com
Pink Shoe Cleaning Crew
402-330-0930
pinkshoecleaningcrew.com
Maids & More

Home Disaster Restoration

Paul Davis Restoration
402-553-0373
pauldavis.com
BELFOR Property 
Restoration of Omaha
Carlson Restoration
402-891-9887
carlsonrestoration.com

Home Glass & Mirrors

Elite Glass Services
Quality Glass & Mirror
Papillion Glass & Door Co.

Home Remodeling

T Hurt Construction
Cornerstone Remodeling
402-598-1410
cornerstoneremodelers.com
Total Construction Services

Home Security

Security Equipment, Inc. (SEi)
American Electronics, an Atronic Alarms Company
Sellhorst Security & Sound

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Indoor Window Coverings

Custom Blinds & Design
Ambiance Window Coverings
402-932-9711
ambiancewindowcoverings.com
All About Blinds

Interior Design Firm

Lee Douglas Interiors, Inc.
The Interior Design Firm
Fluff Interior Design

Interior Designer

Marilyn Schooley Hansen, 
FASID, The Designers
Lester Katz, LK Design
402-934-8088
LKdesign.biz
Robin Lindley, 
The Interior Design Firm
402-334-8800
idfomaha.com

Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures

Kitchens & Baths by Briggs
Ferguson
Winnelson Co.

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling

Re-Bath of The Heartland
4123 S. 84th St.
myheartlandhome.com
Kitchens by Design
402-334-8888
kitchensbydesignomaha.com
United Services Design + Build
402-572-1144
unitedservicesohi.com

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Landscape Curbing

Curb Curb
CurbIt
Curb Appeal Landscape 
Curbing of Omaha

Landscape Designer

Foutch Landscaping Enterprises
402-359-2154
foutchenterprises.com
Robert’s Nursery Landscapes & Lawns
Greenlife Gardens

Landscape Lighting

McKay Landscape Lighting
Midwest Lightscaping
402-516-4498
midwestlightscaping.com
Accent Landscape Lighting, Inc.

Landscape Rock 
& Granite

Sun Valley Landscaping
402-932-5704
sunvalleyomaha.com
The Rock Place
Above & Beyond 
Complete Grounds Maintenance
402-934-8866

aboveandbeyondcgm.com

Landscaping Service

Carson Enterprises
402-676-5579
carsonenterprise.com
Patera Landscaping
402-706-5679
pateralandscaping.com
Sun Valley Landscaping

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Lawn Care

Heartland Lawns Omaha
402-492-8800
heartlandlawnsomaha.com
Forest Green Lawn & Landscaping
402-556-0595
forestgreenlawncare.com
Elkhorn Lawn Care, LLC

Lawn Irrigation & Sprinklers

Nature’s Helper
402-334-2625
natureshelperinc.com
Millard Sprinkler
Quality Irrigation
402-672-9297
quality-irrigation.com

Mortgage Provider

Regent Financial Group
402-955-0880
regentfinancial.com
Eagle Mortgage Inc.
402-397-7180
eaglemortgagecompany.com
Benchmark Mortgage

Moving Company

Two Men & a Truck
402-764-1002
twomenandatruck.com
Black Belt Movers
Jim’s Moving & Delivery Co., Inc.
402-291-2490

jimsmovinginc.com

Mud Jacking

Thrasher, Inc.
800-827-0702
gothrasher.com
Mixan Mudjacking
The Driveway Company

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Mulch Provider

Maple 85 Premium Landscape 
Mulch Center
Patera Landscaping
402-706-5679
pateralandscaping.com
Yard Market Nursery

Painting Services

Gerst Painting
CertaPro Painters of Omaha
Brush & Roll Painting

Pest Control Service

Lien Termite & Pest Control
402-397-8884
lienpestcontrol.com
ABC Termite & Pest Control
Terminix

Plumbing Services

Burton A/C * Heating * 
Plumbing * and More
402-934-7018
justcallburton.com
Eyman Plumbing Heating & Air
402-731-2727
trusteyman.com
Big Birge Plumbing
402-575-0102
bigbirgeplumbing.com

Pools & Spas

Classic Pool & Spa
Premier Pools and Spas
402-513-8000
premierpoolspa.com
Continental Pool & Spa

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Residential Roofing

Moose Roofing
402-763-4851
mooseroofing.com
Pyramid Roofing
402-502-9300
pyramidroofing.com
White Castle Roofing
402-898-7663
whitecastleroofing.com

Residential Siding

McKinnis Roofing
402-513-6620
mckinnis.com
Husker Hammer
Tevelde and Co.

Residential Trash Service

Abe’s Trash Service
402-571-4926
abestrash.com
Papillion Sanitation
Premier Waste Solutions

Retaining Walls

Patera Landscaping
402-706-5679
pateralandscaping.com
Jensen Retaining Walls
Hudson Hardscapes

Stone & Brick Provider

Fireplace Stone & Patio
Watkins Concrete Block
Baltazar’s Stone, INC.

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Tile Installer

SkilledSet Tile & Stone
Floors By Dave
Legendary Tile
402-670-4459
facebook.com/legendarytile

Tile Store

Sunderland Brothers Company
Ceramic Tileworks Center
Premier Tile Corporation

Tree Service

Terry Hughes Tree Service
402-558-8198
hughestree.com
Arbor Aesthetics Tree Service
Mutchie Tree Service

Water Treatment Systems

Futuramic’s Clean Water Center
Kangen Water of Omaha
United Distributors Inc.

Windows and Doors

Pella Windows and Doors 
of Omaha & Lincoln
402-493-1350
pellaomaha.com
Omaha Door & Window
402-733-6440
omahadoor.com
Renewal by Andersen

Wood Floor Company

Heartland Wood Floors
402-334-8686
heartlandwoodfloors.com
Timberland Hardwood Floors
Tom Manley Floors, Inc.

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Nightlife

Bar Food

Blatt Beer & Table
Legends Patio Grill & Bar
Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill

Board Game Cafe

Spielbound Board Game Cafe
Sparta Games
Sozo Coffeehouse

Cigar Bar

Havana Garage
402-614-3800
thehavanagarage.com
Copacabana Cocktails & Cigars
Jake’s Cigars & Spirits

Cocktail Lounge

LIV Lounge
402-884-5410
livlounge.com
Holiday Lounge
402-391-4442
holidayloungeomaha.com
Wicked Rabbit

Comedy Club

Funny Bone Comedy Club
The Backline Comedy Theatre
Lookout Lounge

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Craft Cocktails

The Berry & Rye
Wicked Rabbit
Trio Cocktails & Company

Distillery

Cut Spike Distillery
402-763-8868
cutspike.com
Patriarch Distillers
Brickway Brewery

Escape Room

House of Conundrum Escape Room
402-250-2300
houseofconundrum.com
The Escape Omaha
Entrap Games: 
Omaha Escape Room Game

Happy Hour

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Mula
HIRO 88

Irish Bar

Brazen Head Irish Pub
319 N. 78th St.
brazenheadpub.com
Two Fine Irishmen
The Dubliner Pub

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Late-Night Dining

Nite Owl
Eat The Worm
Abelarado’s Mexican Food

Live Music Venue

Holland Performing Arts Center
402-345-0606
ticketomaha.com
The Waiting Room
Slowdown

Local Band

Lemon Fresh Day
The Confidentials
eNVy
402-612-6828
envyomaha.com

Margarita

Roja Mexican Grill
La Mesa Mexican Restaurant
Trini’s Mexican Restaurant

Martini

Charlie’s On The Lake
Sullivan’s Steakhouse
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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Micro Brewery

Upstream Brewing Company
402-344-0200
upstreambrewing.com
Infusion Brewing Company
Kros Strain Brewing Company

Neighborhood Bar

The Observatory Bar & Grill
The Homy Inn
The Village Bar

New Bar in 2018

Red Lion Lounge
Bärchen Beer Garden
402-502-9902
barchenbeer.com
Kaitei

Reverse Happy Hour

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
HIRO 88
Stokes Restaurant

Sports Bar

DJ’s Dugout
Six locations
djsdugout.com
Tanner’s Bar & Grill
The Good Life

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Whisky Bar

Proof Whiskey & Craft Cocktail Bar
Dundee Dell
Liberty Tavern

Wine Bar

Corkscrew Wine & Cheese
Vino Mas
Nosh Wine Lounge

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Retail

Antique Shop

Brass Armadillo
402-896-9600
brassarmadillo.com
The Imaginarium
Found Vintage Market

Arts & Crafts 
Studio/Store

Mangelsen’s
Blick Art Materials
7829 Dodge St., 402-397-6077
dickblick.com
It’s Yours Pottery

Beer & Spirits Store

Spirit World
Beertopia
Big Dog’s Beverage

Bookstore

The Bookworm
Half Price Books
Parables Christian Bookstore

Bridal Shop

David’s Bridal
Bridal Traditions
Rhylan Lang Bridal

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Charcuterie

Provisions by The Grey Plume
Corkscrew Wine & Cheese
Maresco’s Italian Market
2821 S. 108th St., 402-991-9987

marescos.com

Cheese Shop

Northwoods Cheese Haus
Whole Foods Market
Trader Joes’

Cigar/Tobacco Shop

SG Roi Tobacconist
402-341-9264
sgroitobacconist.com
Ted’s Tobacco
The Omaha Cigar Company

Clothing Consignment Store

Scout: Dry Goods & Trade
5018 Underwood Ave.
ilovescout.com
Absolutely Her Women’s Consignment
Esther’s Consignment

Coffee Roaster

A Hill of Beans Coffee Roasters
Tap Dancers Specialty Coffee
Rally Coffee Co.

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Comic Book Store

Legend Comics & Coffee
Dragon’s Lair Comics
Krypton Comics

Convenience Store

Casey’s General Stores
Bucky’s Convenience Stores
Kwik Shop

Estate Jewelry

Sol’s Jewelry & Loan
Bergman Jewelers
402-342-2611
bergmandiamonds.com
Pretty In Patina

Florist

Taylor’s Flower Shop & 
Greenhouse, Inc.
All Seasons Floral & Gifts
EverBloom Floral and Gift

Furniture Store

Nebraska Furniture Mart
Allens Home
Ethan Allen

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Gift Shop

House of J
12965 W. Center Road
facebook.com/house-of-j
Spruce Interiors & Gifts
Stella’s Belle

Golf Store

Austad’s Golf
Golf Galaxy
Golf USA

Grocery Store

Hy-Vee
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Fareway Meat & Grocery
402-393-7136
fareway.com

Hardware Store

Ace Hardware
Johnson Hardware
Two locations
jhcomaha.com
Ideal Hardware & Paint Center

Husker Apparel Store

Husker Hounds
SCHEELS
Lawlor’s Custom Sportswear

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Jewelry Store

Borsheims Fine Jewelry
14 Karat Jewelry Store
Gunderson’s Jewelers

Local Pet Store

Nature Dog
402-697-7156
naturedogomaha.com
The Green Spot
Long Dog Fat Cat

Meat Department

Fareway Meat Market
402-393-7136
fareway.com
Just Good Meat
Stoyisch House of Sausage

Men’s Apparel

Lindley Clothing Co.
McLovin
The Simple Man

Natural/Organic Grocery Store

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Whole Foods Market
Natural Grocers

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Outdoor Clothing 
& Gear Store

Scheels
Backwoods
Sierra Trading Post

Party Supply Store

Nobbies’
Mangelsen’s
Hobby Lobby

Pawn Shop

Sol’s Jewelry & Loan
Four Aces Pawn Shop
Mid-City Jewelry & Loan

Pet Supply Store

PetSmart
Petco
Pets R Us

Pharmacy

Walgreens
CVS Pharmacy
Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare

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Popcorn

Vic’s Corn Popper
Just Pop’d
Jock & Jill’s Popcorn

Retail Art Gallery

Lewis Art Gallery
402-391-7733
lewisartgallery.com
Blue Pomegranate Gallery
Main Street Studios

Shoe Store

Haney Shoes
6060 Maple St.
haneyshoestore.com
The Mix Shoes and Accessories
Buck’s Shoes

Shopping Center

Village Pointe Shopping Center
Westroads Mall
Shadow Lake Towne Center

Sporting Goods Store

SCHEELS
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Cabela’s

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Sweet Shop

Hollywood Candy
The Cordial Cherry
Chocolaterie Stam

Thrift Store

Goodwill
Thrift World
Four stores in the Omaha area
thriftworld.com
New Life Thrift

Vape Store

Alohma Vape Superstores
Generation V E-Cigarettes & Vape Bar
Caterpillar Vapes

Vineyard

Soaring Wings | Vineyard & Brewing
Cellar 426
James Arthur Vineyards

Wine Store

Hy-Vee
Vino Mas
WineStyles

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Women’s Boutique

Four Sisters Boutique
Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique
104 E. First, Papillion
402-991-4477
Mesh

Yarn / Quilting Shop

Personal Threads Boutique
402-391-7733
personalthreads.com
Country Sampler
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft

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Services

Accounting Services

Verdant
Lutz
Hancock & Dana PC

Assisted
 Living Facility

Elk Ridge Village
Lakeside Village by Immanuel
402-829-9020
immanuel.com
Westgate Assisted Living
402-391-8566
westgateassistedliving.com

Bank

First National Bank, Member FDIC
Pinnacle Bank
14 Omaha Metro Locations
pinnbank.com
American National Bank

Caterer

Catering Creations
402-558-3202
cateringcreations.com
Attitude on Food
Eddie’s Catering

Computer Repair

Elkhorn Computer Sales & Service
REDiTECH
Ken’s PC Repair
402-933-7890
kenspcrepair.biz

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Credit Union

Centris Federal Credit Union
402-334-7000
centrisfcu.org
Cobalt Credit Union
Veridian Credit Union

Custom Made Furniture

Zongkers Custom Woods
Long Grain Furniture
Hutch

Custom Picture Framing

Lewis Art Gallery
402-391-7733
lewisartgallery.com
Malibu Gallery
Mangelsen’s

Dating Service

Omaha Love
402-991-4053
OmahaLove.com
Tinder
Match.com

Divorce Mediation

Nebraska Legal Group
402-509-7033
NebraskaLegalGroup.com
Wesley Dodge
Koenig | Dunne

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DJ Service

ShowTime Music
Chaos Productions
JIIK DJ Services
402-415-9016
djj2k.com

Dog Day Care

The Paw Spa Pet Resort
Dogtopia of Omaha
Bark Avenue Omaha
402-933-4007

barkavenueomaha.com

Dog Training

Dharma Dog Training
Dog Gone Problems
402-881-0566
doggoneproblems.com
Nebraska Dog Trainers
402-913-0251

nebraskadogtrainers.com

Dry Cleaners

Max I. Walker
22 locations
MaxIWalker.com
Fashion Cleaners
FashionCleaners.com
Six locations
NuTrend Dry Cleaners

Duct Cleaning

DuctMedic
Affordable Air Duct Cleaning
MAXIM Cleaning & Restoration, Inc.

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Employer – Less Than 100 Employees

OBI Creative
Capstone Consulting, Inc.
88 Tactical

Employer – More Than 100 Employees

PayPal
PayPal.com
University of Nebraska 
Medical Center
Prime Time Healthcare

Estate Planning

Andrew Sigerson, 
Legacy Design Strategies
402-505-5400
ldstrategies.com
James Blazek, 
Blazek and Gregg, P.C., L.L.O.
Jill Mason, 
Kinney Mason, P.C., L.L.O.
402-905-2220
kinneymason.com

Event Planner

Planitomaha
402-333-3062
planitomaha.com
A View Premier Event Venues
402-933-2929
aviewvenues.com
STEP//Group

Financial 
Planning Firm

Northwestern Mutual
Edward Jones
Thrivent Financial
402-932-0109
thrivent.com

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Funeral Home

Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler
Mortuaries & Crematory
402-391-3900
heafyheafy.com
John A. Gentleman Mortuaries
Roeder Mortuary

Furniture Repurposing and Restoration

Found Vintage Market
Don’s Refinishing Service
Southern Style Restorations/Furniture Magic

Hotel

Hilton Omaha
Embassy Suites La Vista
Magnolia Hotel Omaha

In-Home 
Non-Medical Care

Home Instead Senior Care
Right at Home
402-697-7536
rightathome.net/omaha-metro
A Place at Home

In-Home Nursing Service

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)
402-345-5566
vnatoday.org
Home Nursing With Heart
Physicians Choice Home Health Care

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Independent Living

Ridgewood Retirement Community
Elk Ridge Village
Walnut Grove Retirement Community

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Internet Provider

Cox Communications
Six locations
cox.com
CenturyLink Internet
Windstream

Law Firm

Baird Holm LLP
Koley Jessen P.C., L.L.O.
Kutak Rock LLP

Life/Health 
Insurance Company

WoodmenLife
402-289-3776
woodmenlife.org
Physicians Mutual Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska

Local Website

KETV.com
Omaha.com
LovelySkin.com
Under the direction of Joel Schlessinger, M.D.
LovelySkin.com/retail

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Newborn Photography

Penny Layne, 
Penny Layne Photography
Teresa Simpson Photography
Erin Brodhead Photography

Non-profit Event

Omaha Gives Powered by the Omaha Community Foundation
omahagives.org
OmahaCommunityFoundation.org
Art & Soup, 
Visiting Nurse Association
402-345-5566
vnatoday.org/events/art-soup
JDRF One Walk Mile of Hope

Nursing Home Facility

The Lighthouse by Immanuel
402-829-9070
immanuel.com
Brookestone Meadows
402-289-2696
brookestonemeadows.com
Papillion Manor Nursing Home

Personal Injury Lawyer

Hauptman O’Brien 
Wolf & Lathrop, P.C.
Gross & Welch P.C., L.L.O.
Sibbernsen, Strigenz & Sibbernsen

Pet Boarding

The Paw Spa Pet Resort
Cottonwood Pet Resort
Clearview Pet Care Centre

Pet Grooming Salon

Park Your Pawz
All About Dogs Grooming Salon
Dogtopia of Omaha

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Pet Photography

Dogtography by Kala Howard
info@dogtographybykalahoward.com
dogtographybykalahoward.com
Janine Cooper, JM Studios
Maggie Mellema, C41 Photography

Private School – Elementary School

Brownell Talbot
402-556-3772
brownell.edu
Saint Wenceslaus
St. Patrick’s of Elkhorn

Private School – 
High School

Marian High School
7400 Military Ave.
marianhighschool.net
Creighton Preparatory School
Duchesne Academy of the 
Sacred Heart
402-558-3800
duchesneacademy.org

Realtor Agent

Blythe Real Estate Team
402-960-2330
buyingomaha.com
Lisa & Dennis Ritter, RE/Max Results
402-612-2413
ritterssellhomes.com
Karen Jennings, CBS Home
402-290-6296

Reception Venue

Nuri Event Studio
A View Premier Event Venues
402-933-2929
aviewvenues.com
Thompson Alumni Center @ UNO

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Retirement Community

Lakeside Village by Immanuel
402-829-9020
immanuel.com
Ridgewood Active Retirement Community
New Cassel

Shooting Range

88 Tactical
Omaha Gun Club
2828 S. 82nd Ave.
omahagunclub.com
The Marksman Indoor Range
402-359-1396
themarksmanindoorrange.com

Small Engine Repair

Ty’s Outdoor Power & Service
Gretna Small Engine
J & J Small Engine Services

Smartphone Repair

iFixOmaha
uBreakiFix
Fix It Fast

Storage Units

Dino’s Storage
Armor Storage
Affordable Family Storage

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Tailor Shop

Sy’s Tailor Shop
Jack’s Tailors
G.I. Cleaners & Tailors

Tuxedo Store

Men’s Wearhouse
Tip Top Tux
Gentleman’s Choice Formal Wear

University/College

University of Nebraska Omaha
Creighton University
Metropolitan Community College

Veterinary Clinic

The Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital
402-445-4400
gentledoctoranimalhospitals.com
Best Care Pet Hospital
402-334-5975
bestcarepethospital.net
American Animal Hospital
402-493-6767
americananimal.net

Wedding Photographer

Chelsea Jo Photography
JM Studios
Stephanie Reeves Photography

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Transportation

Auto Accessory Store

O’Reilly Auto Parts
Auto Zone
NAPA Auto Parts

Auto Body Repair

Dingman’s Collision Center
Four locations
dingmans.com
Dave’s Auto Body Co.
402-572-0200
davesautobodyco.com
CARSTAR
Four locations
nebraskacarstar.com

Auto Detailing

Dolphins Car Wash + Detail Center
402-697-0650
dolphinscarwash.com
Owner’s Pride
402-715-9749
ownersprideclub.com
Cornhusker Auto Wash

Auto Financing

Veridian Credit Union
Centris Federal Credit Union
402-334-7000
centrisfcu.org
Cobalt Federal Credit Union

Auto Glass

Omaha Glass Pro
Safelite AutoGlass
Metro Glass

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Bike Shop

The Bike Rack
Trek Bikes
Bike Masters Cycle

Boat Dealer

Omaha Marine Center
402-339-9600
omahamarinecenter.com
Valley Marine
SeaLand Marine

Brake Service

Jensen Tire & Auto
jensentireandauto.com
Omaha Car Care
Brakes Plus

Car Tire Service

Jensen Tire & Auto
jensentireandauto.com
Midwest Tire Co., Inc.
Firestone Complete Auto Care

Express Car Wash

Russell Speeder’s Car Wash
Fantasy’s
Rocket Carwash

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Full-Service Car Wash

Dolphins Car Wash + Detail Center
402-697-0650
dolphinscarwash.com
Mojo’s Car Wash & Detail Center
402-933-6656
mojoscarwash.com
VIP Express Car Wash
11910 M St.
facebook.com/VIPexpressomaha

General Auto Repair

Jensen Tire & Auto
jensentireandauto.com
Haver’s Auto Repair
Exclusive Repair
402-551-3015

facebook.com/exclusiverepair

Luxury Car Dealer

Lexus of Omaha
Mercedes-Benz of Omaha
Audi Omaha

Muffler & Exhaust Service

House of Mufflers & 
Brakes Total Car Care
Three locations
takeit2thehouse.com
Omaha Car Care
Mad Hatter Muffler & Brakes
402-330-2286
madhattermuffleromaha.com

New Car Dealer

Baxter Auto | Midwest Car 
Dealer Group
Woodhouse Auto Family
H&H Premier Automotive

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Oil Change

Jensen Tire & Auto
jensentireandauto.com
Jiffy Lube
Valvoline Instant Oil Change

RV Dealer

Apache Camper Center
ApacheCamper.com
808-756-7344
A.C. Nelsen RV World
Leach Camper Sales

Transmission Repair

Certified Transmission
Omaha Transmission
AAMCO Transmissions & 
Total Car Care

Travel Agency

Vacation Superstore
Travel and Transport
Enchanted Honeymoons Travel

Used Car Dealer

Baxter Auto | Midwest Car 
Dealer Group
Woodhouse Auto Family
Huber Automotive

Used Luxury Car Dealer

Lexus of Omaha
Baxter Auto | Midwest Car 
Dealer Group
Mercedes-Benz of Omaha

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November 2, 2018 by
Illustration by Matt Wieczorek

Omaha Design Center is home to the nation’s fifth-largest fashion week. The Omaha Press Club roasted and toasted Greg and Doug McDermott there. Lili Cheng, Microsoft’s AI Developer, spoke there in August as part of Big Omaha.

Now, Omaha Magazine is joining forces with Omaha Design Center to bring you the Best of Omaha Soirée.

We previously held a Best of Omaha Festival, a casual event in which the public could learn more about the Best of Omaha winners, businesses they voted on during our summer voting period.

This event will celebrate the best of the best in the elegant atmosphere of Omaha Design Center.

“This will be a night to remember,” says publisher Todd Lemke. “It will be more targeted towards business managers and owners to celebrate winning the Best of Omaha.”

Business professionals will be interested in joining the fun, as one of the purposes behind this event is to find new contacts to add to their coteries. The dress code is business chic—wear a suit with a silk tie or scarf, or wear a tuxedo or little black dress. It will be a night to impress, and we know it will be a night that makes an impression on you.

“We are going to set the tone by having glamorous, back-lit scenery,” says Lemke. “We will have representatives of the Best of Omaha dining winners walking around with sample-sized bites and winners’ booths intermingled with the sponsors.”

That vendor you work with and know simply by text message or email will finally have a face. 

Once checked in, visitors can enter the main venue—and prepare to be wowed. Omaha Design Center is a top-notch space, with white couches, dazzling chandeliers, and cocktail tables for those wishing to set down a drink in order to shake hands. The center of the space includes an entertainment area, and people will be able to witness extreme performances throughout the evening, all situated on a circular platform so that you can walk around and meet new customers or colleagues while taking in the show.

Best of all, this is the reveal to our Best of Omaha winners for 2019. This year includes fun new categories such as best board game cafe, best escape room, and best chimichanga. A copy of the Best of Omaha book is included in the ticket price. Those who don’t want to crack the spine on their copy that night can view the winners as their names scroll across audio-visual displays.

The winners from the 700 categories represented in the Best of Omaha represent less than 3 percent of Omaha businesses, so you can be assured everything about the evening will spotlight the best of the best. The dining section alone has more than 60 categories, so you could munch on anything from the city’s best appetizers to bites of the city’s best Italian food, sushi, and more.

And you can sip on a glass of wine or beer while meeting new friends. Each attendee will receive tokens for two free drinks, and there is a cash bar available for those who want more than two drinks. 

We also have 250 VIP tickets available. All VIPs receive entry one hour early, which includes unlimited drinks during that time. They also receive valet service and premium appetizers.

Beyond the Best of Omaha 2019 winners, attendees at the event include the 2018 Best of B2B winners, the 2018 Best Doctors, Lawyers, and Dentists recipients, and the 2018 Faces of Omaha. This will be a who’s who of Omaha that you will not want to miss.

“Omaha is known as a ‘big small town,’ where relationships are important,” Lemke says. “We can’t think of a better way to honor that ‘big small town’ feeling than by putting on an event like this.”


See the video at  youtube.com/watch?v=JOxl1938u18 then visit localstubs.com to purchase tickets.

Best of Omaha Soirée

October 17, 2018 by
Illustration by Matt Wieczorek

Announcement of this year’s Best of Omaha winners will take place at the Best of Omaha Soirée: A Night of the Best, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the Omaha Design Center from 6-10 p.m.

Performances by Flowtricks Entertainment will astound guests throughout the evening, with OEAA-nominated DJ Shor-T setting the mood. Delectable appetizers from several Best of Omaha winners will be making the rounds, including: Attitude on Food, B&B Grill and Arcade (formerly B&B Hot Dogs), Granite City Food & Brewery, Jason’s Deli, Le Bouillon, Noli’s Pizzeria, The Omaha Bakery, Pettit’s Pastry, Ray’s Original Buffalo Wings, Scooter’s Coffee, Smitty’s Garage Burgers and Beer, and Voodoo Taco. Futuramic’s Clean Water Center will keep everyone hydrated. Cocktails, beer, and wine will be provided by Granite City Food & Brewery and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

This event will feature networking with hundreds of fellow winners, business owners, and managers, in a magical setting with endless engaging entertainment. Attendees will include the Best of Omaha winners, Best Doctors, Best Lawyers, Top Dentists, and 2018 FACES of Omaha recipients.

There will be a lot of interesting new connections to be made—everyone from Greater Omaha Chamber President David Brown to school superintendent and business ownersso come dressed for success.

VIP tickets for this event are going fast, so buy one now and you will be entertained by one of Omaha’s best local bands, eNVy. VIPs receive complimentary drinks during the VIP hour (6-7 p.m.) and valet service and two drink tokens for the main event.

General admission tickets also include two drink tokens and food samples in addition to the live, entertainment from Flowtricks. General admission ticket holders can add valet parking for an additional $10. 

Sponsorship spaces are available now, but space is limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can purchase tickets ($40 general admission, $60 VIP) at localstubs.com.

Help us spread the word. We are very excited about the 2019 Best of Omaha Soirée! If you have any questions or would like to be a sponsor, please don’t hesitate to contact me at:

Tara Spencer
Event Director
W: 402.884.2016
tara@omahamagazine.com



#WeDontCoast

August 20, 2018 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

We Don’t Coast. That’s the official slogan of Omaha.

Here at Omaha Magazine, we don’t coast so hard that we will announce the 2019 winners of the city’s definitive “Best Of” contest in November 2018.

Although subscribers will receive the complete Best of Omaha book by January—with nearly 350 categories—you can catch a sneak peek of the winners list at the Best of Omaha Soirée on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Omaha Design Center. 

It is going to be a fancy evening of celebrating the Best of Omaha. The dress code is business-chic. But everyone age 21 and older is invited to join the party. Purchase tickets at localstubs.com. 

From 7-10 p.m., folks can enjoy food from Best of Omaha winners, entertainment from a DJ and circus performances, and two drink tokens free with event admission; there will also be a cash bar. The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with a special VIP networking hour with free-flowing liquor, wine, and beer. 

The Best of Omaha Soirée will take the place of the Best of Omaha Festival that we hosted for four years (2014-2017). We might bring the festival back again in later years. For now, however, we wanted to try a fresh approach to celebrating the Best of Omaha for 2019. After all, these businesses don’t coast. And neither do we. 

“We Don’t Coast” is not a rip on less landlocked locales, according to the brand explanation from the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce (the impetus for the brand). We don’t begrudge those wayward Omahans who have found success away from Home-aha.

Look no further than Adam Devine and Sarah Rose Summers. These superstars from Omaha have achieved international celebrity status. Devine is a big-shot comedian and actor returning to his hometown for a Netflix comedy special (to be filmed at the Orpheum this fall). Summers, aka Miss Nebraska, was crowned Miss USA in May. (She will be vying for the Miss Universe title in December.)

Their stories—and much more—are featured in the full city edition of Omaha Magazine sold at local bookstores and mailed to subscribers. 

This September/October issue, in fact, is full of stories about Omahans with coastal tendencies. Look no further than the Arts + Culture section; we profile Q. Smith (a North High School grad making waves on Broadway) and Omaha-based artist Stephen Cornelius Roberts (who has exhibited work on both coasts). 

All of these Omahans have made their city proud, and they don’t coast when it comes to resting on their laurels. 

The “We Don’t Coast” slogan is wonderful for social media hashtags emphasizing what Omahans do great: #WeDontCoast #WeCreateOpportunitiesWhereverWeGo.

To see how the slogan works so well, consider #WeDontCoast #WeImpact. The hashtag campaign was associated with the Omaha Chamber’s #24HoursOfImpact campaign on July 27, which Omaha Magazine staff joined. We bought school supplies and donated cash to the nonprofit Completely KIDS. 

This hashtag formula makes a great shareable gimmick for any campaign, i.e., #WeDontCoast #WeInsertVerbHere.

But sometimes, I’ll admit, I do wish Omaha would lift its foot off the gas pedal and coast for a bit. Especially when it comes to our notorious “talent” in dealing with historic properties. City and civic leaders have a rich history of tearing down historic buildings: #WeDontCoast #WeBulldoze?

Just consider the history of Jobber’s Canyon (the nation’s largest National Register of Historic Places district sacrificed to ConAgra), the Clarinda-Page Apartments (which remains an empty lot near Midtown Crossing), and more recent proposals from Douglas County to demolish a historic brick structure for a juvenile detention center, or the city’s plot to flatten the iconic Gene Leahy Mall and dump a philanthropy-backed fortune into a sprawling riverfront region that lacks fundamental infrastructure/road access.

There is not a category in the Best of Omaha contest for “Best Historic Demolition,” but—this being Omaha—maybe we should consider adding it for the 2020 contest.

Note: The online version of this editor’s letter has been modified to reflect updated schedule and features at the Best of Omaha Soirée.


Purchase tickets to the Best of Omaha Soirée hereThis letter was printed in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

1992 First Annual Best of Omaha Award Winners

July 10, 2018 by and

Below are the results of the first ever Best of Omaha Survey contest. 100,000 ballots were distributed, and winners were selected in 56 categories. The results are reproduced here as published in the March/April 1992 edition of Omaha Magazine.

The 2019 contest winners will be announced at the Best of Omaha Soiree on November 8. Get your tickets here: https://localstubs.com/events/best-of-omaha-soiree.

Best Family Restaurant

1. The Garden Cafe
2. Grandmother’s Restaurant and Lounge
3. Old Country Buffet
3. Valentino’s

Best Salon

1. Salon Tino
2. Garbo’s
3. Haircrafters

Best Omaha Tradition

1. River City Roundup
2. College World Series
3. Mannheim Steamroller

Best Annual Event

1. River City Roundup
2. College World Series
3. Septemberfest

Best Travel Agency

1. Travel & Transport Inc.
2. AAA Travel Agency
3. Pegasus Travel Center
3. Younkers Travel Service

Best Bakery

1. The Garden Cafe
2. Gerda’s Bakery
3. Hy-Vee Bakery

Best Yogurt

1. TCBY Yogurt
2. I Can’t Believe It’s Yogurt
3. Dannon

Best Nursery

1. Earl May Nursery & Garden Center
2. Mulhall’s Nursery
3. The Yard Co.

Best People Watching

1. Malls
2. Old Market
3. Airport

Best Place to Buy CDs and Tapes

1. Homer’s Record Store
2. Pickles Records & Tapes
3. Best Buy

Best Buffet

1. Old Country Buffet
2. Valentino’s
3. The Choice Smorgasbord

Best Happy Hour

1. Arthur’s
2. 3 Cheers
3. Grandmother’s
3. Mickey Finn’s
3. Sports Cafe

Best Financial Institution

1. First National Bank of Omaha
2. Norwest Bank Nebraska NA
3. FirsTier Bank

Best Live Music

1. Ranch Bowl
2. Orpheum Theater
3. Arthur’s

Best Sporting Event

1. College World Series
2. Lancer Hockey
3. Nebraska Football

Best Place to Dance

1. Arthur’s
2. Ranch Bowl
3. Peony Park

Best Place to Take Kids

1. The Henry Doorly Zoo
2. Omaha Childrens Museum
3. Showbiz Pizza Place
3. Peony Park

Best Free Entertainment

1. Jazz on the Green
2. Shakespeare on the Green
3. Music in the Park
3. Old Market

Best Picnic Spot 

1. Elmwood Park
2. Dam Site 16
3. Central Park Mall

Best Men’s Clothing Store

1. Landon’s
2. Dillard
2. Jerry Ryan
2. Younkers
3. Montage

Best Steak House

1. Ross’ Steak House
2. Gorat’s Steak House
3. Johnny’s Cafe

Best Not on Ballot

1. KKCD Radio
2. University of Nebraska at Omaha
3. Baker’s

Best Local Band

1. High Heel & the Sneekers
2. The Rumbles
3. Johnny Ray Gomez

Best Tourist Attraction

1. The Henry Doorly Zoo
2. Old Market
3. Boys Town

Best Deli

1. Spirit World
2. Baker’s
3. Little King

Best Mexican Food

1. Julio’s
2. Romeo’s
3. El Aguila Restaurant

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Grisanti’s Causal Italian Restaurant
2. The Olive Garden
3. Caniglia’s Venice Inn

Best Shopping Center/Mall

1. Crossroads
2. Westroads
3. Oakview Mall

Best Place to Meet Singles

1. Paradise Lounge
2. Grocery Store
3. Arthurs Church

Best Real Estate Company

1. CBS Real Estate
2. Home Real Estate
3. NP Dodge Co.


This article was printed in the March/April 1992 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Greatness

November 10, 2017 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

It’s not a “Best Of” category that we consider, but we should.

There’s a guy who works on the Yard Waste Truck that services my neighborhood, who I noticed one day, who should be considered for one of our “best.” It’s easy to forget the folks who keep everything going—the people who are at the foundation of our society. This guy is great. I don’t use the word great lightly. His greatness can be traced back 2,350 years. Let me explain.

Back in the fourth century B.C.E., Alexander of Macedonia won so many battles, and marched his army over such great distances spreading Hellenistic culture, and named more entire cities after himself than our current president’s eponymous towers, he became “the Great,” or Alexander “the Best.”

Then other conquerors came along to challenge Alexander. Julius “Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres” Caesar made his claim. He spread the Roman Empire across Western Europe right up to the Rhine—where my tree-worshipping German ancestors on the far side of the river gave him reason to yearn for another summer on the French Riviera. He was good, but Julius had a rich, united, populous, hyper-organized society at his back, a society that knew the difference between X and C. Alexander came from a cultural backwater. A rocky province far from the core of a quarrelsome, city vs. city, fragmented Greek civilization that had been weakened by years of internecine warfare and hemlock overdoses. Julius falls short—Alexander the Best.

Mehmed the Conqueror took down the last vestiges of the Roman Empire when he took Constantinople in 1453. He spread the Ottoman Empire across the Middle East, the Balkans, the Crimea, and into Central Europe where he even bested Prince Vlad III, best known as Dracula. But he too, was the beneficiary of a well-organized, large base of operations—the Macedonians were but a speck on the map in a time when most maps were covered with dragons, monsters, and blank spaces. Again, Alexander the Best.

Napoleon humbled army after army sent against him by the scions of a post-feudal, aristocratic system, that was, even then, feeling the tide of “modern” culture as it dampened the careworn threads of its fraying cloak. (But Napoleon had gunpowder, artillery, muskets, factories, powdered wigs, and crepes. Alexander had a one-eyed father and a homicidal mother. Nowadays the lad would have needed some serious therapy, but back then, he translated his trauma into a career of conquest. Alexander outranks him.

So what made Alexander the “Best?”

Was it his tactical skill in battle? His force of personality? His legendary horse Bucephalus? (Forget Roy Rogers and Trigger. Bucephalus was, by all accounts, the “best” horse ever.) All these factors are important, but the root of Alexander’s greatness starts in the forests of Macedonia’s rugged mountains and valleys. There was a tree in that wooded landscape that lent itself to being cut into long shafts. Tipped with a spearhead, these lances, known as sarissas, stretched up to 20 feet long. The Macedonian army, organized into square formations known as a phalanx, bristling with these elongated, fearsome weapons were simply unbeatable—at least until they ran into enraged elephants in the Indus. The wood of these trees has the perfect grain, the perfect blend of flexibility, weight, and strength that could be assembled in sections like fishing pole and used to conquer the world.

Which brings me to those same trees, the trees that made the lances, the trees that grace my front yard—the mighty ash.

My ash trees have grown old. They shed branches like I shed hair. I take those branches and cut, cut, and chainsaw them into shorter lengths that I bundle and leave at the curb. And then he arrives.

Announced with the rumble of the green Deffenbaugh truck, he balances with one foot on a pad and one hand holding a rung at the rear of the vehicle. He performs a perfect semi-jeté off the running board towards my pile of wood before the truck has even made a complete squeaking stop, pirouettes as he snags the broken bundles, and flings them without a single wasted motion into the maw of the compactor. Then, in a blink, he is back onboard and the truck moves on, now carrying scraps of the same wood that made Alexander immortal.

I watched it all from my porch. I thought to myself, “This guy is great.”

He is the best.

Otis Twelve hosts the radio program Early Morning Classics with Otis Twelve on 90.7 KVNO, weekday mornings from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Visit kvno.org for more information.

This column was published in the 2018 Best of Omaha results book.

List-O-Mania

Omaha Ranks as the best for a lot of reasons—from being the best city for drivers to ranking in the top three best cities in which to find a job. We also have a slew of best places, from Henry Doorly Zoo to the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center.

Omahans already knew that—it’s why we live here. But it’s nice to get accolades from outsiders, and we have received many of those recently. This list, compiled with help from the Omaha CVB, highlights some of the accolades we have received over the past two years. Check them all out, do you agree with them?

No. 1s

Best Cities for Singer-Songwriters

Livability.com—April 2016

Best Cities for Car Drivers

NerdWallet.com—May 2015

Top 10 Best American Cities to Work in Tech

SmartAsset.com—September 2015

Best U.S. Cities for Paid Internships

Time.com/money—June 2015

U.S. Healthcare Affordability Index

CastlightHealth.com—June 2015

Fastest Growing Tech Hubs in the U.S.

Uncubed.com—February 2015

Where People are Saving the Most by Refinancing in Nebraska (Douglas County)

SmartAsset.com—February 2015

Top Five Animal Attractions-
Henry Doorly Zoo

Family Fun Magazine—2015

No. 2s

Good Jobs,
Affordable Housing
and High Quality of Life

Gizmodo.com—June 2016

Best Place to Live 2015 (Papillion)

Time.com/money—August 2015

Top Theater Venues in the Midwest (Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center)

Venues Today—April 2015

Lowest Unemployment Rate in the U.S.

POLITICO Magazine—January 2015

Best U.S. Cities for Millennial College Students

OnlineColleges.com—March 2015

CNBC—May 2015

Top 10 Best Foodie Cities

Livability.com—2015

Best City for Recreation

WalletHub.com—July 2015

Best Cities to Find a Job

Fortune—June 2015

Most Debt Savvy Residents

SmartAsset.com—September 2015

No. 3s

Best Cities to Find a Job

ZipRecruiter.com—January 2016

No. 4s

Great Small Cities for Food Lovers

Wall Street Journal—March 2015

No. 5s

Best Cities to Work for a Small Business

WalletHub.com—May 2015

Best Metro Area for STEM Professionals

WalletHub.com—January 2015

Best Big Cities in the Midwest

Time.com/money—August 2015

No. 6s

Best Large City for First-Time Home Buyers

WalletHub.com—July 2017

The 12 Metro Areas with the Least-Stressed Commuters

LawnStarter.com—October 2016

Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers

SmartAsset.com—March 2016

Best Places to Live If You’re Trying to Save Money

GOBankingRates.com —February 2015

Top 10 Cities for First-Time Homebuyers

SmartAsset.com—March 2015

Top 10 Beer Cities

TravelChannel.com—September 2016

No. 7s

Best Cities for Raising a Family

Forbes—2016

Best Cities to Get a Job

ZipRecruiter/msn.com—January 2015

WalletHub.com—January 2015

Top Ten Cities for Creatives

SmartAsset.com—January 2016

No. 8s

The Best Minor League Baseball Towns

SmartAsset.com—2017

Best Large Real Estate Market

WalletHub.com—2017

State Well-Being Rank

Gallup Healthways—2016

Top Cities for New College Grads

SmartAsset.com—2015

No. 9s

Best City for Renters

WalletHub.com—July 2017

Most Caring Cities in America

WalletHub.com—December 2015

No. 10s

2016 Digital Cities: Transparency, Security, Infrastructure (250,000-499,999 category)

Government Technology Magazine—March 2017

Best Large City for First-Time Home Buyers

WalletHub.com—July 2016

Top Tech Cities in the Midwest

ComputeMidwest.com—September 2016

Best Cities to Start a Career

WalletHub.com—May 2016

This list was originally printed in the 2018 Best of Omaha Results IssueTo view this article as it was printed, click here: https://issuu.com/omahapublications/docs/november_3adecember_20boo_20om1217/10

The Best Is Yet to Come

April 5, 2017 by

Wow! A city of “Bests!”

Omaha is filled with so many amazing businesses, innovators, artists, entrepreneurs, vendors, doctors, venues, restaurants, and… well you name the category. The “Bests.” They make us proud to be from Omaha.

And yet, how many times have you been on a trip to some exotic locale like Bora Bora, Paris, Costa Rica, Portland, or even Lubbock, and upon being asked where you’re from, you’ve mumbled, “Omaha,” furtively, under your breath?

Despite the fact that our hometown boasts a 6-foot-tall bronze statue of Chef Boyardee, and the archetypical power of our name emblazoned on the Wizard of Oz’s escape balloon, we feel shy about claiming our place as one of the best places on earth.

Admit it. We’ve always had a bit of an inferiority complex about where we’re from—where we live. But, why? Well, I suspect that bit of shame might be rooted in the lyrics of an old song that described this town of ours back in the early days:

“Hast ever been in Omaha,
Where rolls the dark Missouri down,
And four strong horses scarce can draw
An empty wagon through the town?
Where sand is blown from every mound
To fill the eyes and ears and throat?
Where all the steamers are aground
And all the shanties are afloat?
Where whisky shops the livelong night
Are vending out their poison juice;
Where men are often very tight,
And women deemed a trifle loose?”

Hardly a “New York, New York” or “April in Paris,” that’s for sure. The lyrics are no match for “Bombay Se Gayi Poona,” either.

We started with a pretty brutal musical self-image. Maybe this nagging sense of “less than” is rooted in the dearth of good tunes about our fair city.

Groucho Marx tried to lift our spirits with a ditty that included, “There’s a place called Omaha, Nebraska, in the foothills of Tennessee.” The geographical illiteracy, however, negated any positive image building.

Stan Freberg didn’t help with his musical Omaha! that included lyrics like; “Who me? Miss the weenie roast in Omaha?” and “Omaha moon keep shining. You shone on Council Bluffs last June. Leaving Dundee lovers pining. Please remember you’re an Omaha moon.”

Nobel Prize winner Robert Allen Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) sang, “I’m going to ride into Omaha on a horse. Out to the country club and the golf course,” in 1964—no comfort there.

Psychedelic ensemble Moby Grape did us no favors with their 1968 single, “Omaha,” which didn’t mention Omaha even once beyond the title.

Bob Seger sang about “A long and lonesome highway east of Omaha” in his paean to touring as a rock star but he never mentioned actually coming into town while he was in the neighborhood. So, thanks a lot, Bob.

We did hit it big in 1973 when Grand Funk Railroad sang about “four young chiquitas in Omaha,” in their No. 1 hit “We’re an American Band.” The problem was, Little Rock got top billing in the verses, and, after the chorus we ended up getting a hotel torn down.

So here’s the deal, we need an Omaha anthem. A song with the Omaha equivalent of “little cable cars,” and some parallel to “that toddling town.” We need to be where “little town shoes” are headed. Omaha needs a “Best Song About Omaha” winner next year. We need to patch up the psychic scars we’ve borne for all these many years.

It won’t be easy. Others have tried and failed. I’m counting on you, we all are.

Do you have an anthem for Omaha? E-mail a video of your song to Omaha Magazine at editor@omahamagazine.com to be considered for prizes.

This article was printed in Omaha Magazine’s 2017 Best of Omaha” issue.