The Encounter is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to Downtown Omaha (the Old Market, NoDo, and SoDo) and Midtown. Unique entertainment, exciting cuisine, and the latest activities from the movers and shakers of this ambitious, artistic community are all showcased with fun copy and beautiful photography. Step into the nearest downtown coffeeshop or neighborhood bistro to pick up the latest issue.

For questions about editorial, contact The Encounter editor Chris Wolfgang.


Baubles & Beards

August 16, 2014 · Posted In: Fashion, Style, The Encounter

Coco Chanel’s philosophy on accessorizing was simple. “Before you leave the house,” she once famously quipped, “look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Style maven Nicholas Wasserberger eschews Chanel’s advice. The beard, he [...]


Little Italy, Big Flavor

August 12, 2014 · Posted In: Business, Downtown, Food & Drink, Restaurants, The Encounter

One recent Sunday, the delicious scent of fresh-baked bread and a hodgepodge of other yummy smells wafted outside the Orsi’s building at 6th and Pacific. A steady stream of customers flowed in and out of [...]


Dr. Spit

August 7, 2014 · Posted In: The Encounter

The Old Market is one of the city’s more colorfully eclectic neighborhoods. Thanks to the street musician who goes by the moniker of Dr. Spit, the northwest corner of 11th and Howard on any given [...]


Kirstin Kluver

August 4, 2014 · Posted In: Entertainment, Publications, The Encounter, Theatre

One of the Old Market’s most familiar faces is now about to become…well, less familiar. Kirstin Kluver, who played the bouncily vivacious, “roll in ze hay” Inga in the just-closed Omaha Community Playhouse production of [...]


Mary Clare Sweet


The Cottages

July 23, 2014 · Posted In: Home, Neighborhoods, Publications, South Omaha, The Encounter

When newly engaged Ryan Ratigan and fiancé Khilah Butler decided that their downtown apartment wasn’t cutting it any more, most might assume a move out west was in order.  Not for these two. Butler happened [...]


Just Beginning

July 18, 2014 · Posted In: Art, Lifestyle, Publications, The Encounter

“Art is time,” observes artist Bill Hoover. “You need to take time and spend time thinking about it.” That’s why five years ago the painter decided to leave his job as a first-grade para-educator at [...]


Mary Carrick

July 12, 2014 · Posted In: Lifestyle, People, The Encounter

If the late soul master James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, then singer Mary Carrick is Omaha’s hardest working woman in entertainment. When the Nebraska Arts Council touring artist isn’t performing [...]


Gene Leahy Mall Renovation

June 23, 2014 · Posted In: Downtown, Downtown, The Encounter

When the nearly 10-acre Central Park Mall was dedicated in 1977 (it was officially named the Gene Leahy Mall in 1992), it was considered a jewel of downtown Omaha. “At that time there was nothing [...]


It Takes a Village