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.


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


Free to Be


High in the Sky

May 23, 2014 · Posted In: At Home, Downtown, Home, Neighborhoods, Publications, The Encounter

It’s an incredibly foggy, somewhat rainy morning but nothing can damper the amazing view. Chris Nelson and Gabriel Gianes call home the Highline Building, located at about 22nd and Dodge. “I love this building because [...]


Le Bouillon

May 17, 2014 · Posted In: Food & Drink, Publications, Reviews, The Encounter

The restaurant at 1017 Howard Street made an indelible mark on the city’s culinary landscape. The sentence above was a factual statement when uttered in any year from 1969 through 2012, when the legendary French [...]


Underground Comedy Scene

May 12, 2014 · Posted In: Entertainment, Humor, Nightlife, Publications, The Encounter

Just as in other places similar in size to Omaha, the city’s comedy scene has been on the rise, and the work of the comedians from different groups in Omaha are to thank. “We’re still [...]