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.


Dr. James Salhany

October 15, 2014 · Posted In: Downtown, Lifestyle, People, The Encounter

He’s an experienced musician, composer and producer. He’s a published poet. He’s a university scientist and medical researcher with widely recognized expertise in hematology and authorship or co-authorship of numerous academic papers. Among other things. [...]



September 27, 2014 · Posted In: Art, People, Places, The Encounter

We all do it. See someone and come to snap judgments about who they are. It might be because they’re dressed a certain way, talk a certain way, or come from a certain neighborhood. Typically, [...]


From Soapbox to Stage

September 22, 2014 · Posted In: Lifestyle, People, The Encounter

Whenever Denise Chapman traverses the blight and decay that have scourged North 24th Street for upwards of 40 years, she can’t help but ask questions. From Cuming Street to as far north as Fort Street, [...]


Maud Boutique

September 12, 2014 · Posted In: Business, Downtown, Style, The Encounter

Some of Lynn Mills’ fondest childhood memories are of hours playing dress-up with all the pretty dresses, skirts, purses, and hats in her “beautifully put-together” Grandmother Larson’s walk-in closet. She topped off her ensembles with [...]


Wilson & Washburn


Old Market Pioneer

September 5, 2014 · Posted In: Downtown, Downtown, Lifestyle, The Encounter

The phalanx of construction barriers standing guard over so many properties in the Old Market is testimony to the city’s embrace of urban living. The Downtown skyline is now interrupted by an ever increasing array [...]


Dereck Higgins

September 2, 2014 · Posted In: Lifestyle, Music, People, The Encounter

On stage, Dereck Higgins performs with the urgency and energy of someone a third his age. Off stage his work ethic rivals anyone in the music business. At the age of 59, the history of [...]


A Perfect Match

August 28, 2014 · Posted In: Business, Downtown, Downtown, Places, The Encounter

That imposing building with an iron front near 13th and Howard streets is actually made up of three buildings, each with an interesting history. The family-owned J.P. Cooke Co. is on its fourth generation and [...]


Pedal Power

August 22, 2014 · Posted In: Business, Fitness, Health, The Encounter

Looking for a new and convenient way to motor around the city, but without the motor? B-Cycle, the popular bike-sharing program that is an effort of Live Well Omaha, has recently added three new pop-up [...]


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 [...]