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.


A Family Downtown

December 9, 2014 · Posted In: Downtown, Downtown, Family, Lifestyle, People, The Encounter

It helps to have an elevator. Which is just what Kristin Brown tells friends and the curious whenever they ask how in the world she’s going to get that baby stroller and other infant paraphernalia [...]


Skateboard Underground


Marian Fey

December 3, 2014 · Posted In: Art, Downtown, Lifestyle, People, The Encounter

Marian Fey moved around a lot as a kid. “I always say my mom’s a gypsy,” she says with a laugh. But wherever she landed, one thing remained constant: dance. “I’ve been dancing my whole life,” Fey [...]


Persian Diversion

November 18, 2014 · Posted In: Business, Downtown, Food & Drink, Restaurants, The Encounter

If your dining experience at Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine feels less than formal, know that vibe is exactly what Ahmad Nazar intended when opening his Old Market restaurant 24 years ago. Nazar came to the United [...]



November 4, 2014 · Posted In: Lifestyle, Music, People, The Encounter

Time is a curious thing. It’s there and then it isn’t. One minute we’re giving time away in reckless fits of youth, and then another, well, we’re clinging to that minute too tightly to do [...]


Rebecca Stavick

October 22, 2014 · Posted In: Lifestyle, People, Publications, The Encounter

Rebecca Stavick doesn’t wear reading glasses dangling from an old-timey, faux-jeweled lanyard. And she’s not so very big on “shhh-ing” patrons roaming the stacks of the W. Dale Clark Library, where she works in staff [...]


Bad Friends

October 21, 2014 · Posted In: Fashion, Lifestyle, People, Style, The Encounter

The Old Market never sleeps. There’s nothing like an androgynous, 2 a.m. run to Cubby’s for late-night provisions. stylist | Nicholas Wasserberger hair | Sandy Butt, Victor Victoria Salon & Spa makeup | Chevy Kozisek, [...]


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, [...]