The State of Downtown

December 25, 2012 · Posted In: Business, Downtown, Encounter, Places

With 2012 in the rearview mirror and a strong 2013 ahead of us, we thought we’d bring to you the State of Downtown Omaha! Downtown Omaha is thriving. Major development and redevelopment projects are changing […]

Mary Wadja

Posted In: Beauty, Fashion, Omaha Magazine, People, Style

Mary Wajda enjoys the hunt for fun fashions and accessories in unexpected places. Harbor Farm Chick Market, Voila! and House of J are some of her local go-to shops for whimsical, affordable pieces. “I have […]

DOI Gala

Posted In: Downtown, Encounter, Giving, Nonprofit, People

Since the founding of Downtown Omaha Inc. in 1967 as a nonprofit, privately funded corporation, the DOI has followed its mission statement “to inform, promote, and unite the downtown community.” Its ultimate goal: creating a […]

Beads Bind Sibling Duo

Posted In: Business, Entrepreneurs, Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine, People

Small, multi-hued, and made of various materials, beads have always been a part of a whole rainbow of cultures. From their origin in North Africa to love beads notoriously worn by hippies of the ’60s […]

Good Drinks, Good Music, Good People


Posted In: Business, Downtown, Encounter, Food & Drink, Restaurants

Localmotive has been serving up made-from-scratch sandwiches and sourdough rounders on the corner of 12th and Jackson since March 2012, meanwhile building a loyal clientele. And the local food truck isn’t afraid of a little […]

When Less is More

Posted In: At Home, Downtown, Encounter, Home, Lifestyle

Trish Billotte downsized from a large, traditional house in Fair Acres to a smaller modern condo in Omaha’s Old Market in 2010. But some people would question whether the move was “downsizing.” The contemporary “smaller” […]

Restaurant Review: Vidlak’s Brookside Cafe

Ed LeFebvre

Posted In: Business, Chefs, Food & Drink, Omaha Magazine, People

Ed Lefebvre, owner of Cupcake Island at 120th and Pacific streets, made his very first cake at age 11. “I made it for a neighbor lady’s 80th birthday,” he recalls. “I really liked her, so […]

The DoubleTree Building

Posted In: Business, Downtown, Encounter, Places

Blueprints were in the planning stage in the mid-1960s when Hilton Hotel developers told city leaders they wanted to build a new hotel in Downtown Omaha. Their target site was between 15th and 17th streets […]