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Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Omaha,

Something to Sing About

As I was looking over Omaha slogans this morning, one that the city used in the 1970s caught my eye: “Something to Sing About”. That slogan still stands true, and this month, we have some exciting things to share with you. We got the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Himmelberg, medical director of Pura Vida, for a Q&A session. Located in Village Point, this revolutionary Vein Treatment and Wellness Spa is on the leading edge of technology with the services performed. Equally interesting is the article on the “Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Air Duct Cleaning.” Bill Hippen, of DuctMedic of Omaha, provided us with some incredible and shocking facts about air duct cleaning. Make sure you don’t miss the HomeStory article either. Designer doors can add a whole new look and feel to your home, not to mention an increase in value! Speaking of singing, by the way, Opera Omaha is presenting Bluebeard’s Castle on April 19th and 20th. From it’s intriguing story plot to dramatic presentation, this is going to be a prime, do-not-miss event. Be sure to scan the QR code below to enter to win two tickets to this performance, or you can go to our Facebook page and click on the link to enter the contest.

Enjoy this month’s issue and the nice weather, Stacey Penrod, Managing Partner

Win Two Tickets to Opera Omaha’s

Bluebeard’s Castle!

Scan this QR code and then register on-line to be eligible to win OR go to our Facebook and click on the contest link to register.

Good luck! Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Designer Doors for a Whole-Home Makeover By Brad Coy

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When it comes to home improvements there is a simple way to update your entire home in a few hours at a very affordable price, without mess or stress. Thanks to Home After Story of Omaha, what was once a complicated process is now a revolutionary solution in home improvement. HomeStory recently opened a new location in Omaha, and is a one-stop door replacement company which offers designer interior door, closet doors, French doors, entry doors, distinctive lock sets, painting services and installation. New designer doors add a fresh style to each room and quickly transform older houses into beautiful homes. HomeStory’s innovative door measuring technology allows them to custom-make each door in a home for a seamless fit that can be installed in minutes. The company also professionally paints each door before they arrive at the home Before for installation so the doors look truly beautiful. “Our homeowners are always amazed at what a big difference new doors make to their home,” says Brad Coy, owner of HomeStory of Omaha. He adds, “When we can remove all of the old doors that age a home, then install new designer doors in two hours with no construction at a fraction of the price that contractors charge, our homeowners agree that it is one of the best investments for a home.” If you’re looking for big changes in your home, consider having new doors installed in your home. You can go online to see HomeStory’s door designs and read more about their service at www.HomeStoryOmaha.com or call them at (402) 505-8077 for a free in-home estimate. Visit their showroom at 6536 S. 118th Street to see the doors in person. HomeStory is having a Grand Opening Sale of their new location featuring their Signature door, painted and installed for only $199 per door. SEE AD ON PAGE 5.

Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Pura Vida

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Vein Center & Wellness Spa By Nick Kinney Home • Life • Style sat down with Owner and Hastings native Dr. Jeffrey Himmelberg to discuss what makes Pura Vida such a unique experience. HLS: How was the concept of Pura Vida hatched? Dr. Himmelberg: I do a lot of varicose vein work and have ever since we formed our in- Dr. Jeffrey Himmelberg terventional radiology practice six years ago. About 2 years ago we said ‘Maybe we should put a medical spa in Omaha, but make it completely different from the ones that are already here’. The idea was to make it a destination and an experience to be in as opposed to coming in and being treated like a patient. HLS: What are a few things you are doing at Pura Vida that are unique to Omaha? Dr. Himmelberg: From a facilities standpoint the experience begins as soon as you walk in the door. It’s unlike any other place in the region. It’s very welcoming and calming. We have luxurious locker rooms for both men and women to change. We have a separate lounge area where our guests can relax before and after their treatment, or unwind before they go home to cook dinner and take care of the kids. HLS: How about your services? Dr. Himmelberg: We offer a full range of medical spa services. We have one of the few hydrafacial machines in the area. We offer TruSculpt, which is a body contouring machine, allowing for highly controlled body shaping in some of those more stubborn areas. It allows for skin tightening and reduction of cellulite without invasive surgery. We are the only spa in the region to offer this service. HLS: How is that different from anything that may be similar? Dr. Himmelberg: The best thing about TruSculpt is that it’s much more comfortable for the patient. There’s no need for a topical anesthetic. Our guests start to see results as fast as four weeks with maximum results in about twelve weeks. You don’t have the pain that’s associated with the CoolSculpt machine or liposuction. TruSculpt is actually very comfortable when treatments are performed. HLS: Most med spas carry a sort of “girls club” stigma. What does Pura Vida offer for men? Dr. Himmelberg: Our treatments are not just for women. From Botox® to laser hair removal and laser skin rejuvenation, non-surgical cosmetic procedures for men are more popular than ever. Pura Vida treatments require little or no downtime. So it’s possible to have your procedures performed during a lunch hour or breaking point in your day and head right back to the office or other activities afterwards. HLS: What are the most common compliments you receive? Dr. Himmelberg: Our staff and how wonderful they are. They make our guests feel very welcome and relaxed. When our guests leave feeling like they just took a mini vacation without leaving Omaha, that’s the best compliment we receive. Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


out on the town

Opera Omaha Presents

Bluebeard’s Castle

A Masterpiece by Béla Bartók

by Amber Weinacht

Opera Omaha will be presenting Bluebeard’s Castle at the Orpheum Theater on April 19th and 21st. Composed by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók in 1911, the opera is loosely based on the French fairy tale “Bluebeard” by Charles Perrault. Bluebeard received its première at the Royal Opera House in Budapest on May 24, 1918 and was originally performed in Hungarian. It has since been translated to English and German. Bluebeard’s Castle is described as a chilling psychodrama and captivating story about the complex relationship between a man and a woman. There are only two singing characters onstage: Bluebeard, and his new wife Judith. The two have just eloped and Judith is coming home to Bluebeard’s castle for the first time. They arrive and Judith finds seven doors in the castle that are shut. She pushes the Duke’s boundaries, wanting to open the seven doors as Bluebeard protests and asks her not to. What is behind each door is then Image courtesy of Watie White conveyed by dramatic lighting, intense singing, haunting music and brilliant orchestral writing. Before the seventh door, Bluebeard begs Judith to stop, and to simply love him. The last door must remain shut for forever. The heavy symbolism and weighty metaphors lead viewers to realize that the castle is no real castle but instead represents the human mind. The doors, then, represent aspects of the man’s identity that are revealed to her whether he wants them to be or not. In the end, the same love that drew Bluebeard and Judith together, also spells loneliness for them both. No doubt, Bluebeard is one opera that should not be missed. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday the 19th and 2:00 p.m on Sunday the 21st. Hal France will present a pre-opera talk 45 minutes before each performance, and tickets range from $19-$79 each. SEE PAGE 4 FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TICKETS TO BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE!

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fyi Ten Things You DIDN’T KNOW About Air Duct Cleaning by Amber Weinacht

Spring is finally here. It is the time of year when people clear out clutter from winter and make everything seem new and shiny again. A common part of this cleansing and renewal by homeowners usually includes air duct cleaning. Bill Hippen, owner of DuctMedic of Omaha, shared with us some interesting facts that we thought we would also share with our readers. 1 Dirty air ducts are a major contributing cause of allergies, asthma and illnesses. 2 It is estimated that a whopping 50 percent of all upper respiratory illnesses are caused by poor indoor air quality. 3 Allergens, germs, mold spores, dirt and pet dander are among some of the things that can be found in air ducts. 4 In addition to allergens and the like, air ducts may also be infested with trash, rodents, insects or other vermin. 5 The EPA says that indoor air can have up to 70 times the pollutants found in outdoor air, and that people spend 90 percent of time indoors. 6 Many homes have inefficient filters which trap less than ten percent of particulates drawn into the system. 7 In a six room home, up to 40 pounds of dust are created annually. 8 It is not just your home that should be modified, but the air ducts as well. Leaking air ducts can be very costly. Home owners can save 25-40 percent with reg- ular inspections and air quality testing. 9 Air ducts should be inspected every two years with cleaning of air ducts performed every four to eight years. 10 Health concerns are not the only reason to get air ducts checked and cleaned. Safety is also a major factor. Dryer related fires from lint build up in the heating element causes over $75.4 million in property damage every year. Carbon monoxide can also be released, which can lead to death! Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013


Home • Life • Style • April 2013



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