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An Insider's Guide to great shopping, fabulous food and fun things to do in the greater Omaha metro area.

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1 • a dining experience flagship restaurant group Flagship Restaurant Group is an Omaha-based restaurant company committed to remaining on the forefront of food and dining trends. Our concepts include: Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Roja Mexican Grill, Blatt Beer & Table, Plank Seafood Provisions, Anthem, and one of the nation’s first independently-owned and operated food halls, Flagship Commons. We serve creative, adventurous and memorable dinning experiences in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Texas with a new Blue location in Des Moines, IA. roja mexican grill | rojagrill.com old market – 402.346.9190 | shops of legacy – 402.547.5959 blatt beer and table | blattbeer.com north downtown – 402.718.8822 | shops of legacy – 402.697.7802 flagship commons | flagshipcommons.com | 402.932.9993 blue sushi sake grill | bluesushisakegrill.com grayhawk pointe – 402.445.2583 | shops of legacy – 402.547.5959 old market – 402.260.8444 plank seafood provisions | plankseafood.com old market – 402.507.4480

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2 • our work is beyond words american midwest ballet

American Midwest Ballet brings the beauty, athleticism and energy of professional ballet to audiences in the Midwest and beyond. Performing at home and on tour, our mission is to provide enrichment through programs of the highest quality: professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach. American Midwest Ballet’s talented professional dancers hail from around the nation and abroad. The company inspires people through expressive performing artists, acclaimed choreographers, skilled teachers, and stunning productions. american midwest ballet p.o. box 6413, omaha, ne 68106 www.amballet.org | info@amballet.org

3 • quintessential day spa faces day spa Faces offer so many great services, but our favorite spa package is the Faces Day of Beauty. This luxurious packages includes the Beaute Neuve Facial, one-hour Swedish Massage, Spa Pedicure and Spa Manicure. The Beaute Neuve Facial uses fruit acid and vitamin C to eliminate dead skin cells and brighten the skin. Our Swedish Massage stimulates the skin and nervous system while at the same time helping to reduce stress and toxins. Faces Spa Pedicures and Manicures by licensed nail technicians focus on providing the very best in natural nail care. Looking to improve your skin? Now is the time for microneedling with the FDA approved SkinPen. SkinPen is safe for all skin types and will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For more information or to schedule an appointment go to facesspa.com.

faces spa | 2605 s 84th st., omaha, ne 68124 402.384.8400 | facesspa.com shopping • dining • attractions

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4• making the extraordinary ordinary ronald mcdonald house charities in omaha At Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha, we focus on keeping things as ordinary, unperturbed and boring as possible. Why? Because the families we serve are folks facing unfamiliar situations—kids diagnosed with medical issues that are sometimes rare, sometimes chronic and sometimes both. And they’re often hundreds of miles from their home. RMHC is so much more than a House; consider us the made-to-order, one-of-a-kind, double Home with everything.

ronald mcdonald house charities in omaha | 620 s 38th ave., omaha, ne 68105 | 402.346.9377 | www.makeitordinary.com

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5 • signature style lewis art gallery

Voted Omaha’s best art gallery, Lewis Art Gallery was founded in 1971. This family-owned-and-operated business is the largest retail art gallery between Chicago and Denver. Boasting a tremendous inventory of art ranging from investment-quality oil paintings to posters, the gallery also has over 400 lamps in store, and an exceptional selection of home accessories, art glass, and accent furniture for sale. Lewis Art Gallery’s award-winning custom framing department has over 700 frame options in stock, offering one-week service and competitive pricing every day. Enjoy the ever-changing and inspiring possibilities of art, framing, and home decor at Lewis Art Gallery Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm.

lewis art gallery 8600 cass st. (86th & dodge), omaha, ne 68114 www.lewisartgallery.com | 402.391.7733

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ties that bind personal threads boutique For more than 28 years, Personal Threads Boutique has been Omaha’s premier needle-arts shop, always committed to serving customers with the best service and expert advice. Recognized nationwide and known as a destination for knitters around the country, this friendly, family-run shop features the largest selection of yarn in the Midwest, as well as hand-painted needlepoint canvases, knitting and crochet supplies, and buttons. Shop online at personalthreads.com, or during store hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. personal threads boutique | 8600 cass st. (86th & dodge) 2nd floor, omaha, ne 68114 | www.personalthreads.com | 402.391.7733 shopping • dining • attractions

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7 • where help becomes hope nebraska humane society One of the largest shelters in the country where staff and volunteers return strays to owners and heal, foster and adopt out more than 10,000 pets annually. We work with owners, offering free behavior help, training classes, low-cost spaying and neutering, a pet food pantry, children’s camps and other priceless resources. NHS provides education, offers sanctuary, encourages adoptions and promotes responsible pet ownership—your one-stop pet resource. the nebraska humane society | 8929 fort st., omaha, ne 68134 | www.nehumanesociety.org | 402.444.7800 7

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8 • make your season brite brite ideas decorating

A passion for Christmas lighting and the joy it brings drove Travis Freeman to open Brite Ideas Decorating in 1990. Fast forward 29 years and Brite Ideas is the national leader creating holiday displays we enjoy in Omaha and around the nation. They offer lighting displays, exterior and interior décor, design & installation services, and custom pieces. Visit the new, larger showroom and make your season Brite! brite ideas decorating | 2011 n 156th st., omaha, ne 68116 | briteidea.com | 402.553.1178

9 • your mantra mantra bar & grille

A hot spot on the west end of Benson, Mantra Bar & Grille fuses traditional with unique to create their signature dishes and drinks. Sunday hosts a brunch that shouldn’t be missed. Pistachio Cake French Toast and bottomless mimosas highlight the brunch menu. The patio with gas lamps and fire pit lets you get outside while enjoying great food and drink. Lunch, dinner or brunch, Mantra will keep you coming back. mantra bar & grille | 6913 maple st., omaha, ne 68104 | 402.933.1666 | mantraomaha.com shopping • dining • attractions

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10• open your mind to opera opera omaha

Opera Omaha produces a full season of offerings each year including a free outdoor concert, productions at the historic Orpheum Theater, the innovative ONE Festival featuring an array of multi-disciplinary performances, and special engagement work throughout the community. Opera Omaha is highly regarded for outstanding productions including multiple national and world premieres, and the groundbreaking Holland Community Opera Fellowship which creates meaningful community connections year-round.

opera omaha | 1850 farnam st., omaha, ne 68102 | www.operaomaha.org | 402.346.7372

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11 • avant garde the BLUEBarn theatre

The BLUEBARN Theatre is Omaha’s professional regional theatre company, producing a full season of contemporary plays and new works in its innovative, one of a kind, convertible indoor/outdoor space. The New York-born, Omaha-raised BLUEBARN Theatre has been a trailblazing force in the local arts scene since 1989. The BLUEBARN theatre exists to provoke thought, emotion, action and change. the BLUEBarn theatre | 1106 s 10th st., omaha, ne 68108 | www.bluebarn.org | 402.345.1576

12• the best place for kids children’s hospital & medical center

Children’s Hospital & Medical Center is a nationally recognized pediatric health care leader, serving children from across the region and around the globe. At the heart of Children’s dedication to exceptional clinical care, research, education and advocacy is its mission: “To improve the life of every child.” In response to increased demand for high-quality pediatric care, Children’s has launched a transformational expansion effort to meet the needs of community children. Its Hubbard Center for Children—a new, state-of-the-art clinical facility on Children’s main campus—is set to open in 2021. To find a provider, call 1.800.833.3100. children’s hospital & medical center | 8200 dodge st., omaha, ne 68114 | www.childrensomaha.org shopping • dining • attractions

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13• stronger together omaha gives! Omaha Gives! is an online charitable challenge which takes place annually the Wednesday before Memorial Day. This 24-hour event showcases the metro area’s spirit of giving, raises awareness about nonprofits, and celebrates the collective efforts it takes to make this city great. Join thousands of area givers supporting local nonprofits with gifts that go further during this gift-giving holiday as they watch the clock waiting for midnight to strike!

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14 • locally made. omaha staged. omaha community playhouse

The Omaha Community Playhouse is the nation’s largest community theatre featuring two state-of-the-art theatres: proscenium-style Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and black box-style Howard Drew Theatre. Experience OCP’s 2019/20 season with great shows including Sweat, Annie, The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, Yesterday And Today, A Raisin in the Sun, Native Gardens, Once, Bright Star, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday and The Color Purple. omaha community playhouse | 6915 cass st., omaha, ne 68132 | www.omahaplayhouse.com | 402.553.0800

15 • elevated omaha tap & grill flight deck tap & grill Flight Deck Tap & Grill is an elevated Omaha bar and restaurant that is locally owned and operated in the newly renovated Atlas Apartments building. The bar and restaurant feature 16 rotating beer taps featuring some of the community’s favorite local craft beers and ciders. The modern and inviting space is great for groups and events with free parking in the downtown area. The restaurant offers an eclectic menu featuring everything from hand-crafted pizzas and bar fare to unique rice bowls and salads. The Tap & Grill has daily specials and Happy Hour from 2-6 pm Monday through Friday and a great patio to enjoy a drink and meal. flight deck tap & grill 2929 california st., ste. 1015 (atlas apartments building), omaha, ne flightdeck.world | 402.504.4893

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16 • relax, rejuvenate,

indulge

creative hair design salon & spa From the basics of a snip-snip here and a clip-clip there to the sheer indulgence of a full range of luxurious spa services, Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa is your home for the ultimate in personal care. The professional staff has one simple aim – to deliver the very best in singularly distinctive health and beauty services, all in a supportive and nurturing environment that creates your very own personal oasis of relaxation and enrichment. creative hair design salon & spa 12025 pacific st., omaha, ne 68154 www.creativehairdesign.com | 402.330.5660 13

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17• time to shine shine spray tanning & waxing

Looking our best often translates to feeling our best and giving the best of ourselves in everything we do. We offer the best spray tan in the area, with several levels of our proprietary solutions to help you find your perfect Shine shade. Our highly trained staff also offers facials, peels and microdermabrasion, and a full line of waxing services. legacy | 16920 wright plz., omaha, ne 68130 | 402.991.7546 miracle hills | 747B n 114th st., omaha, ne 68154 | 402.934.7337 370 (papillion) | 1449 papillion dr., ste. 107, papillion, ne 68046 | 402.506.6661 www.shinespraytans.com

18 • quality over quantity compete personal fitness At Compete Personal Fitness we believe fitness begins with quality movements that transition from the gym to your daily life. Through coaching and accountability, our professionals will lead you through 1:1 or small-group training sessions that will build strength, stability and mobility and allow you to participate in anything your life throws at you. Be your strongest, healthiest, best self and Compete for Life! compete personal fitness | 2819 s 125th ave. #355, omaha, ne 68144 www.competepersonalfitness.com | 402.881.9963 shopping • dining • attractions

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19 • old market originals old market candy tannenbaum christmas shop dolci

Omaha’s historic Old Market is the place for unique shops, eateries, galleries, and entertainment scenes that you won’t find everywhere else. Watch delicious chocolates and fudge being made at the original Old Market Candy Shop. Tannenbaum Christmas Shop offers holiday décor and gifts for seasons through the year. Dolci’s authentic Italian desserts and premium soft serve with candy mix-ins or flavor swirls are sure to please.

old market originals | 10th & howard, omaha, ne old market candy | www.oldMarketcandy.com | 402.344.8846 tannenbaum christmas shop | www.otannenbaum.com | 402.345.9627 dolci | www.dolcioldMarket.com | 402.345.8198

20 • a departure from boredom the durham museum Making its home in Nebraska’s newest National Historic Landmark, Union Station, The Durham Museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the region and offers a broad range of traveling exhibits. Exhibits feature subjects ranging from history and culture to science, industry and more through affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum. Explore masterfully restored train cars, 1940s storefronts and the authentic 1931 soda fountain.

the durham museum 801 s 10th st., omaha, ne 68108 www.durhammuseum.org | 402.444.5071

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21• legendary personality boomer radio – dave wingert Dave Wingert has enlivened the radio airwaves since 1974. An award-winning actor, as well as a tv and radio personality, “Wingy” was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasting Association’s Hall of Fame as a “legendary Personality” about a dozen years back. After spending 20 years in Seattle hosting a nationally syndicated radio show “Dave Til Dawn,” heard on almost 100 stations cross the country, Dave realized he wanted to move back to The Heartland to enjoy the rich and satisfying quality of life The Big O has to offer. He now delights listeners on BOOMER Radio weekday mornings from 6 am to 9 am. Dave is passionate about the arts and can often be found on stage performing at the Omaha Community Playhouse and the Bluebarn Theatre. When asked what he loves most about Omaha... “There’s an easiness about my life here. I love that Omaha is the size of town where one can make a huge difference!” boomer radio – dave wingert 11717 burt st., omaha, ne 68154 www.myboomerradio.com

22 • you’re our vip vip sedan & limousine Celebrating 17 years as the metro’s premier transportation company, VIP provides flawless service to fortunate locals and discerning out-of-towners alike. on time, safe and in style.

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23 • strategic client-driven

legal solutions

vandenack weaver llc For accomplished individuals and closely held companies who deal with complex legal and tax issues, Vandenack Weaver is the law firm with the expertise, resources and solutions that empower you to thrive. Our attorneys are experts in tax, business planning, trusts and estates, real estate, health care, and emerging technologies.This combination is a decided advantage for our clients and unmatched by other firms in the area.

vandenack weaver llc 17007 marcy st., ste.3, omaha, ne 68118 402.504.1300 | www.vwattys.com

24 • invested in our community american national bank

At American National Bank, we are invested in building strong partnerships. Our client-focused employees provide innovative solutions, exceptional customer service and a diverse offering of products and services to businesses and individuals. Through corporate philanthropy and employee volunteerism, we believe in giving back to our community to build a financially strong, sustainable and vibrant place to live and work. american national bank | 8990 w dodge rd., omaha, ne 68114 | www.american.bank | 1.800.279.0007 17

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25 • fresh

fashion

fashion cleaners At Fashion Cleaners, we are passionate about what we do. We are pleased to provide sustainable, premier dry cleaning services to Omaha and take great pride in being consistently voted “Best Dry Cleaner” in Omaha. We want you to look fabulous in your clothes and strive to make getting your garments cleaned as convenient as possible. With 7 locations and free home and office pick-up and delivery, we can accommodate most situations. fashion cleaners | www.fashioncleaners.com downtown | 3031 leavenworth st., omaha, ne | 402.342.3491 pepperwood | 537 n 155th st., omaha, ne | 402.496.7881 armbrust village | 883 s 168th st., omaha, ne | 402.330.0590 midtown crossing | 3220 Farnam st., ste. 210 | omaha, ne | 402.916.1987 loveland centre | 2501 s 90th st., ste. 122, omaha, ne | 402.504.4160 sterling ridge | 1150 sterling ridge dr., ste., 106 omaha, ne | 402.932.1158 fashion cleaners/omaha lace cleaners | 5007 leavenworth st., omaha, ne | 402.556.1522

26• a knockout of a workout title boxing club omaha

TITLE Boxing Club is the best and only authentic full-body boxing workout that changes your body, clears your mind and completely engages your spirit. Our signature Power Hour utilizes the fundamentals of a true boxer’s workout to strengthen and tone your arms, legs, back, core and confidence. This high-intensity interval training workout sculpts your body and burns calories like nothing you’ve experienced before. Empowering, exhilarating and totally addictive—this is your new favorite workout. title boxing club omaha | 3525 n 147th st., unit 103, omaha, ne 68116 | www.titleboxingclub.com/omaha-ne | 402.932.6711 shopping • dining • attractions

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27 • elegance reimagined regency

Nowhere else in Omaha will you find the one-of-a-kind stores like those at Regency. This exclusive shopping destination features retailers complementary to each other and to you. Stop by and talk with our fashionable experts known for creatively matching what’s new with your distinctive tastes. At Regency, you are sure to discover elegance reimagined just for you. regency | 120 regency pkwy., omaha, ne 68114 | www.regencycourtomaha.com | 402.506.4376

28 • midwest’s

premier fashion event

omaha fashion week Omaha Fashion Week has proudly grown into the nation’s fourth-largest fashion event, supporting more independent fashion designers than any other organization in the region! As the Midwest’s premier fashion event, Omaha Fashion Week connects designers, stylists, models, and more through engaging opportunities, and showcases fashion innovation to over 5,000 attendees each season. Learn more and snag tickets online today!

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29 • fine wine, food and art omaha crush Omaha Crush is Omaha’s beloved annual celebration of fine wine, fine food, and fine art. This event features a gourmet wine enthusiast’s dinner and art show on Friday, and a vibrant community wine and art festival on Saturday. Art show curated by Anderson O’Brien Fine Art. Make sure to catch this one-of-a-kind event and prepare to sip the day away! Tickets available at www.omahacrush.com!

omaha crush www.omahacrush.com | info@omahacrush.com

30 • fabsolutely fresh shucks fish house and oyster bar Have you been to the Gulf Coast or New England and liked the feel of a good old-fashioned oyster bar? Well, we brought one back for you! At Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, you’ll find the widest selection of fresh fish daily with clam strips, calamari, crab cakes, chowders (and that’s only using the third letter of the alphabet!) Fresh. Casual. Very casual. And always delicious.

shucks fish house and oyster bar | www.shucksfishhouse.com 1911 leavenworth, omaha, ne 68102 | 402.614.5544 119th & pacific, omaha, ne 68144 | 402.827.4376 the shops of legacy | 168th & center, omaha, ne 68130 | 402.763.1860 shopping • dining • attractions

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play with purpose omaha children’s museum Omaha Children’s Museum is a special place where children can discover how the world works and learn through play. Permanent exhibits include the Science Center; the Tinker Lab; and Imagination Playground, with a kid-sized grocery store, hospital, bank and water table. Temporary exhibit spaces allow for family-friendly exhibits like Diggin’ Dino’s in fall 2019 and smaller exhibits like Cobweb Castle and Santa’s Magic. Birthday parties, field trips and additional educational programs are available. omaha children’s museum 500 s 20th st., omaha, ne 68102 www.ocm.org | 402.342.6164

32• veteran -owned and family-operated hard bean coffee

Hard Bean Coffee is a coffee shop located in La Vista that is veteran-owned and family-operated. We specialize in providing high quality, specialty coffee, teas, smoothies, and more and strive to always give our customers a superb, above-average experience when visiting our shop. We have free meeting rooms and also offer a “public service” discount for those in public service including all active duty military, veterans, police, fire, EMS, nurses and teachers. hard bean coffee | 7302 giles rd., ste. 4, la vista, ne 68128 | www.hardbeanlavista.com | 402.819.1127

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33 • all things fresh & fun village pointe shopping center

Village Pointe is an upscale lifestyle shopping center with an exciting lineup of more than 60 shops and restaurants certain to satisfy the style personalities of any visitor. From Scheels, Apple, Coach, Sephora, and lululemon to Kona Grill, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and BRAVO! Cucina Italiana, Village Pointe is Omaha’s destination for great shopping and dining. Entertainment options include The Funny Bone Comedy Club, which attracts outstanding local and national comedy performers, and the newly renovated theaters at Marcus Village Pointe Cinema featuring the latest movie releases. Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy seasonal décor and signature events, including the popular Farmers Market and Vibes summer concert series.

village pointe shopping center 168th & w dodge rd., omaha, ne 68118 www.villagepointeshopping.com | 402.505.9773

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something for

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omaha symphony From Bach to rock, the Omaha Symphony entertains concert goers with passion and expertise. Experience more than 50 concerts in six distinct series that include classical, pop, rock, family and movie music at the Holland Performing Arts Center, an architectural and acoustic marvel in the heart of downtown. The Symphony Joslyn series pairs beautiful music with timeless art at the Joslyn Art Museum. Additionally, the symphony engages the community through nationally recognized education programs and community partnerships.

omaha symphony 1905 harney st., ste. 400, omaha, ne 68102 www.omahasymphony.org | 402.345.0606

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35• ready when you are pat and jt/parkville media

After long careers in radio, including nearly 20 years in Omaha morning drive, Pat and JT made the transition to podcasting! With times and technology changing, they wanted to be more accessible and on YOUR time. They’ll be posting a new podcast every single day for their first year! Pat and JT also launched Parkville Media, an Omaha-based company offering podcast and audio production. They’re here to Tell YOUR story to YOUR audience YOUR way. pat and jt/parkville media | 2809 s 160th #407, omaha, ne 68130 | www.ParkvilleMedia.com

36 • vibrant destination for the arts

omaha performing arts Omaha Performing Arts presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment at the Orpheum Theater, Holland Performing Arts Center and beyond. The nonprofit also provides a broad range of education and community engagement programs, reaching a wide and diverse audience across the state. Ticket Omaha is the official ticket seller for all shows at the Orpheum Theater and the Holland Center. For the best seats, at the best price and service, ONLY purchase from Ticket Omaha. omaha performing arts 1200 douglas st., omaha, ne 68102 omahaperformingarts.org | ticketomaha.com 402.345.0202

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37• taking clean to the next level extremely clean

When it comes to water damage, whether a major flood has engulfed your house or a pipe backs up–the sooner we get there, the better. And when you need mold remediation services, your indoor air quality and your respiratory health are at stake. Call Extremely Clean 24/7. We’ll get you on your way back to normal and you’ll be extremely satisfied. Serving the Omaha area since 2004. extremely clean | www.extremelyclean.com | 402.932.3257

38 • find your inner peace buddha maitreya omaha soul therapy center Experience the peace and healing of Buddha Maitreya’s Soul Therapy Music. Prayers and Invocations said by Him to awaken your Soul. Locations in Northern California; Glastonbury, England; and Omaha. Offering weekly group meditations, brain wave balancing and a refuge for the soul for all ages. Enter a very sacred pyramid provided for your meditation, close your eyes and let go. buddha maitreya omaha soul therapy center montclair shopping center | open daily | 13013 w center rd., omaha, ne 68144 877.444.soul | shambhalahealingtools.com

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39 • bring out the princess cinderella’s formal gown rentals Where else can you dress for the ball on a budget? Cinderella’s has collected over 6,000 beautiful dresses and has made them available for you to rent for your special occasion. From flower girl, pageant and quinceanera to prom, mother-of-the-bride and black-tie dinners. And we specialize in plus sizes. Bring your posse, wedding party or best friend. We have name-brand dresses of the highest quality for a fraction of the cost. We also carry a wide variety of shoes, purses and accessories to complete your attire from head to toe. Open by appointment. See our website for hours.

cinderella’s formal gown rentals 7631 main st., ralston, ne www.cinderelladressrentals.com | 402.639.2121

40 • the original invisible fence® of the heartland

The original and most trusted brand, Invisible Fence® Brand has been keeping pets safe at home for over 40 years! Invisible Fence® Brand is a full-service pet containment company with safe and effective solutions to provide freedom for your pet and peace of mind for you. Certified staff will help customize the Invisible Fence® system to create a safe, happy environment outside, and also inside, your home. invisible fence® of the heartland | 1223 s 119th st., omaha, ne 68144 | www.heartland.invisiblefence.com | 402.330.4000 25

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41 • omaha’s premier pet event pets in omaha (pick-a-pooch) Pets in Omaha, a pet news and information website, advocates for animals all year long, but every July brings a giant event that helps homeless animals meet thousands of potential adopters. The annual Pick-a-Pooch Adoption Days offers community members a free opportunity to shop, meet area rescues and shelters, and find four-legged furry friends looking to find forever homes. 402.639.5235 | petsinomaha.com

42 • dedicated to pets petsinomaha.com

The mission at PetsInOmaha.com is to find homes for animals and highlight members of our community who advocate for them. They promote adoption, present useful and timely information, give advice and connect people with their pet partners. Through outreach efforts they make life better for pets and pet owners through community building, event promotion and animal adoption.

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43• worlds in harmony omaha healing arts center Enter the relaxing holistic day spa, shop OM imports, rent the intimate skylit hall for your private functions, or attend workshops and performing arts events. Omaha Healing Arts Center (OM Center) features the world’s only museum-quality Tibetan sand painting under glass. Omaha Healing Arts Center is your passport to a world of cultures, ideas and healing!

omaha healing arts center old market | 1216 howard st., omaha, ne 68102

44 • pop on in vic’s corn popper

From the sweetness of our special hybrid popcorn to our exacting quantities of ingredients and heat, we’re able to produce the precise taste, texture and flavor that Vic’s gourmet popcorn is known for. That’s also why no preservatives are used in the preparation of any of Vic’s gourmet popcorns. Instead, they’re popped and packed the day you order – each time, every time. vic’s corn popper | 5 omaha locations | www.vicspopcornomaha.com 27

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45 • there is only one one pacific place One Pacific Place, a destination shopping center, offers a dynamic experience unmatched in the market with upscale national specialty retailers, unique eateries, and service providers. Conveniently located at 103rd and Pacific, the outdoor fashion center features one-and-only shops such as Trader Joe’s, Sur La Table, Talbots, A Pea in the Pod and L’Occitane en Provence. Pamper yourself at Five Salon and Ideal Image, then enjoy casual dining at 801 Grill, Andrés Tortillery or WheatFields.

one pacific place 103rd & pacific st., omaha, ne 68114 www.onepacificplace.com | 402.505.9773

46 • say it with blooms blooms

Blooms is a family-owned-and-operated luxury floral and plant boutique. We have a heart for service and appreciate the value of premium quality and artistic design. We love supporting our local growers and hand-selecting the botanicals we design with. The changing of the seasons and unique color palettes and textures of nature are some of our biggest inspirations. blooms rockbrook village | 10923 prairie brook rd., omaha, ne 68144 www.omahablooms.com | 402.991.2300

47 • art for everyone anderson o’brien fine art

Erin ren photography

Omaha’s preeminent fine art gallery, Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, is dedicated to the promotion of regional and national visual artists. We offer project design, appraisals, estate services, installation and consultation for either corporate or residential needs. Our gallery offers an expansive collection of modern and contemporary art, sculpture, fine art, and photography. Visit our online gallery or visit us today to learn more about our artists, upcoming exhibitions and events. anderson o’brien fine art 3201 farnam st. #6109, omaha, ne 68131 402.884.0911 | aobfineart.com shopping • dining • attractions

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48 • the food of life vitality bowls Vitality Bowls superfoods cafe was created out of a strong commitment to bring health and wellness to the Omaha community through fresh, high-quality superfoods. We specialize in making delicious açaí bowls and offer additional antioxidant-rich menu items such as smoothies, fresh juices, soups, salads and paninis. We are proud to serve the Omaha community at our Aksarben Village and West Omaha locations. vitality bowls aksarben village | 1922 s 67th st., omaha, ne 68106 the shops of legacy | 2835 s 170th plz., omaha, ne 68130 402.614.9323 | www.vitalitybowls.com

49 • sweet perfection sweet d’s teacakes Sweet D’s Teacakes, a real taste of elegance dating back to the Queen Victoria Era. Using only the finest ingredients, fresh farm eggs, real butter and vanilla paste, these are a sweet little confection unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. In the spirit of celebrating life, we have the perfect indulgence for your next event or gathering. Teacakes make fabulous gifts for a friend, guest or business associate or a unique addition to your next party, shower or wedding.

sweet d’s teacakes | 2674 s 191st cir., omaha, ne 68130 | 402.681.5037 | www.sweetdsteacakes.com | facebook: sweet d’s teacakes

50 • inspire the soul beyond the vine Beyond the Vine has been infusing life and interest into interiors for over 30 years. Discover one-of-a-kind floral designs crafted with the most unique blooms from around the world. Their 4,000-square-foot showroom of home décor and fresh flowers will transport you, inspire you, and take you away from the cares of the day.

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51 • go away please travel faire For 49 years, Travel Faire has been a leading agency in the world of luxury getaways. Our dedicated team of experts provides unsurpassed vacation and business (meetings, groups, incentive trips) services from start to finish, ensuring an exceptional experience. Choosing a great destination is the beginning of an unforgettable journey. In a world of the ordinary, Travel Faire believes that it is the personal touches that make your trip extraordinary.

travel faire | 8719 shamrock rd., omaha, ne 68114 www.travelfaireinc.com | 402.397.6900

52 • the art of relaxation one drake place salon & spa At One Drake Place you’ll find a passionate group of expertly trained stylists, technicians and therapists dedicated to providing clients with memorable customer service experiences and exceptional salon services, and to building strong relationships. ODP adds special seasonal services to entice its clients: pumpkin peels and scrubs in the fall, and margarita manis and pedis in the summer. The Spa at ODP offers skin care, body and specialized treatments, med spa services, and spa and bridal packages.

one drake place | 12100 w center rd., ste. 910, omaha, ne 68144 | www.onedrakeplace.com | 402.933.7253

53 • laugh out loud funny bone comedy club & restaurant Bringing stand-up comedy to the metro area for 25 years! Full-service restaurant and bar ready for you to enjoy while you relax and laugh at nationally touring comics! The club is available for private daytime events for your business. Or just a date night out with your favorite person to laugh with. No kidding!

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54 • fitness, philanthropy & fun! my 5k journey

Have you ever wanted to challenge yourself? Give back to local charities? Become more healthy? You’re invited to join the My 5K Journey Facebook page started by metroMAGAZINE publisher Andrea ‘Andee’ Hoig. After turning 50, Andee decided to challenge herself to do 50 5Ks in 2017. She shares what she has learned as well as keeps everyone up to date on upcoming 5Ks in the Omaha metro area. Join My 5K Journey for Fitness, Philanthropy and FUN! https://www.facebook.com/5Kandee/

55 • good karma karma koffee Karma Koffee was founded for the explicit purpose of creating fantastic coffee drinks made with the most local ingredients practical served by a cosmic team of happinessbased baristas. Each drink is hand-crafted. Each with passion. Yet it’s not the exquisite drinks which differentiate Karma Koffee from her peers, it’s her unique décor and furnishings. And her quiet call to self-discovery: Who am I? What do I really want? What’s my purpose? What am I grateful for? These questions govern the software of our soul. Pop in. Look around. Relax. Enjoy the journey a koffee break is meant to be. Namaste. karma koffee | 587 n 155 plz., omaha, ne 68154 402.885.8892 | www.karmakoffee.com

56 • serenity and self-discovery elevate & create retreats Take a journey of purposeful exploration in nature. Allow the hidden expanse of trees and trails to nourish your soul as you allow yourself to elevate your spirit through guided meditation, yoga and solitude. Experience educational introduction to a variety of topics related to healing and mindfulness. Raise your vibration and learn about wellness, earthing, crystals, self-healing hypnosis, essential oils and more, all within private and group retreats, workshops and events. elevate & create retreats elkhorn, ne | 402.850.0121 facebook.com – elevateandcreateretreats instagram – elevateandcreateretreats 31

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57 • the best of india jaipur restaurant & brewing company Tandoori delights await at Jaipur Restaurant & Brewing Company, where the flavors of India blend with home-brewed beers and ales in one of the most romantic settings in the metro. Only the freshest, most select ingredients make it onto the table or into the kilns of Omaha’s first microbrewery. Be sure to leave room for the scintillating zing of their signature brew, the renowned Jalapeno Ale. Jaipur offers 23 different wines by the glass and more than 250 by the bottle. Try eight different wines, from one ounce to whatever you wish, from the new wine testing machine. Voted THE BEST Indian restaurant in town for the last 15 years in a row!

jaipur restaurant & brewing company | rockbrook village | 10922 elm st., omaha, ne 68144 | www.jaipurbrewhouse.com | 402.392.7331

58 • benvenuti amici! pasta amore That’s Amore! It truly is love. Award-winning Chef Leo–originally from Sicily–personally crafts each dish with expertise, just for you. The family-owned tradition specializes in traditional fare with a Sicilian influence on all things seafood. Enjoy veal saltimbocca, veal marsala and veal piccata, unique dishes you will find nowhere else in Omaha, and don’t forget the dessert! When you dine at Pasta Amore, you are family!

pasta amore | rockbrook village 108th & center, omaha, ne 68144 www.pastaamore.net | 402.391.2585

59 • sweet treat sunrize donuts Glazed, frosted, sprinkled…Sunrize Donuts has more than 50 varieties of donuts, all made from scratch. The Sunrize family has been making donuts for over 30 years! Come in any day of the week from 6 am to noon to grab a coffee and a donut (or two), pick up a dozen to treat your family or coworkers, or ask how we can make your next birthday party or event sweeter.

sunrize donuts 17676 welch plz., omaha, ne 68135 sunrizedonuts.com | 402.614.2228 shopping • dining • attractions

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60 • the premier needlepoint shop village needleworks Village Needleworks is the purveyor of quality hand-painted needlepoint canvases, an array of fibers, private instruction, necessary accessories, expert finishing and unsurpassed customer service. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, we’re here to guide you.

village needleworks 8709 shamrock rd., omaha, ne 68114 402.391.1191 | www.villageneedleworks.com

61 • the art of relaxation the linen gallery A specialty shop for fine European bed, bath and table linens and European down in Omaha since 1994. Celebrated 25 years in 2019. Local customer service, in-home design consultation. Or shop our website. Our linens include the following products: Yves DeLorme, Scandia Down, SDH and the Purists, Peacock Alley, Nancy Koltes, de Medici, Fino Lino , Daisy House Towels, and more!

the linen gallery 8723 countryside plz., omaha, ne 68114 402.399.5242 | www.linensanddown.com

62• more than a gift village pomegranate A unique gift store located in the heart of Countryside Village, specializing in Caspari paper products, gifts and holiday stocking stuffers, and seasonal decor. You’ll find products by local artisans and candlemakers, and Kathi Geringer’s Omaha prints. We feature a large number of Shark Tank-funded products.

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63• omaha’s finest fish & chips dundee dell Since 1934, The Dundee Dell has been known for serving perfectly crisp and golden fried cod served hot and fresh. Plus, it boasts one of the largest selections of single malt Scotch in the country. Part of the Absolutely Fresh Family of restaurants since 2016, The Dundee Dell is also keeping it fresh with in-house smoked meats on its signature sandwiches and specials.

dundee dell 5007 underwood ave., (50th & underwood) omaha, ne 68132 402.553.9501 | dundeedell.com

64 • find your treasure the omaha mega market The Mega Market is Omaha’s premier new-generation flea market. It’s unlike anywhere else. Stop by our location and enjoy shopping at 60plus vendors in our climate-controlled building. You will be greeted by the friendly owners and vendors. There’s a large variety of items (antiques, new and others’ treasures) and something for everyone from babies through adults with very reasonable prices. Stop by often to see new inventory. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm

the omaha mega market | deerfield plaza, 5222 s 136th st., omaha, ne 68137 | theomahamegamarket.com | 402.891.5720

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outdoor excitement boulder creek amusement park

You don’t know family fun in Omaha until you experience Boulder Creek! From a 36-hole putting course to batting cages suitable for all ages, Boulder Creek has you covered. This is the perfect place for birthday parties, corporate events or simply a great time with the family. Boulder Creek serves up the best pulled-pork sandwiches in town and for those 21 and over, Boulder Creek also serves alcohol! boulder creek amusement park 14208 s st., omaha, ne 68137 | funinomaha.net | 402.861.0575 shopping • dining • attractions

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66 • yoga cycle sculpt pilates joy lotus house of yoga The best movement studio in the Midwest has three locations in Omaha and one in Lincoln. Here you find joy, presence, community, a great sweat, and great music. Our faculty and staff love to serve you with exactly what your mind, body and spirit crave. You will love the way you feel and that love will transform your life. lotus house of yoga 6706 frances st., omaha, ne 68106 info@lotushouseofyoga.com | lotushouseofyoga.com

67 • pure whole CBD wellness namaste pantry We are a group of yogis who want to help heal your body and soul! We are plant-based and know the healing power of the earth. Namaste Pantry is pure and powerful and can help you sleep better, live pain-free, and improve your holistic wellness.

namaste pantry | 6706 frances st., omaha, ne 68106 | namastepantry.com | @namastepantry

68• movement music plant food vibes high vibe festival This is where you come to enter the world of high vibrations. The High Vibe Festival is June 5 in Stinson Park. Featuring yoga plus movement classes, conscious good live music, the best plant-based food in NE, and stellar community. Get your high vibe on and let’s have some fun!

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69• authentic cajun experience the acadian grille Enjoy Bayou classics, burgers and other house specialties from our open kitchen. You will find no heat lamps or microwaves in use at the Acadian Grille, just food created from scratch, salad dressings, sauces and in house seasonings. Visit our casual restaurant and taste what all the excitement is about. Laissez le bon temps rouler!

the acadian grille 725 n 114th st., omaha, ne 68154 402.933.0980 | acadiangrille.com

70 • turn your passion into action • share omaha

SHARE Omaha connects you to ways to do good in the Omaha metro. At SHAREomaha.org, explore the donation and volunteer needs of 330+ local nonprofits. You can sort opportunities to serve by who they help, your skills and more to find the perfect match. See wish lists to buy the items organizations need most and you’ll know exactly where your money is going. Together, we can reinvent what it means to give.

share omaha www.sharEomaha.org | 402.502.0360

71• the beat goes on american heart association The American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke for nearly 100 years. Heart disease ranks as the number one killer worldwide and stroke ranks second, but even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. The organization’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives through its support of awareness, research, education and legislation. american heart association 9900 nicholas st., ste. 200, omaha, ne 68114 402.810.6870 | heart.org/omaha shopping • dining • attractions

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72• mobilizing help american red cross The American Red Cross’s mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross provides relief following a disaster, trains people in lifesaving skills so neighbors are ready to respond in emergency situations, and ensures that our military personnel have a means of communication with loved ones should an emergency arise. american red cross 2912 s 80th ave., omaha, ne 68124 402.343.7700 | redcross.org

73 • giving children a voice casa for douglas county CASA for Douglas County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children who fall under the jurisdiction of the Douglas County Juvenile Court and the foster care system. Trained citizen volunteers provide an individualized voice and advocate for interventions and services that will support well-being, safety and permanency for our children, and help to expedite the finding of “forever families” so children are not lingering in foster care unnecessarily. casa for douglas county 2412 st. mary’s ave., omaha, ne 68105 402.932.5683 | casaomaha.org

74 • providing a safe haven child saving institute For more than 125 years, Child Saving Institute has provided a safe haven and healing for thousands of young victims of family crisis and abuse. The agency is tireless in its work for the prevention, intervention and healing of abuse, neglect and abandonment. CSI also recruits foster and adoptive families for children and teens, runs two state-of-the-art early childhood education facilities and two childcare centers, and offers parenting classes and workshops. child saving institute 4545 dodge st., omaha, ne 68132 402.553.6000 | childsaving.org 37

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75• creating community for kids completely Kids Completely KIDS’ mission is to empower kids and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and overcome barriers to success. The organization annually serves more than 2,000 Omaha-area kids and their families by providing a safe, academically supportive and enriching environment at multiple locations before and after school; and expanded services to families including literacy and educational support, mental health services and referrals to other agencies. completely Kids 2566 st. mary’s ave., omaha, ne 68105 402.397.5809 | completelykids.org

76• a voice for hope and healing the kim foundation The Kim Foundation’s mission is to serve as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide. The organization strives to bridge the gaps in mental health services and encourages innovation to enhance programs, expand services, strengthen organizational systems and transform lives. Promoting awareness and education breaks down stigmas and assures those touched by mental illness and/or suicide they are not alone in their journey to recovery. the kim foundation 13609 california st., omaha, ne 68116 402.891.6911 | thekimfoundation.org

77• rescue. rehabilitate. release. nebraska wildlife rehab, inc. Nebraska Wildlife Rehab has a two-fold mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and release native and migratory wild animals back into the wild; and to educate people on how to live in harmony with wildlife and inspire them to take action to protect it. Each year NWRI receives more than 6,000 wild animals needing skilled medical and rehabilitative care and returns them to the wild, and handles more than 10,000 inquiries from the public.

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78• ensuring every child succeeds omaha public schools foundation Omaha Public Schools Foundation supports the mission of the Omaha Public Schools by raising funds that encourage innovative educational projects, development and opportunities. The funds have zero associated fees so that every single dollar goes directly to the teachers and students the foundation serves. Together with its partners and funders, the foundation helps to level the playing field and ensure that every child in the OPS district succeeds. omaha public schools foundation 3861 farnam st., omaha, ne 68131 531.299.0250 | opsfpossible.org

79• home solutions for seniors project houseworks Project Houseworks delivers free, professional home repairs and home modifications, providing low-income senior homeowners solutions that allow them to stay safely housed in healthy environments. Its programs include providing critical plumbing and electrical repairs, roof replacement and other renovations requiring immediate attention; home modifications to increase independence, safety and security; electrical repairs and assessments; and furnace safety checks. project houseworks 2316 s 24th st., omaha, ne 68108 402.965.9201 | projecthouseworks.org

80• sanctuary for cold noses promise 4 paws Promise 4 Paws is a senior dog sanctuary with a mission to provide a loving, home-like environment for the remainder of their lives. To keep the dogs’ lives as normal as possible, dogs are not kept in kennels but are free to roam the yard, nap on roomy and comfy dog beds, play with friends, chew on toys and be able to do everything a typical dog does at home.

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81• together freedom rejuvenating women Rejuvenating Women provides hope and restoration to victims and survivors of human trafficking. Survivors are given shelter at our Restored Wings Home, anonymity, security and freedom. Rejuvenating Women partners with several agencies and organizations that support and help victims and survivors of human trafficking through community awareness efforts, identification of human trafficking; advocating for and providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services to victims, and ensuring the investigation and prosecution of traffickers.

Rejuvenating Women TOGETHER FREEDOM

rejuvenating women p.o. box 207, boys town, ne 68010 800.402.0601 | 402.915.1393 | rejuvenatingwomen.com

82• meeting the diverse needs salvation army The Salvation Army of Omaha is a faith-based nonprofit and part of an international movement. The organization helps those in need by providing food, housing, material assistance, youth development, older adult services, behavioral health, anti-human trafficking, emergency disaster services and more. Three community centers—Omaha Citadel Corps, Omaha North Corps and the Omaha Kroc Center—and the Burrows Center and Renaissance Village help meet the diverse needs of metro-area neighborhoods. salvation army 10755 burt st., omaha, ne 68114 402.898.7700 | salarmyomaha.org

83• embracing the youth youth emergency services Youth Emergency Services serves homeless and near-homeless youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient. Programs include street outreach for youth in crisis and a Street Outreach Center, emergency shelter for youth needing an immediate short-term housing solution, a maternity home for pregnant and/or parenting teen mothers, long-term transitional living programs with case manager support, and mentoring for youth in the maternity home and transitional living programs. youth emergency services 2679 farnam st., ste. 205, omaha, ne 68131 402.345.5187 | yesomaha.org shopping • dining • attractions

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Father Flanagan established Boys Town a century ago as an orphanage, and it now gives at-risk children and families the love, support and education they need to succeed. Boys Town serves more than two million individuals a year through 11 sites around the country, a national hotline, publications and online resources, and a national research hospital.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne is not only a native son, he also filmed scenes for five of his movies in and around Omaha: Citizen Ruth, Election, About Schmidt and most recently Downsizing. Nebraska was shot elsewhere in the state, but like his other area shoots it provided rare and welcome movie work to local professionals from audio engineers to stylists.

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The Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens marks the location of the house near Hanscom Park where the former president—born Leslie Lynch King Jr.—lived for few weeks after his 1913 birth. The Victorian mansion owned by Ford’s paternal grandparents was razed after a 1971 fire. Dedicated in 1977, the site now includes a portico, pagoda, rose garden, and the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center.

Oscar winners Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda both had ties to Omaha—and to each other’s families. Brando was born here in 1924 and Fonda’s family moved to Omaha in 1906. Dorothy Brando acted in early Omaha Community Playhouse productions when her son was still an infant and encouraged a young Henry Fonda to audition for his first play during the 1925-26 Playhouse season.

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Omaha’s own Reuben Kulakofsky was the inventor of the sandwich. The story goes that a regular poker game at the Blackstone Hotel included grocer Kulakofsky and the hotel’s owner, who eventually put Kulakofsky’s delicious sandwich on the Blackstone menu. A former employee of the hotel won a national recipe contest with the Reuben in 1956, and the sandwich has been nationally popular since.

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Offutt Air Force Base served as the headquarters for the former Strategic Air Command (SAC) for more than 40 years, from 1948 to 1992. Operations moved in 1957 to an underground bunker with 24-inch-thick walls and base floor, 10-inch-thick intermediate floors, and roof that ranged in thickness from 24 to 42 inches. It also contained a war room with the capacity to fully sustain up to 800 people underground for two weeks. 41


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Memorial Park, which covers 67 acres near 60th Street and Underwood Avenue north of the UNO campus, was created as a memorial to honor servicemen and servicewomen from the area. President Harry S. Truman dedicated the site in 1948. Today the park is also known for its rosebushes, flag-lined drive, winter sledding, casual warm-weather recreation activities, and annual summer concert and fireworks show.

Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, began his broadcasting career in 1950 as a host and announcer for WOW radio and television in Omaha. It was an Omaha woman who introduced Carson to an executive in the southern California television market who also happened to be her brother. That connection led to Carson’s departure for Los Angeles, and the rest is television history.

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The George and Sarah Joslyn mansion is officially named Lynhurst, but locals know it as Joslyn Castle because of its distinctive architecture. Located at 39th and Davenport Streets, the structure was built in 1903 to reflect the couple’s affluence. The Castle was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and designated an Omaha landmark in 1979.

Since 1950, Omaha has played host to the College World Series, the culmination of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship series. For the first 60 years, games took place at Rosenblatt Stadium. Since it opened in 2011 the CWS home field has been TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, where it will remain through 2035.

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Florence Mill is a historic mill built in 1846 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Weber Mill in 1998. It is the only surviving structure to have been built by the Mormons who occupied an encampment called Winter Quarters in what is now the Florence community. Today the facility serves as the Winter Quarters Mill Museum and ArtLoft Gallery.

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kingdom

Fort Omaha now serves as the North Omaha campus of Metropolitan Community College, but its diverse history dates back to 1868 and many of its buildings appear much the way they did in the 19th century. The authentically restored home of General George Crook, now on the National Register of Historic Places, features furnishings and decor from the 1880s.

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omaha network of paved trails

bob kerrey pedestrian bridge

120-plus miles of fully paved trails run throughout the city. They include the Riverfront and Missouri River Trails along the river, the Keystone Trail intersecting some of the busiest areas of the city (and going under the road in some places), and the West Papio North and South trails touching adjoining cities and a nice cross-section of the community: residential areas, public parks, and commercial developments.

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge crosses the Missouri River between Omaha and Council Bluffs. The curved bridge opened in 2008, and its path spans 3,000 feet with Big Muddy only 60 feet below. A line marks the division between Nebraska and Iowa so visitors can stand with one foot in each state.

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st. cecilia cathedral

dream

do space

Saint Cecilia Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha. The masterwork of architect Thomas Rogers Kimball was the tenth largest cathedral in the U.S. upon its 1959 construction and its location on one of the highest points of the city (at 40th and Webster) make its twin towers visible for miles.

It’s evident from the point of entrance—and from the street, really—that there’s nothing quite like Do Space anywhere else in Omaha or anywhere, period. Do Space is a community tech library and an innovation space for the public developed to be a technology equalizer, enabler, educator and innovator, and membership is open to all.

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ocean masters

uss omaha

uss hazard & uss marlin

USS Omaha was officially commissioned in San Diego in February. The Omaha (LCS12) is the Navy’s newest littoral combat ship, a 420-foot, 2,300-ton vessel with operational flexibility and advanced technology that give it a distinctive, futuristic look. The crew will be connected to Omaha and its citizens year-round through ship’s sponsor Susie Buffett, whose role includes advocating for the vessel’s continued service and well-being.

USS Hazard was an Admirable-class minesweeper that served in the Navy during World War II. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark, the only Admirable-class minesweeper still in existence. The USS Marlin was a T-1-class training submarine for the U.S. Navy. Hazard and Marlin now serve as museum ships and are on display at Freedom Park. 43

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