Best of Omaha 2018 • Festival Sponsors
M AHA M AGAZINE ’S BEST of Omaha contest has been in existence longer than most college kids have been alive (yes, even those fifth-year students). Twenty-six years ago, the Omaha Magazine staff created a contest as a fun service to the community. It remains a community service to this day, and is now synonymous with high standards.
Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha contest boasts 25,000 individual ballots annually with 300-plus different voting categories and more than 900 businesses nominated each year. That’s a total of over 637,400 votes. Voting is completely voluntary, and voters receive no monetary or physical incentives to vote. So why vote? Because you know Omaha, and you know the best.
The black-and-gold logo for Best of Omaha is iconic. When you notice this logo around town, we hope it offers assurance that the business or service-provider has the vetted support of the community.
Although we continue to expand and modify categories to make our contest more useful to the general public, less than 3 percent of Omaha-area businesses win a Best of Omaha award.
Businesses proudly hang the Best of Omaha logo and strive to maintain their status as the best of their kind in Omaha. This Best of Omaha issue provides a directory for those new to Omaha, as well as a resource for longtime locals to find the best of the best in the city.
Like the local businesses you love, our voting system is fair, convenient, and free from manipulation. It is strictly those businesses that you consider to be the best.
Being the best often means providing the best service, and most of our winners do just that. In fact, many of them even strive to provide great service in this book. Throughout the listings, you will find several that contain two additional lines of text that have been purchased by the winner. This is most often a website and phone number, but may also be a business address or number of locations. These businesses are doing this so customers current and prospective can find them easier. With our Best of Omaha contest, we are happy to give you the opportunity to give something back to the businesses that you frequent and love.
While out and about in the community, why not take the results book with you and use it as a guide to direct you toward old favorites you may not always think about, and new places you have not yet tried. If it is in the book, it is sure to be a place people consider the best.
The 4-H youth development program of Douglas and Sarpy counties is delighted to be a part of Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha Festival for 2018. Since 4‑H began more than 100 years ago, it has become the nation’s largest youth development organization. The 4‑H idea is simple: help young people and their families gain the skills needed to be proactive forces in their communities and develop ideas for a more innovative economy. 4-H of Douglas and Sarpy counties extends a hearty congratulation to this year’s winners. We look forward to working with the Best of Omaha Festival as we join together to work towards making Omaha a great place to live, learn, and grow! THERESE L AUX 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator Douglas-Sarpy Counties
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2018 Best of Omaha Results Issue