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Apartments & Condos Midtown Crossing Turner Park

Share some history about your company. Detail how your business has evolved and grown over the years. IDTOWN CROSSING IS URBAN living redefined, the fastest-selling condominium community in Omaha history, and one of ten projects around the world praised for embodying “the synergy of public/private partnerships” (Urban Land Magazine, 2010). Spanning 15.5 acres in the heart of historic Midtown Omaha, Midtown Crossing boasts 225,000-square-feet of unsurpassed dining, diversion, and retail as well as nearly 500 condominium and apartment units, ample parking, and green space. Exactly five years after announcing the feasibility study that lead to Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, the community gathered in Turner Park in May 2010 to officially cut the ribbon on Omaha’s most exciting development.


List the products or services your company provides. Detail any areas of specialization. IDTOWN CROSSING IS YOUR one-stop shopping and dining district—one of Omaha’s most sought after destination with a vibrant mix of distinctive shops, exclusive four-star restaurants, a five-screen cinema with in-seat dining, multi-level fitness center, LEED-certified boutique hotel, and urban grocer.


What makes your company environmentally friendly, or “green”? IDTOWN CROSSING WAS ONE of the first projects in the nation to be nominated for prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification under the US Green Building Council’s pilot Neighborhood Development Certification program. It’s the only project selected to participate in Nebraska or Iowa. LEED for Neighborhood Development recognizes projects that protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in their communities through: smart location and transportation linkage, environmental preservation, compact, complete and connected neighborhoods, and high-performance, green construction and technology.


How do you go above and beyond for the community?


IDTOWN CROSSING AT TURNER Park gives back to the commu-

nity everyday, whether it’s through a special community event like Jazz on the Green or Celebration of our American Spirit concert, the Outdoor Market, or just simply revitalizing a part of Midtown that was once forgotten and encouraging others to follow in our footsteps. Bettering our community through a world-class experience is Midtown Crossing’s goal.


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maha Magazine’s Best of Omaha® Contest Celebrates 20 Years! Since 1992, Omahans have been voting for their favorite pizza joint, hair salon, home remodeler, auto body shop, and dozens of other businesses in the pure, popular voting contest that is Best of Omaha®. This year, our 20th anniversary,just over 20,000 voters cast more than 424,000 votes in our annual contest — an all-time record! Best of Omaha® is audited by the accounting firm Goracke & Associates, and media partners Action 3 News and Valpak helped promote the contest. Their support not only expands our audience, but also lends credibility and enhances community involvement in Best of Omaha®. Each year, categories receiving few votes are dropped while new categories are added based on voter input and business demand. The Best

of Omaha® contest is always evolving and expanding, just as the successful businesses that participate are. In this way, the results are always fresh and totally reflective of the current Omaha market. We congratulate the businesses who received the top votes, and are honored that so many winners proudly feature the Best of Omaha® Winner’s Circle logo in their storefronts, on their marketing materials and advertising, and even on employee badges and buttons! We encourage you, our readers, to continue supporting your favorite Omaha businesses, and to personally congratulate them on their Best of Omaha® status—they earned it! Now, for the long-awaited 2012 Winner’s Circle list...

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Thank You Omaha For Voting Us

Best New Car Dealer!

Voted Best New Car Dealer 6 Years in a Row! Performance Chrysler Jeep Dodge Smart 7010 S. 124th Circle La Vista, NE 68128 (402) 339-3131

Locally Owned and Operated For Over 50 Years

Performance Toyota of La Vista 7204 S. 124th Circle La Vista, NE 68128 (402) 731-2000

Performance Volkswagen 7108 S. 124th Circle La Vista, NE 68128 (402) 991-0500

Best of Omaha ... with the votes to prove it

Congratulations to all of the Midtown Crossing restaurants and retailers who earned a spot in oMaha Magazine’s Best Of Omaha 2012 winner’s CirCle! the best condos and apartments in omaha. two of the city’s best new restaurants: Crave and the grey plume. one convenient location. so much exceptional. Best CondoMiniuMs & Best apartMents:

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Best of Omaha ® 2012 Winner’s Index Dining

Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine________B16 Amsterdam Falafel Kabob_______B16 Bagel Bin_ ___________________ B6 Bailey’s______________________ B9 Blanc Burgers + Bottles_ _______B13 Blue Planet Natural Grill________B16 Blue Sushi Sake Grill__________ B24 Bonefish Grill_____________ B6, B23 Boyd & Charlie’s_______________ B9 Bread Oven French Bakery______ B6 Bronco’s_____________________B13 Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse & Winery__________B19 Bruegger’s Bagels_____________ B6 Buffalo Wild Wings®_ _________B15 Burger Star®_________________B13 The Cake Gallery_ _____________B10 Carrabba’s Italian Grill_ ________B16 Charleston’s Restaurant_______ B21 Charlie’s on the Lake__________ B23 China Buffet__________________ B9 Choo Choo Bar & Grill_ _________B15 Crave________________________B16 Cupcake Island________________B10 Dante Pizzeria Napoletana______ B9 Dario’s Brasserie______________B13 Délice European Bakery & Cafe__B10 Dinker’s Bar & Grill_ ___________B15 Doc & Eddie’s BBQ_____________ B9 The Drover_ _________________ B23 España_ _____________________ B6 Famous Dave’s________________ B9 Fernando’s Cafe & Cantina__ B9, B16 Feta’s Gyros & Catering_ _______B13 Five Guys Burgers & Fries_______B13 The French Café_______________B13 Gandolfo’s New York Deli_ _____ B21 Godfather’s Pizza______________B19 Greek Islands Restaurant_______B13 The Grey Plume_ ______________B16 Hector’s_ ________________ B9, B16 Hiro Sushi___________________ B24 HuHot Mongolian Grill__________ B9 Indian Oven_ _________________B16 Ingredient___________________ B21 J.C. Mandarin_________________B10 Jack & Mary’s_ _______________B13 The Jaipur Brewing Company____B16 Jams Bar & Grill______________ B21 Jason’s Deli_ ________________ B21 Jerico’s______________________B19 Jimmy’s Egg__________________ B9 Johnny’s Cafe _______________ B23 Jones Bros. Cupcakes__________B10 Katie’s Greek _________________B13 Kobe Steakhouse of Japan______B16 Kona Grill®_______________ B6, B24 La Casa Pizzaria_______________B19 La Mesa Mexican Restaurant____B16 Le Peep______________________ B9 Le Voltaire_ __________________B13 Lo Sole Mio______________ B16, B19 Mahogany® Prime Steakhouse_________________ B23 Mai Thai_ ___________________ B24 Malara’s Italian Restaurant_ ____B16 McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe_ __B16 Mediterranean Bistro__________B16 Millard Roadhouse_____________B10 Mother India__________________B16 Nicola’s______________________B19 Nothing Bundt Cakes___________B10 Okinawa Sushi________________B16 Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille_ ___B15 Panera Bread_________________ B6 Paradise Bakery & Café©_______ B9 Pasta Amore__________________B19 PepperJax Grill______________ B21 Pettit’s Pastry_ _______________ B6 PF Chang’s China Bistro_ _______B10 Piccolo Pete’s Restaurant_______B19 Pitch Pizzeria_________________ B9 Qdoba Mexican Grill_ __________ B9 Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies__B15 Red Robin____________________B10 Restaurant & Taverna_____________ Richie’s Chicken & Hamburger___B13 Rotella’s Italian Bakery, Inc._____ B6 Runza® Restaurants______ B13, B15 Sakura Bana__________________B16 Shucks Fish House & Oyster Bar_B23 Silk Road_____________________B10 Stella’s Bar & Grill_____________B15 Taxi’s Grille & Bar_ ___________ B24 Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream________B15 Thai Pepper_ ________________ B24 Thai Spice___________________ B24 Time Out Foods_______________B13 Upstream Brewing Company_B9, B24 Valentino’s_______________ B9, B10 WheatFields Eatery & Bakery______ B9, B10, B24 Zesto’s_ _____________________B15 Zin Room_____________________B16 Zio’s Pizzeria_ ________________B19 Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano__________ B9


The Amazing Pizza Machine____ B27 Anthony Steakhouse & Ozone Lounge_____________ B30 Beertopia ___________________ B26

Big Brain____________________ B37 Black Squirrel Tattoo__________ B37 Blue Sushi Sake Grill__________ B29 Brewsky’s Food & Spirits_ _____ B35 Brix________________________ B37 Caffeine Dreams_ ____________ B26 Cantina Laredo Gourmet Mexican Food Restaurant_____________ B31 Carol Joy Holling Conference & Retreat Center______________ B29 Champions Run______________ B26 Charlie’s on the Lake______ B23, B31 Cigarros_ ___________________ B26 Corkscrew Wine & Cheese_____ B37 Crane Coffee_ _______________ B26 Crave_______________________ B29 Creighton BlueJays___________ B33 Crescent Moon_______________ B26 Dave and Buster’s®_ _________ B26 Dundee Dell_ ________________ B31 Eagle Hills Golf Course_ _______ B33 The Flatiron Cafe_____________ B33 Happy Hollow Club____________ B26 Havana Garage_______________ B26 Hector’s_ ___________________ B31 Henry Doorly Zoo_____________ B27 Holiday Lounge______________ B26 Holland Performing Arts Center_ B30 Homy Inn____________________ B31 IceHouse Sports Bar__________ B35 The Interlude Lounge_ ________ B26 Jake’s Cigars & Spirits_ _______ B26 Jewish Community Center of Omaha____________ B29 Juice Stop__________________ B35 Kingswood Athletic Association_B37 Kona Grill®__________________ B29 Lazlo’s Brewery and Grill_ _____ B30 Liquid Courage_______________ B37 LIV Lounge__________________ B26 MAHA Music Festival_________ B27 Maria’s Mexican Restaurant_ __ B31 Marks Bistro________________ B33 Millard Athletic Association____ B37 Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis_ ___ B33 Myth_______________________ B31 Nebraska Brewing Co._________ B30 Nebraska Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals______________ B33 Nicola’s_____________________ B33 Oak Hills Country Club_________ B26 Old Chicago_ ________________ B26 Omaha Nighthawks___________ B33 Omaha Storm Chasers_________ B33 Pump It Up_ _________________ B26 Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies______ B27, B35 ReRuns R Fun________________ B33 Scooter’s Coffeehouse________ B26 Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment_______ B27, B30 SkateDaze_ _____________ B26, B30 Slowdown___________________ B30 Spezia______________________ B33 St. Stanislaus Polish Festival___ B27 Stone Creek Golf Course_______ B33 Sullivan’s Steakhouse_________ B31 Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure____________ B33 Tanner’s Bar & Grill___________ B31 Taste of Omaha_ _____________ B27 TCBY_______________________ B27 Tropical Smoothie Cafe________ B35 Upstream Brewing Company_ ______ B30, B33 Urban Wine Company_ ________ B37 V. Mertz_ ___________________ B33 Varsity Sports Café and Roman Coin Pizza_ _______ B35 YMCA_ _________________ B29, B37 YoZone Frozen Yogurt_________ B27 Zzzap! Laser Adventures_ _____ B30

HEALTH & BEAUTY Alegent - Immanuel___________ B47 American Nails & Spa_________ B42 Ashley Lynn’s Tanning_________ B47 Aspen Athletic Clubs__________ B49 BeautyFirst_________________ B38 Black Clover Fitness_ _________ B44 Blue Moon Fitness____________ B41 Body Basics Fitness Equipment_ B41 Brookestone Meadows________ B47 Christi Clark - Hair Colorist_____ B41 Christopher A. Stanosheck, D.D.S, P.C.__________________ B38 Classic Dentistry, P.C., Joseph L. Skradski, D.D.S_____________ B41 Community Rehab Physical Therapy____________ B47 Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa_ _______________ B42 The Dentists at Hillsborough_ __ B41 Dermatology Specialists of Omaha______________________ B41 Dr. David Finkle, M.D._ ________ B38 Dr. Steven Wegner____________ B38 Elsasser Chiropractic_ ________ B38 Endless Possibilities Training Systems____________ B44 Excel Physical Therapy________ B47 Faces_______________________ B38 Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping_ B49 Garbo’s Salons and Spa________ B42

Gloss Salon & Day Spa_ _______ B38 Greg Samuelson, D.D.S________ B44 Huerter Orthodontics_ ________ B44 Igel Orthodontics_____________ B44 Jay Samuelson D.D.S._________ B38 Jenny Craig_ ________________ B49 Joel Schlessinger, M.D. / Skin Specialists, P.C._____ B38, B41 John Edney, M.D., Aesthetic Surgical Images______________ B38 Koca Chiropractic Clinic_______ B38 Kosama_____________________ B49 Lance Freeman/Urbane Salon & Day Spa_____________ B41 Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More_ __ B47 Life Time Fitness_____________ B41 LovelySkin Spa/ LovelySkin Spa Express_ _____ B38 Makovicka Physical Therapy_ __ B47 Martini Nails & Spa___________ B42 Mattie Krihal, Gloss Salon & Day Spa_____________ B41 Metabolic Research Center_ ___ B49 Mid-America Martial Arts_ ____ B42 Midwest Dermatology Clinic, P.C.__________________ B41 Midwest Eye Care, P.C.________ B42 Millard Family Eyecare_ _______ B42 Mohegan Nail Spa____________ B42 Nova Fitness Equipment_______ B41 Omaha Primary EyeCare_______ B42 One Drake Place Salon & Spa___ B42 One Pilates__________________ B47 Paradise Bay_ _______________ B47 Pearson Chiropractic_ ________ B38 Peel’s-SalonCentric_ _________ B38 Pilates Center of Omaha_______ B47 Prairie Life Fitness___________ B41 Priority 1 Fitness_____________ B41 Sally Beauty Supply___________ B38 San-Mai Martial Arts_ ________ B42 tanworld____________________ B47 Tiger Rock Martial Arts________ B42 Today’s Dental_______________ B41 Urban Active Fitness__________ B44 Weight Watchers_____________ B49


A-1 United Heating & Air_______ B57 Aesthetic Concrete Design_____ B53 Aksarben ARS Heating AC & Plumbing___________________ B57 Al Belt Custom Homes_________ B50 The American Fence Company__ B53 AmeriSpec Inspection Services_ B58 Apex Cabinets_ ______________ B50 The Biltmore Apartments______ B50 Brau Builders, Inc.____________ B57 Budget Blinds________________ B66 Burton Plumbing_ ____________ B65 Carson Enterprises_ __________ B63 Classic Pool & Spa____________ B65 Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces____________ B50, B61 Continental Pool & Spa________ B65 Cornerstone Remodeling, Inc._ _ B58 Curt Hofer Construction_ ______ B50 The Designers_ ______________ B61 Diamond Vogel Paint and Decorating Center___________ B66 Echo Lighting Design Gallery_ __ B65 Elkhorn Glass________________ B65 Eurowood Cabinets, Inc._______ B50 Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery_ __________ B61 Garage Floor Coatings of Nebraska/ Schroder Concrete_ ______ B53, B54 Gerst Painting, Inc._ __________ B65 Granite Transformations for Kitchens & Baths________ B50, B61 The Grout Doctor_____________ B54 The Grout Medic_ ____________ B54 Handyman Joes______________ B54 Harrison Hills Apartments_ ____ B50 Heartland Lawns_____________ B63 Heavican Homes, Inc._ ________ B57 Home Buyers Protection Company_ ________ B58 House of J Home Décor & Gifts_ B57 In the Garage_ _______________ B54 The Interior Design Firm_______ B61 Interiors By Joan_____________ B61 jLofts on the Market_ _________ B50 Kelly’s Carpet Omaha_ ________ B53 Kitchens & Baths by Briggs_ ___ B61 Kitchens By Design___________ B61 Lifetime Stone Restoration_____ B54 The Light Palace_ ____________ B65 Lighting World, Inc.___________ B65 The Maids®_________________ B58 Maids & More________________ B58 Maxim Cleaning & Restoration, Inc.___________ B50 Midtown Crossing____________ B50 Millard Sprinkler, Inc._ ________ B61 Molly Maid of Central Omaha/CB_B 58 Moore’s Concrete Constr., Inc.__ B53 Mr. Handyman_ ______________ B54 Mr. Sparky_ _________________ B53 Mulhall’s Landscaping, Nursery, and Garden Center___________ B63 Nature’s Helper, Inc.__________ B61 Nebraska Furniture Mart_ _ B53, B57 Norm’s Door Service__________ B53

Odermatt Floor Covering, Inc.___ B53 Omaha Door & Window____ B53, B66 Omaha Electric_______________ B53 Omaha Epoxy Garage__________ B54 Overhead Door_______________ B53 Pearson & Company_ _________ B57 Pella Windows & Doors________ B66 A Perfect Touch Painting_ _____ B65 Pinky’s Carpet & Duct Cleaning_ B50 Pohlad Custom Homes, Inc._ ___ B50 Precision Handyman__________ B54 Premier Countertops__________ B50 Quality Fence________________ B53 Quality Glass and Mirror_______ B65 Quality Irrigation_____________ B61 R.D. Schuller Construction_____ B58 Rainbow Glass & Supply_______ B65 Regency Homes______________ B57 Renewal by Andersen_________ B66 Riverfront Place______________ B50 Robert’s Nursery_____________ B63 S&W Fence_ ________________ B53 ServiceOne__________ B53, B58, B65 The Sound Environment_ ______ B57 Steamatic___________________ B50 Stereo West_________________ B57 Superior Spa & Pool___________ B65 T. Hurt Construction, Inc._ _____ B58 Thermal Services_____________ B57 Tritz Plumbing, Inc._ __________ B65 TruGreen____________________ B63 Turf Care____________________ B63 Walls 2 Floors, Inc.___________ B65 Ward’s Kitchen_ _____________ B61 A Well-Dressed Window_______ B66 Z Gallerie_ __________________ B57

RETaIL Allens Home_________________ B69 Anderson O’Brien Fine Art_ ____ B68 Back in the Day______________ B68 Bag ‘N Save_ ________________ B69 Baker’s_____________________ B69 Basic Tease_ ________________ B71 beyourself_ _________________ B75 Bigwheels 2 Butterflies________ B69 Borsheims_ _________________ B71 Brass Armadillo______________ B68 Brix____________________ B68, B75 Brodkey’s___________________ B71 Builders Supply Company______ B69 Dundee Gallery______________ B68 Esther’s____________________ B69 Ethan Allen__________________ B69 Goodwill____________________ B75 Hand Me-Ups Thrift /Furniture__ B75 Hy-Vee_ ________B68, B69, B72, B75 Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique_____ B75 Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare__ B72 Kum & Go_ __________________ B69 Kwik Shop___________________ B69 Lewis Art Gallery_____________ B68 Lindley Clothing______________ B71 Long Dog Fat Cat_ ____________ B72 Lowe’s©____________________ B69 Malashocks Jewelry__________ B71 Mid-City Jewelry & Loan_ _____ B72 Millard Lumber_______________ B69 Nebraska Furniture Mart_ _____ B69 Nouvelle Eve_ ___________ B71, B75 P.J.’s Jewelry & Loan, Inc._ ____ B72 Parsow’s Clothing & Sportswear_______________ B71 Pets-R-Us___________________ B72 Piccolo’s Florist & Gifts________ B69 The Post & Nickel____________ B71 QuikTrip____________________ B69 Salvation Army_______________ B75 Scout Dry Goods & Trade_ _____ B69 Second Chance Antiques_ _____ B68 Sol’s Jewelry & Loan__________ B72 Soma Intimates_ _____________ B71 Spirit World_ ____________ B68, B75 Stems at Countryside_ ________ B69 Taylor’s Flower Shop__________ B69 Three Dog Bakery_ ___________ B72 Walgreens_ _________________ B72

SERVICES A A A Travel__________________ Alegent_____________________ American Animal Hospital_ ____ Attitude on Food_ ____________ Bank of the West_____________ Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare_________ Best Care Pet Hospital_ _______ Best Care Pet Hospital West____ Best In Show Pet Salon________ Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska_ __________________ Camp Bow Wow______________ Carson Wealth Management Group__________ Catering Creations____________ Centris Federal Credit Union____ CenturyLink_ ________________ Comfort Keepers_ ____________ Computers To Go_ ____________ Cottonwood Pet Resort________ Cox Communications__________ DC Centre___________________ DIT Computers_______________

B84 B78 B87 B76 B76 B82 B87 B87 B82 B78 B82 B78 B76 B76 B78 B78 B76 B82 B78 B82 B76

DiVentures__________________ B84 Dogtopia of Omaha_ __________ B82 Eden Tree Pros_______________ B87 Elk Ridge Village Active Retirement Community_ ______ B84 Elk Ridge Village Assisted Living______________ B76 Enfield’s Tree Service_________ B87 Fashion Cleaners_____________ B76 Feltz WealthPL AN____________ B78 First Mortgage Company_______ B81 First National Bank of Omaha__________ B76, B81 Flat Rate Movers_____________ B81 Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals_ B87 Georgetowne Club____________ B82 Great Western Bank_ _________ B76 Hap Abraham Catering_ _______ B76 Heafey Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory____ B78 Hillcrest Health Systems_______ B84 Home Instead Senior Care_ ____ B78 Husker Siding, Windows & Roofing__________ B82 Immanuel Village_____________ B76 Jim’s Moving and Delivery_ ____ B81 John A Gentleman____________ B78 Lakeside Village______________ B84 Lien Termite & Pest Control_ ___ B81 Magnolia Hotel Omaha_ _______ B82 Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd.________________ B78 Max I. Walker________________ B76 Metro Credit Union_ __________ B76 Nu Trend Dry Cleaners_ _______ B76 Orkin®_ ____________________ B81 Physicians Mutual____________ B78 Pyramid Roofing_____________ B82 Roeder Mortuary_____________ B78 SAC Federal Credit Union______ B76 Schrock Innovations__________ B76 Susie’s Professional Pet Grooming_______________ B82 Swimtastic Swim School_ _____ B84 TD Ameritrade_______________ B78 Terminix_ ___________________ B81 Terry Hughes Tree Service_____ B87 Thompson Roofing____________ B82 Travel and Transport__________ B84 Two Men and a Truck__________ B81 Union Pacific Railroad_________ B78 UnitedHealthcare_ ___________ B78 Vacation Superstore__________ B84 Visiting Nurse Association_____ B78 Wells Fargo_ ________________ B81 Westgate Assisted Living______ B76 Windstream_________________ B78 YMCA_ _____________________ B84

TRANSPORtATION A.C. Nelsen RV World_ ________ B95 Apache Camper Center________ B95 Atchley Ford_________________ B95 B Street Collision Center_______ B88 Beaver Lake Marina___________ B88 BMW Motorcycles of Omaha___ B92 CarMax_____________________ B95 Cornhusker Auto Wash________ B88 Dave’s Auto Body Co._ ________ B88 Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson_B92 Dingman’s Collision Center_____ B88 Exclusive Repair Specializing in Honda and Acura__________ B91 Fantasy’s, Inc._ ______________ B88 Galvin Glass_________________ B88 Grease Monkey_ _____________ B95 Holstein’s Harley Davidson_____ B92 House of Mufflers & Brakes_B 88, B91 Inphase Car Audio____________ B88 Jensen Tire & Auto_ __ B88, B91, B95 Leach Camper Sales_ _________ B95 Lexus___________________ B92, B95 Metro Glass_ ________________ B88 Midas_ _____________________ B91 Midwest Tire Co., Inc._________ B88 Nebraska Furniture Mart_ _____ B88 Omaha Marine Center_________ B88 Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Inc.____________ B92 Russell Speeder’s Car Wash____ B88 Safelite Autoglass____________ B88 Stereo West Auto Toys________ B88 Tuffy® Auto Service Centers___ B88 Valley Marine________________ B88 Valvoline Instant Oil Change____ B95 Walker Tire & Auto Service_B88, B91 Woodhouse Auto Family_______ B92

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Lou Rotella II, President/CEO

Rotella’s Italian Bakery, Inc.


complex specialty bakery, our emphasis is always placed on the needs of our customers. We really pride ourselves in the ability to produce specialty items. It is certainly a distinct privilege and honor to have the opportunity to work with some of the finest personnel in the restaurant and food industry. I would like to personally thank each and every one in this community for recognizing Rotella’s Italian Bakery Inc. as being the Best of Omaha.

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Bagel Bin


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Bread Oven French Bakery Family Owned & Operated Authentic Italian Cuisine Party Rooms Available Carry Out Available

Serving Lunch & Dinner

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5 Years In A Row

The Value of a Generational Business and Family Tradition Since 1921

Founder Alessandro Rotella holding Louis Jr. in front of their first bakery on 21st & Pierce St.

Having learned the art of baking at a very young age, Louis Rotella Jr. has been instrumental in expanding Rotella’s into the nationwide marketplace and is now the company President & CEO.

Louis & Helen Rotella Sr. with their children Maria and Louis Jr. in the early 1960’s.

Louis Rotella Jr. working in production at Rotella’s Bakery on 24th street in 1969.

Father & son in front of Rotella’s Bakery on 24th street in 1979.

Louis Rotella Jr. riding along with his father, Louis Sr. in the early 1950’s.

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As my father would proudly say, “We wish you the very best from the Rotella family”. President & CEO

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Thank you Omaha for voting Runza the #2 Best Hamburger! ®

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THANK YOU for your votes, Omaha. Food Network agreed, selecting our pizza the Best in Nebraska!

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22 Metro Locations Runza® is a registered trademark of Runza® National, Inc.

Barbecue Famous Dave’s Boyd & Charlie’s Doc & Eddie’s BBQ

Bowl of Soup Paradise Bakery & Café® WheatFields Eatery & Bakery Upstream Brewing Company 11&Jackson/171st&West Center

Breakfast Le Peep Jimmy’s Egg Bailey’s RED MANGO name, design and related marks are trade of Red Mango, Inc. © 2011 Red Mango, Inc. All rights reserved.

Brick Oven Pizza Pitch Pizzeria


Dante Pizzeria Napoletana Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano 402-884-9500

Buffet China Buffet Valentino’s HuHot Mongolian Grill

Burrito • Dundee • 402-590-coal

Hector’s Qdoba Mexican Grill Fernando’s Cafe & Cantina

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Cakes The Cake Gallery Jones Bros. Cupcakes Nothing Bundt Cakes Chinese Dining Silk Road


PF Chang’s China Bistro J.C. Mandarin

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Desserts WheatFields Eatery & Bakery

Délice European Bakery & Cafe Cupcake Island


Thank you Omaha for voting us Best Family Resturant!

"Serving T he Best Chicken In Town Since 1997"

13325 Millard Ave. • 402-891-9292 B10 

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Family Restaurant Valentino’s Millard Roadhouse


Red Robin

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Thank you for voting us Best Cabinetry!

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Everything we do is designed to provide you with the highest level of dental care

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French Dining The French Café Le Voltaire Dario’s Brasserie

French Fries Runza® Restaurants

“Runza. The Difference is Real”®

Omaha’s #1 Breakfast 4 years in a row!

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Bronco’s

Fried Chicken Jack & Mary’s Time Out Foods Richies Chicken & Hamburger 177th & Center • 934-9914 | 156th & Dodge • 408-1728 | 120th & Blondo • 991-8222 Drive-Thru Open (Center St. Only) • Open Daily 6:30am-2:00pm • Serving Breakfast & Lunch All Day!

Thanks to our customers for voting us the “Best Burger in Omaha” Gourmet Hamburger Five Guys Burgers & Fries Blanc Burgers + Bottles Burger Star® Greek Dining Greek Islands Restaurant Feta’s Gyros & Catering

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Katie’s Greek Restaurant & Taverna 402.558.5623

Stella’s Bar and Grill

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Thank You for Making Us Your #1 Steakhouse!

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Hot Wings Buffalo Wild Wings® Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille


Choo Choo Bar & Grill Ice Cream Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream 402-341-5827 Friend us on Facebook!

Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies 3 locations in Omaha


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Indian Dining The Jaipur Brewing Company Indian Oven Mother India Italian Dining Lo Sole Mio Malara’s Italian Restaurant Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Japanese Dining Kobe Steakhouse of Japan Sakura Bana Okinawa Sushi


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Mediterranean Dining Mediterranean Bistro Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine 402.341.9616

Amsterdam Falafel Kabob Mexican Dining La Mesa Mexican Restaurant

New Restaurant in 2011 Crave


The Grey Plume Zin Room


Organic Dining


McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe

Fernando’s Cafe & Cantina

Blue Planet Natural Grill The Grey Plume

Voted Omaha’s #1 pizza for several years by Omaha Magazine, The Reader, and Choice of Big O, Zio’s maintains a loyal following. Our customers love the choices at lunch, slices served hot in a fast and friendly manner! Zio’s Pizzeria

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LaVista 7926 S. 84th 331-3327

South Omaha 3110 L St. 731-2915

Downtown 514 N. 16th 342-7764

72nd & Maple 2906 N. 72nd St. 397-2845

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Feltz WealthPLAN Thank You Omaha Magazine Readers for voting us #1 Financial Planning Firm three years in a row!

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Godfather’s Pizza

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Cocktails • Wine • Beer • Private Parties

Brother Sebastian’s Steakhouse & Winery

2279 S 67th St. • Aksarben Village Omaha, NE 68106 • 402.884.5410

Piccolo Pete’s Restaurant

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Zurlo’s keeps customers coming back time after time by staying true to our philosophy of providing food made with fresh, quality ingredients, served in a friendly, comfortable, casual setting. Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano


Greek and American Cuisine Homemade Greek Pastries Takeout & Catering 119 S 40th St • Omaha, NE 68131 (40th & Dodge) 402-558-5623 Beer-Wine-Cocktails

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Jason’s Deli PepperJax Grill

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Gandolfo’s New York Deli

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Shucks Fish House & Oyster Bar Bonefish Grill Charlie’s on the Lake

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Earning Omaha’s trust for 40 years 132nd & Dodge 496-9383

89th & Maple 393-7888

84th & L 339-5577

It’s the world-famous cheeseburgers and the down-to-earth friendliness that continues to set Stella’s apart from a state full of burger joints. Stella’s

30th & Sprague 455-0135

27th & Leavenworth 346-1040

59th & Center 556-6708

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1102 S. 13th St. 402-342-2248

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Johnny’s Cafe Omaha’s Original Steakhouse Since 1922 The Drover


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Thank you Omaha for voting us number 1! Ashley Lynn’s Tanning remains number 1 because our customers appreciate the convenience and our knowledgeable staff. Your tans are good at all Ashley Lynn’s locations and we strive to educate every client on how to get the best tan possible! It’s our goal to make you look good and feel great! Tracie Cunningham – Ashley Lynn’s Tanning

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Charlie’s On The Lake


decals to let guests know on their way into the restaurant that we will not disappoint them! We have repeatedly won Best of Omaha® because we have a staff of 65 employees always doing everything they can to give guests the best we have-the best fish we can buy! the best beef we can buy! the best Martinis we can make! We are constantly striving to be #1 in Omaha, and after 16 years of hard work we are still at the top with some of the finest Omaha restaurants.

Beer Selection Old Chicago Crescent Moon

Huber - Haus, Max & Joe’s, Beertopia


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Child Party Provider Pump It Up

Cigar Bar Havana Garage


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Family Entertainment Henry Doorly Zoo The Amazing Pizza Machine Sempeck’s Bowling and Entertainment


Festival Taste of Omaha MAHA Music Festival St. Stanislaus Polish Festival

Frozen Yogurt Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies 3 locations in Omaha

TCBY YoZone Frozen Yogurt

Being in business for 25 years, my main goal was to EXCEED customers expectations and treat all customers as they were my family. We have consistently done this as best we could. People notice that and see that when they come to Sempeck’s- you’re treated special—like family—not like another customer with money to spend. Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment – Elkhorn, NE

HAVANA GARAGE CIGAR LOUNGE Birthplace of the signature Havana Garage Cocktail. If James Joyce and Che Guevara fixed a drink for Ernest Hemingway, this would be it. 1008 Howard Street / The Old Market / Omaha /

Omaha marine Center Nebraska’s besT Full service boaT Dealer! Voted best of Omaha and One of the Top 100 Boat Dealers in the USA 7 years in a row!

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We’re Not Just About Fences.

CUPCAKE ISLAND 1314 S. 119th St • 402-334-6800


Thanks for Voting Us Best Fence and Railing Company

Affordable Elegance

15803 Pacific St. • Omaha, NE • 402-333-5722

11830 Stonegate Dr. Omaha, NE 68164 402-393-7431

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Blue Sushi Sake Grill Crave

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The Best of Omaha logo is prominently displayed on our entry doors, and next to it we show that Brewsky’s has won First Place in this category for five straight years. Brewsky’s uses the “Best of Omaha, First Place” logo in nearly all our print advertising as well as using it in radio.  I believe people have more confidence in a restaurant (especially if its their first time in, i.e. out-of-towners) when they can look and see Best of Omaha next to our name.  I know when I travel, I will either ask a lot of questions or look for similar-type promotion before I will try any eating establishment.  I’m a big fan of the Best of Omaha logo! Jim Mumgaard – Co-Owner Brewsky’s

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Upstream Brewing Company

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Professional Swim Lessons Warm, 90° Water Small Class Sizes

Professional Teachers Individual Attention

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We are honored that our customers know Red Mango’s proprietary, allnatural, non-fat yogurt is healthier and tastes better than any other yogurt on the market! Our fun self-serve concept allows them to create their own healthy frozen yogurt treat or enjoy one of our made-to-order, fresh fruit and yogurt smoothies or parfaits. Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies



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Open M-F 7am-7pm saturday 8am to nOOn

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Two Convenient Locations to Serve You! Free Vehicle Interior/Exterior Detail Coupon With Any Repair Thanks to all who voted One Pilates into the Winner's Circle!

With the most delectable contemporary american cuisine in the Old Market, V.Mertz has something for everyone.

You have made this a most memorable year for us!

5732 West Center Road • 402-871-8772

Thank You Omaha! $35, Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu, Tues. - Fri. Artisan Cheese • Award Winning Wine List Old Market Passageway • 1022 Howard St. Reservations Recommended Call 402.345.8980 Reservations Online executive chef Jon Seymour pastry chef Greg Pearsall certified sommelier David Eckler proprietor David Hayes general manager Matthew Brown


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We at Millard Family Eyecare pride ourselves on our thorough, up-to-date eyecare, quality products, and friendly service.

12660 Q Street • 402-896-3300 •

Non-Profit Event Susan G. Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure Nebraska Humane Society’s Walk for the Animals ReRuns R Fun Omaha Sports Team

Thank you for voting for us!

Omaha Storm Chasers


Creighton BlueJays Omaha Nighthawks Outdoor Dining Patio Marks Bistro Upstream Brewing Company 11&Jackson/171st&West Center



Public Golf Course Stone Creek Golf Course Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis Eagle Hills Golf Course Romantic Restaurant V. Mertz The Flatiron Cafe Spezia

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for Voting Us #1 Again This Year!

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Open for Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri 11AM-11PM Sat Open 3-12PM

Sunday Brunch from 10am-2pm Zurlo's Bistro Italiano offers food aficionados classic and innovative Italian cuisine...with specialties including brick oven pizzas and homemade desserts. The contemporary ambiance and friendly staff make this local restaurant a perfect place to bring a date or meet with friends for dinner. Live music on select evenings also adds to this Omaha treasure.

Dinner 3-9PM

Great Happy Hour 3-6:30pm (Drink & appetizer specials) We can Cater any event Large or Small Gift Cards available

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Smoothies Red Mango Yogurt & Smoothies


3 locations in Omaha

Juice Stop Tropical Smoothie Cafe

We found that not only did we get more interest in our company we had at least 10 customers that selected our service because we are in the BEST OF OMAHA!!! It has also impacted our employees – they take great pride in being among the best house cleaners in Omaha and they work hard to keep it. Molly Maid of Central Omaha/CB

Sports Bar Brewsky’s Food & Spirits 402-614-2739 (156th & Q St) 402-201-2739 (84th & Park Dr)


Thank You! For voting us the Best of Omaha Pam McCarthy, Judy Nowak and Cathy O’Donnell 7870 L St Thank You! Omaha, NE For voting us the 402-597-1800 Best of Omaha Pam McCarthy,800-642-2224 Judy Nowak and Cathy O’Donnell

Thank you for voTing us “BEST OF OMAHA” FOr FrENCH FrIES!

IceHouse Sports Bar Varsity Sports Café and Roman Coin Pizza

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Commercial • Residental/New Construction • Remodeling

Thank you Omaha for voting Five Guys the #1 Best Gourmet Burger!

Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha Your Omaha Painting & Flooring Specialists! 402-445-8814 • • 20515 Nicholas Circle Suite 3 • Elkhorn, NE 68022

Nebraska’s only licensed STOTT PILATES training center

Thank you Omaha for voting us

Thank you Omaha for voting Five Guys the #2 Best French Fries!

Best Pilates Studio! 11303 Wright Circle Omaha, NE 68114 1 block south of 114th and Center 402-932-7581

Three Area Locations 132nd & Dodge Papillion (71st & Giles) • 72nd & Dodge

Thank You Omaha! For voting Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille Best Hot Wings!

Come to West Omaha’s Home of Charbuff Wings!

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17330 Lakeside Hills Plaza Omaha, Nebraska

Tattoo Parlor Big Brain


Congratulations to color specialist/owner Lance Freeman for being voted Best Hair Colorist in Omaha!

Liquid Courage Black Squirrel Tattoo

1007 Farnam on The Mall Omaha, NE 68102 • 402.934.2909

Your business & your vote are appreciated!

I imagine that the voters selected Eurowood as their choice because we have been satisfying discriminating clients for over 25 years. The vast majority of our business comes from client referrals and repeat clientele, which I think speaks volumes about our level of customer satisfaction. Doug Paskach – Eurowood Cabinets

concept salon

Monday: 12-6pm, Tuesday-Friday 9-8pm and Saturday 9-5pm

Hair • Skin • Nails • Massage Intimate setting for small or large groups in our Day Spa

Where Craftsmanship is at its Finest! All types of Roofing, Guttering, Siding, & Windows Hail Damage Specialists Locally Owned & Operated Since 1993 Insurance Claims are Our Specialty

FREE ESTIMATES! 1504 S Saddle Creek Rd. Omaha NE 68106 (402) 502-9300

Wine Bar Brix Corkscrew Wine & Cheese Urban Wine Company Youth Athletic Organization YMCA Millard Athletic Association Kingswood Athletic Association

A Family Business Since 1975 402-397-8884 daycare•boarding•spa Dogtopia of Omaha 13239 Portal Drive Omaha, NE 68138 402-502-4797

Thank you Omaha for voting us best of Omaha for all you Pest control needs.

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2012 Health & beauty Joel Schlessinger MD, Skin Specialists, P.C. Board Certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon President,

Skin Specialists, LovelySkin Spa, LovelySkin Spa Express


our Best of Omaha® recognition in our ads, as this is something that sets us apart. We view it as a critical distinction between us and the competition and something we work for each year. Our customers and patients like the fact that they go to the best place for dermatology, cosmetic surgery, and now one of the best spas in town, LovelySkin Spa.

Beauty Supply Store BeautyFirst


Peel’s-SalonCentric Sally Beauty Supply Chiropractor Koca Chiropractic Clinic 402-496-4570

Elsasser Chiropractic Pearson Chiropractic

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Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steven Wegner

Cosmetic Surgeon Joel Schlessinger, M.D./Skin Specialists, P.C.



Jay Samuelson D.D.S.


Dr. David Finkle, M.D.

Christopher A. Stanosheck, D.D.S, P.C. 402.884.1607

John Edney, M.D., Aesthetic Surgical Images

Day Spa Faces Gloss Salon & Day Spa 402.502.1850

LovelySkin Spa/LovelySkin Spa Express 402-334-1226


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Dermatology Specialists of Omaha

L.A. Celebrity Colorist now the Best of Omaha.

Midwest Dermatology Clinic, P.C.

Family Dentist


Patients Appreciate the Wide Variety of Options.

The Dentists at Hillsborough 402.445.4647

Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha®!

Today’s Dental


Classic Dentistry, P.C., Joseph L. Skradski, D.D.S.

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Where good health and happiness start from within!

“30 Years Experience”


Fitness Club

Check out our website for special promotions! 11906 “I” Street • 402-333-0352 •

Prairie Life Fitness 3 locations in Omaha

Thank you Omaha

Life Time Fitness Blue Moon Fitness

Fitness Equipment Store

The Quintessential Day Spa at Countryside Village

Body Basics Fitness Equipment

Inquire about our spa packages 8715 Countryside Plz. • 402.384.8400

Rejuvinating Facials | Spa Manicures | Spa Pedicures | Therapeutic Massage | Steam Spa | Body Treatments

Priority 1 Fitness Nova Fitness Equipment

Hair Colorists Christi Clark - Hair Colorist Mattie Krihal Gloss Salon & Day Spa 402.502.1850

Lance Freeman/Urbane Salon & Day Spa

At Community Rehab, we have a unique ability to provide you with a rehabilitation program based on your specific needs.

CONVENIENCE. FLEXIBILITY. CONFIDENCE. In life, on the job, or in the game, Our goal is still the same.

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Hair Salon Creative Hair Design Salon & Spa Garbo’s Salons and Spa One Drake Place Salon & Spa

2 blocks south of 108th and Q St 402.502.1850

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Martial Arts San-Mai Martial Arts Tiger Rock Martial Arts Mid-America Martial Arts Nail Salon American Nails & Spa


Martini Nails & Spa

Smiles for life

4 years in a row!

102nd & Maple 402.493.5977

Orthodontics for Children, Teens & Adults Serving Omaha for 23 years

2 convenient office locations 10801 Pacific St., Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68154 (402) 330-1152

Mohegan Nail Spa

107 Highland St. Papillion, NE 68046 (402) 330-1152

Optical Shop Millard Family Eyecare


Omaha Primary EyeCare 402-330-3000

Midwest Eye Care, P.C. 402-552-2020


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Full Service Salon Our spa has a clean-air system for easy and healthy breathing.

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Visit us on the web for monthly specials and events!

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If you’ve tried other programs and found them lacking, we invite you to discover the integration of exercise science with mind-body techniques for whole body results.

Orthodontist Igel Orthodontics 402-330-1152

Greg Samuelson, D.D.S Huerter Orthodontics 402.397.4226

16939 Wright Plz., #129 402-502-9772 •

Thank You for Voting Us Best of Omaha!

I think we won because our patients recognize that we strive to treat every patient how WE would want to be treated, with kindness, respect and courtesy. A knowledgeable team, a gentle touch and smiling faces go a long way when making a dental visit more enjoyable. Jay Samuelson, DDS – Hillsborough Family Dentistry

Results Matter!

Thank You Omaha for Voting Us First Place, Three Years in a Row When Experience Counts... Care after total joint replacement Stroke recovery Strengthening after cancer treatment Care after surgery Recovery from a fall or extended illness

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Personal Training Facility Black Clover Fitness


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Endless Possibilities Training Systems Urban Active Fitness

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Thank You for Making Us One of Omaha’s Best 3 years in a Row! Rachel Skradski, CBS Home Realtor, after placement of cosmetic veneers. Photo by Kim Roudabush, Kim Photography. (402) 709-0970

12123 Pacific St. • 334-4422 • Extraordinary Care... Exceptional Results!

Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha!

Congratulations to Lakeside Village and Immanuel Village for being recognized Best of Omaha. Every Immanuel Community is unique—because every Immanuel resident brings something unique to the community. We tailor our independent and assisted living to your unique needs and lifestyle. Our communities offer restaurant-style dining, a holistic approach to wellness and truly exceptional service. Affiliated with the Nebraska Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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C. Stanosheck, D.D.S. Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry

Christopher A. Stanosheck, D.D.S., PC 6 Years in a Row! 9202 West Dodge St. • Omaha, NE 68114 (402) 884-1607

(formerly China Road) •New Owner •New Managment •Same Recipies

Thank you for voting Thank You Omaha for Voting Us #1 Chinese Dining

681 North 132nd Street Omaha, NE 68154-4031 (402) 431-0066

Lincoln | Omaha | Papillion |

Group Fitness Water Aerobics Cycling Classes Yoga Pilates

Massages Youth Activities Swimming Lessons Indoor Pool Outdoor Pool

31st & Farnam 402.916.5000

Nursery Volleyball Weight Training Racquetball

S. 132nd St. 402.691.8546

Indoor Track Cardio Equipment Personal Training Basketball

84th & Q St. 402.537.0430

Amenities vary by location. * Some restrictions apply. See club for details.


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Thank you

Physical Therapy Excel Physical Therapy Community Rehab Physical Therapy

for voting Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping the Best of Omaha!


Makovicka Physical Therapy

Pilates Studio Pilates Center of Omaha


Thank you for voting us Best in Omaha!

Legacy Pilates, Yoga & More

• 90-day satisfaction guarantee for eyeglasses • 12 ophthalmologists • 6 optometrists


One Pilates


Rehabilitation Facility Brookestone Meadows


Alegent - Immanuel 1-800-ALEGENT

Community Rehab Physical Therapy

Midtown office 4353 Dodge St. Omaha

West Omaha office 13500 California St. Omaha

(402) 552-2020

La Vista office 7202 Giles La Vista

Q St. office 18111 Q St. Omaha

Call to schedule your appointment today.

Council Bluffs office 715 Harmony St. Council Bluffs


You Can Do Anything You Want! The first step is to make health your #1 priority. Koca Chiropractic can get you on the right track for boundless energy and a lifetime of wellness.

Tanning Salon Ashley Lynn’s Tanning

11 Area Locations

tanworld Paradise Bay

Experience what Chiropractic can do for you!

Call 402-496-4570 today to schedule your appointment!

2085 N 120th St, Ste. D6 Omaha, NE 68164 402-496-4570 january/february  •  2012  


The Family of Dinker’s Bar & Grill would like to Thank Omaha for Voting them one of the Best Burgers!

Cancun All-Inclusive 2368 S 29th St Omaha, NE Located off the Martha St. exit 402.342.9742 Grill Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm Bar Open until 1am

Hours: 12pm-2am

5 nights/6 days including: 4 1/2 Star Krystal Beach Resort, Unlimited cocktails, wine, icy cold beers, Airfare from Omaha, All meals and 24 hour room service - One low, Best of Omaha price of $799.00, a savings of $185.00 a person! 5316 So. 132nd St. Omaha, NE. 68137 402-390-0909

Leader of the Pack! A sincere thank you for voting us best pet boarding facility in Omaha for 2012

Omaha’s Premier Remodeling Company call today for a FREE estimate 402.598.1410

Thank you for voting us Best Cocktail Lounge!

Don’t let your dog miss out. Book their interview today and join in on all the fun!

7643 Pacific St. 402-391-3060

Free appetizers for Friday Happy Hour Free Fried Chicken every Sunday

Camp Bow Wow® Omaha 402-991-7297

11819 Stonegate Drive, Omaha, NE 68164

FREE Home pick-up & delivery…

Makes My Life Easier!

We’ll pick up your clothes then bring them back clean and fresh. Saving you time, money and the environment!

Find out more about FREE home pick-up and delivery at: 402-342-3491


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Weight Loss Center Weight Watchers

Creating Beautiful Interiors that Inspire and Refresh Thank you for voting us Best Interior Design Firm!

Metabolic Research Center Jenny Craig

At Brookestone Meadows Rehabilitation & Care Center, saying “Results Matter” is part of our commitment to providing “Quality Life” and “Dignity in Life” each and every day for our patients and residents. Being voted First Place in the Best of Omaha competition three years in a row is a testament to that commitment and shows our heart to serve; all supporting the fact that “Results” do matter. Thank you Omaha! Diane Bailey – Brookestone Meadows

Mon-Fri 9-6, and Sat 10-2 12123 Emmet Street • 402-498-8777

Broadmoor thanks you for voting us Best of Omaha! providing the most luxury and style in apartment living!

Broadmoor at Aksarben Village 2225 S 64th St Omaha, NE 68106 p: 402.885.8555 Harrison Hills 6925 S 115th St Plz LaVista, NE 68128 p: 402.933.1577 fan us on facebook or visit online at

Workout Class Facility Aspen Athletic Clubs Kosama


Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping



2012 HOUSEHOLD Sam Marchese, Owner

Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces


Winner’s Circle logo’s in all our media advertising, which includes TV, magazine and newspaper. I feel it brings a level of confidence to our potential customers as well as acts as a confidence builder to our existing customers.


Midtown Crossing

Harrison Hills Apartments

Maxim Cleaning & Restoration, Inc.




Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces

Premier Countertops Granite Transformations for Kitchens & Baths Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces

Pinky’s Carpet & Duct Cleaning

Condos Midtown Crossing



Custom Home Builder



Eurowood Cabinets, Inc.

Riverfront Place


jLofts on the Market

Al Belt Custom Homes


Apex Cabinets



Carpet Cleaning


Broadmoor at Aksarben Village

e put the Best of Omaha®

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Curt Hofer Construction


Pohlad Custom Homes, Inc. 402-677-1873








10325 "J" Street Omaha, NE 68127 (402) 331-0500

6100 S. 57th St., Ste. A Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-0025

11271 Meredith Drive Urbandale, IA 50322 (515) 270-6558

january/february  •  2012  


Your home...your builder.


Selecting a builder is as much an expression of taste as it is a statement of confidence. No one understands this better than Curt Hofer & Associates. As one of the area’s most respected custom homebuilders and remodelers, we provide a one-of-a-kind experience in creating your once-in-a-lifetime home. From individual rooms, to how these rooms come together to create a home, to the landscape and exteriors that immediately bid you welcome, the team at Curt Hofer & Associates knows how to bring the best ideas to life – yours. The result? Your home... your builder. Exceptional.



Your home...your builder. Exceptional.

2332 Bob Boozer Drive Omaha, NE 68130 Phone: 402.758.0440 n



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Decorative Concrete Moore’s Concrete Constr., Inc. 402-491-3622

Garage Floor Coatings of Nebraska/Schroder Concrete 402.660.2900

Aesthetic Concrete Design Electrical Services ServiceOne


Omaha Electric 402-597-3040

Mr. Sparky

Fence & Railings S&W Fence


The American Fence Company Quality Fence

Floor Covering Nebraska Furniture Mart

Thank You Omaha

for voting us your #1 home accessories store.

Kelly’s Carpet Omaha Odermatt Floor Covering, Inc. Garage Doors Norm’s Door Service 402-331-8920

Overhead Door Omaha Door & Window 402-733-6440

402-778-0650 12965 W. Center Road (Montclair Shopping Center) january/february  •  2012  


Garage Flooring In the Garage Garage Floor Coatings of Nebraska/Schroder Concrete 402-660-2900

Omaha Epoxy Garage

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Thank you Omaha for voting us #1again! 402.733.6440


Add beauty, value & function to your outdoor living space!

No one will turn down a genuine compliment! That is what receiving the “Best of Omaha” is to our team and me personally—a high compliment! We have been blessed to have a great team that designs and build inspiring homes for our clients year in and year out. We are honored that people from across this city recognize that something different happens when we build their home! Thank you for affirming our team’s efforts. Curt Hofer Construction Inc.

Grout & Tile Repair The Grout Medic

Thank you Omaha!

The Grout Doctor 402-393-2565

Lifetime Stone Restoration Patios • Walkways • Pool Decks • Driveways •Steps • Fire Pits

Moore’s Concrete Construction Inc. 402.491-3622 •

visit us at The Omaha Home Show March 29th-April 1st B54 

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Handyman Services Mr. Handyman Handyman Joes Precision Handyman

january/february  •  2012  


Heating & Air Aksarben Heating & AC 402-331-1233

A-1 United Heating & Air 402-593-7500

Thank you for voting us the best in Omaha.

Thermal Services


Home Accessories House of J Home Décor & Gifts 402-778-0650

Pearson & Company


Z Gallerie Home Audio Store Nebraska Furniture Mart Stereo West The Sound Environment 402-391-3842

Home Builder Brau Builders, Inc. 402-289-2017




Heavican Homes, Inc. Regency Homes

895-9200 • 916-9833 • 614-6088

Celebrating over 25 years of Excellence Unique • Elegant • Handcrafted • Exquisite • Quality

3415 South 67th St. 402-393-4110 january/february  •  2012  


Home Cleaning Service The Maids® Maids & More


Molly Maid of Central Omaha/ Council Bluffs 402-932-6243

Our customer experience is really the key to what we do in that we handle everything from the initial consultation and measurement, to manufacturing the custom fit window for your home to the installation by our top-notch local craftsmen. We make it an easy and hassle-free experience which our customers love! Renewal by Andersen of Omaha

Proud to have roots in Omaha.

Home Inspection Service AmeriSpec Inspection Services Home Buyers Protection Company ServiceOne


In Omaha, our customers are our neighbors. Thanks for voting TruGreen “Best of Omaha” in Omaha Magazine. And for recognizing that our business isn’t just lawn care, it’s customer care.

Home Remodeling R.D. Schuller Construction

TG Logo Spot Color (PMS) version


TG Logo 4-Color (CMYK) version

TG Logo 100% Black (K) and 45% of Black (K) version

T. Hurt Construction, Inc. TG Logo 100% Black (K) version

866 - TruGreen | C: 100% M: 0% Y: 91% K: 42%

C: 80% M: 0% Y: 90% K: 0%

Color Version: “TRU”, “LEAF” and “Go Greener” PMS: 349 / CMYK: C- 100%, M- 0%, Y- 91%, K-42% “GREEN” PMS: 354 / CMYK: C- 80%, M- 0%, Y- 90%, K-0%


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TG Logo Reversed (white) against dark solid background.

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 100%

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 45%

Black and Grey Scale Version: “TRU”, “LEAF” and “Go Greener” 100% Black (K) “GREEN” 45% Black (K)

C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 0%

Cornerstone Remodeling, Inc.

White Version: “TRU”, “LEAF”, “GREEN” and “Go G CMYK- All 0%

Thank You omaha! Burton Plumbing has been voted #1 in the

Plumbing category for the 9th year in a row thanks to you!

january/february  •  2012  


Quality Construction - Superior Service Family Owned and Operated

Peace of Mind

Come experience the quality of a truly custom home at a truly exceptional price. Homes starting in low $200s including lot and impressive standard features. Visit our models in Copperfields. Just N of 202nd & F St. Call Kristi for more information 402.968.5545 •



7 Years In A Row 402.333.8181 | |


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Locally Owned & Operated Providing quality service for over 20 years.

How Clean Is Your Tile?

Interior Design Firm

Cleaning Sealing Color Sealing Recaulking Regrouting Loose Tile Repair/Replacement Water Damaged Wall Repair

The Interior Design Firm Interiors By Joan and Associates The Designers




Our reputation is built on providing the best possible grout care solutions, outstanding service, and above all, your complete satisfaction.

SAVE $25


Thank you for voting us Best of Omaha! *$25 off any service over $200

Call or text us for a FREE estimate!

402.871.4193 bathroom • tub&shower • kitchen • utility room

Millard Sprinkler, Inc. Our Lawn Care Results Are

Nature’s Helper, Inc.



Quality Irrigation

402.672.9297 Turf Care Inc. Best Lawn Care





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Turf Care Inc. 10722 Sapp Brothers Dr. 402.895.6004



Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 402.331.0500

Granite Transformations for Kitchens & Baths Kitchens By Design Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery 402.331.0662

Kitchens & Baths by Briggs 402.330.3480

Ward’s Kitchen

Trees Shrubs Perennials Garden Center Lawn Care Design/Consultation Landscaping Bulk Materials 4 Blocks North of 156th & Fort

402-551-3654 january/february  •  2012 


Thanks Omaha for voting us Best of Omaha!

Whole House Remodels Kitchen & Bath Remodels • New Custom Homes Lower Level Finishes • Additions Concrete Commercial & Residential

8529 Wirt Street • Omaha, NE 68134

402-510-9585 •


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(402) 331-1233


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Landscaping Mulhall’s Landscaping, Nursery, and Garden Center Carson Enterprises


Best of Omaha 3 years running!!

Why Replace When You Can Restore Save Money & the Environment


Robert’s Nursery 402-551-3654

Omaha’s Water-Efficiency Experts! Last year R.D. Schuller sent out “Go Vote for Us” mailcards to all our past customers. We feel we benefit from repeat customers, as we also benefit from being a repeat best of omaha winner! Roger Schuller – R.D. Schuller

We can help you save up to 50% of your outdoor watering bill. Installation • Remodels Service & Repair

What we can do for you:

Natural stone tile polishing and scratch removal: - Floors, tables, walls, counters, etc. Stainless Steel polishing and scratch removal: -Sink, fridge, oven, elevator doors, etc. Tile and grout cleaning, sealing and color changing

(402) 334-2625

2129 S. 156th Circle • Omaha NE 68130 402-916-1700

Thanks for voting us a “Best of Omaha”

Renewal by Andersen®, the replacement window division of Andersen® Windows

Lawn Care Heartland Lawns

Custom Windows & Doors measured and built to match your home Solution Experts who guarantee a fast, easy experience Professional Installation of energy efficient replacement windows & doors Precision Fit Results for any window & doors, anywhere, at any time Renewal by Andersen-Southard Corporation, an independently owned & operated Renewal by Andersen retailer


TruGreen Turf Care


888-902-1353 • 125th & West Center-Westwood Plaza january/february  •  2012  


delivering solutions


DISASTER REPAIR & CLEAN-UP Carpet, Furniture, Tile and Drapery Cleaning •Free Estimates •No Hidden Charges •Area & Oriental Rugs •Truck Mounted Power •Odor Removal •Environmentally Friendly Air Duct Cleaning • Helps control Dust & Dirt In Your Home or Office • Reduce Airborn Pollutants That Trigger Asthma and Allergic Reactions Fire and Water Damage Specialists • Mold and Mildew Prevention • Insurance Claims Welcome • Dehumidification Equipment • Mold & Odor Removal



“Steamatic Does Not Telemarket”

8843 WASHINGTON CIR • OMAHA, NE 68127 B64 

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Established 1986

Lighting Fixtures

Thank You for Voting us #1 Six Years in a Row!

Echo Lighting Design Gallery 402.334.4900

Lighting World, Inc. The Light Palace Painting Services Gerst Painting, Inc. Walls 2 Floors, Inc. A Perfect Touch Painting Plumbing Services Burton Plumbing

1120 Fort Crook road Bellevue, Ne 68005 800-756-7344 402-292-1455

Tritz Plumbing, Inc. ServiceOne


hwy 77 saltillo rd liNColN, Ne 68430 800-753-9158

Pools & Spas Superior Spa & Pool


Let us be your Tourguides

Continental Pool & Spa Classic Pool & Spa Specialty Glass & Mirrors Quality Glass and Mirror Rainbow Glass & Supply Elkhorn Glass

Back in the Day Antique • Art • Collectibles Art & Statuaries Vintage Clothing Bones & Artifacts Records Glassware Jewelry Mid-Century Modern Furniture ...and Specializing in the Unusual Items

2561 Leavenworth St. Omaha NE 68105 • (402)502-7579

january/february  •  2012  


Thank You Omaha!

Window Coverings A Well-Dressed Window


Budget Blinds Diamond Vogel Paint and Decorating Center

Being Omaha’s FIRST PLACE Sprinkler Company is the key objective for Millard Sprinkler. Our every day mission is to provide the best available service & products to our customers. Being voted the ‘Best of Omaha’ is a report card for our effort & it tells future customers that we must be doing things right. Todd Rannals–Millard Sprinkler


Windows & Doors Omaha Door & Window 402-733-6440

Pella Windows & Doors

Referred for a reason. South of Dodge 402-558-8600 • North 402-493-5887 B66 

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Renewal by Andersen


At Immanuel Rehabilitation Center, the most innovative rehabilitative technologies have given people like Sharan Bryson a renewed sense of hope. She miraculously survived acute pancreatitis, but lost her left leg and four toes on her right foot. Sharan had a long road ahead of her and the therapists at Alegent Health were there every step of the way. Kinesis,TM a barrier-free workout system, proved to be an effective part of Sharan’s treatment, allowing her to do what she wanted to do—live life to the fullest.

Immanuel Rehabilitation Center 1-800-ALEGENT

2012 retail

Kat Moser, Owner (on right), with General Manager Susie Keuck

Nouvelle Eve


ue to the fact that a large percentage of our

seasonal business is tourist-related, Nouvelle Eve actively promotes the Best of Omaha® award in our advertising and promotions with hotels, conventions, etc. We find it lends credibility and assures visitors that our shoppers think we are the Best of Omaha®.

Antique Shop Brass Armadillo


Art Gallery Anderson O’Brien Fine Art Dundee Gallery

Second Chance Antiques


Back in the Day

Lewis Art Gallery

Beer & Spirits Store Hy-Vee Brix Spirit World

OMAHA’S ORIGINAL STEAKHOUSE • Proudly serving visitor & locals for 89 years. • Less than 10 minutes from Downtown. • Featured in Midwest Living Best of the Midwest 2011. • Serving hand cut steaks, aged on premise and slow roasted prime rib with pride.

Best Of Omaha 6Years Running

402-731-4774 27th & ‘L’ St., Kennedy Frwy, ‘L’ St. Exit 8 Minutes from Downtown Omaha.



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Building Supply Store Builders Supply Company 402.331.4500

Millard Lumber


Lowe’s® Consignment Store Bigwheels 2 Butterflies Scout Dry Goods & Trade Esther’s Convenience Store QuikTrip Kum & Go

10666 Sapp Bros. Drive | Omaha, NE 68138 402-896-9140


for voting us best consignment store!

Come to our $1 Sale Every Sunday! Buy-Sell-Trade Cool Men’s & Women’s Clothes Open Everyday! Come see what everyone is talking about! 51st & Underwood in Dundee 402-964-2270

Kwik Shop

Florist Piccolo’s Florist & Gifts Stems at Countryside Taylor’s Flower Shop


Furniture Store Nebraska Furniture Mart Allens Home Ethan Allen

Grocery Store Hy-Vee Baker’s Bag ‘N Save

january/february  •  2012  


Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha!

8 Convenient Locations! Free Delivery!


Medically-Supervised Weight Loss Programs

Pharmacy Home Medical Equipment Oxygen • Wheelchairs • Diabetes Supplies


No one needs to know you had a little...

Botox® • Radiesse® Juvederm® • Artefill® 114th & Dodge: 402-408-0017 127th & Q St.: 402-895-8001 SW Iowa: 712-624-9050


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Jewelry Store Borsheims Brodkey’s Malashocks Jewelry

We, the ‘House of J Girls,’ have been helping our valued customers make their homes warm and inviting for the last eight years. Thank you, Omaha, for giving us this opportunity and making us your #1 Home Accessories Store. House of J

s Thanks for voting u ars in a row! Best Of Omaha 4 ye You’re the BEST!

A Must-See Boutique


Starts Jan 6th Like us on Facebook & Join our VIP Club!

Text Kajomas to 36000 to receive special offers.

991.4477 | 84th & 1st St.

Downtown Papillion Open Mon-Sat at 10am

Lingerie Nouvelle Eve


First Place Again! Thank You Omaha!

Soma Intimates Basic Tease Men’s Apparel Parsow’s Clothing & Sportswear 402.397.7900

Lindley Clothing The Post & Nickel

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Omaha Certified Green Builder

As a female business owner, it’s important to me to not just sell clothes, but to impact women’s lives. We’ve worked hard to do just that – make a difference.” Kim Ahlers – Owner Kajoma’s

Thank you Omaha for voting us #1! Building fine homes in Omaha since 1948

Contact us today for a free Home Design meeting • 402-289-2017




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Three Dog Bakery


Hummos Baba-Goo-Nuj Falafel B72 

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Pet Store Long Dog Fat Cat

hoo Bar & Choo C Hot Wings Grill MAGAZ I HA


Ahmad’s Persian Cuisine

Choo Choo Bar & Grill 14240 U St Omaha, NE 402.895.6617

Pharmacy Walgreens Hy-Vee

Kohll’s Pharmacy & Homecare

Your Home for Creighton Basketball is...

Tuesday, January 3

Creighton vs. Drake 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, January 7

Creighton at Bradley 7:00 P.M.

Wednesday, January 25

Creighton at Drake 7:00 P.M.


Saturday, January 28

Creighton vs. Bradley 7:00 P.M.

Tuesday, February 14

Creighton at Southern Illinois 7:00 P.M.

Brought to you by:

of Omaha

Omaha Electric Service & Iowa Electric looks forward to having an opportunity to serve you soon.

Iowa Electric 1220 35th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712.366.0588

Omaha Electric Service Inc. 8506 Madison Street Omaha, Nebraska 68127 402.597.3040

commercial / residential / industrial / voice & data

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Thrift Store Goodwill


Salvation Army Hand Me-Ups Thrift/Furniture

I think that we have won 1st place 7 years in a row is simply because of our people. This is a huge honor to our crews and they worked very hard to be the best, every day. Ryan Bishop – The Maids

Don’t miss Darcie Dingman’s HER Auto Tips column in HER Living this year!

•Omaha Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year! •Winner Better Business Bureau Integrity Award

Thank you for voting us 1st place seven straight years.

Wine Store Brix Hy-Vee Spirit World Women’s Boutique Nouvelle Eve


Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique 402-991-4477 Friend Us On Facebook!


402.558.3500 Corner of 50th & South Saddlecreek

402-502-8757 Southwest Corner of 144th & Industrial Rd

402.502.5511 Southwest corner of 120th & Maple “We’d Rather Be The Best Than Apologize for Anything Less.” january/february  •  2012  


2012 services Bill Tech, President/CEO

Travel and Transport


proud to have received the Best of Omaha award for many years. The impact of being voted by our local customers instills great pride in all of our employeeowners and fosters a continued drive to always perform above expectations. We proudly tout this recognition in all of our sales efforts and networking opportunities.

Assisted Living Facility Elk Ridge Village Assisted Living


Immanuel Village Westgate Assisted Living


ravel and Transport is

Caterer Catering Creations

Centris Federal Credit Union

Attitude on Food

SAC Federal Credit Union

Metro Credit Union

Computer Repair Schrock Innovations

First National Bank of Omaha

Computers To Go

Great Western Bank


Hap Abraham Catering

DIT Computers





Credit Union

Dry Cleaners Fashion Cleaners


Max I. Walker Nu Trend Dry Cleaners

Bank of the West B76 

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Jenny has been chosen as one of the

“Best of Omaha” in the category of Weight Loss Center.

Call Jenny today to learn more about Omaha’s “Best” Weight Loss Center.

11425 South 72nd St


THANK YOU for your trust, OMAHA!

168th & West Center Rd

402-334-1030 325 North 78th St

402-392-7300 Thank you, Omaha, for choosing Jenny as one of the “BEST”.

402.330.1166 Advisory services offered through Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd, an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. Securities offered through its affiliate Manarin Securities Corporation, a registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA/SIPC.

Partners in Care

Call Kristina or Tracy Today, (402) 312-1198

Just North of 192nd & W Dodge Road

Independent Living ~ Assisted Living ~ Alzheimer’s Care

Go ahead, relax and enjoy life. Give you and your family the peace of mind they deserve with “Advanced Funeral Planning” Call today for your Pre-Planning Guide!

DWORAK CHAPEL•16th & Vinton•346-1144 BELLEVUE MEM. CHAPEL•Bellevue•291-5000

january/february  •  2012  



Union Pacific Railroad Alegent


Funeral Home Heafey Heafey Hoffman Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries and Crematory

Cox Communications

John A Gentleman


TD Ameritrade

Financial Planning Firm

Internet Provider

Roeder Mortuary In-Home Nursing Service

Feltz WealthPLAN


Life/Health Insurance Co. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Visiting Nurse Association 402.342.5566

Manarin Investment Counsel, Ltd.

Home Instead Senior Care

Carson Wealth Management Group

Physicians Mutual


Comfort Keepers


A Fortune most-admired company, Union Pacific offers employees – in its hometown of Omaha and beyond – competitive and progressive compensation, benefits and wellness programs, plus the opportunity to work for a company responsible for supplying, connecting and building America for 150 years. Union Pacific

A Simple “Thanks, Omaha!” Says it Best Because keeping it simple is one of the things we do best. And that’s just one of the reasons 97% of customers are satisfied with us.* Voted into the “Best of Omaha® Winners’ Circle” for the 5th year.

Omaha Sales Office: 402-391-9061 Customer Service: 1-800-228-9100 health life retirement

*Physicians Mutual® Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2010, conducted by Wiese Research Associates.


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Opportunity doesn’t always knock. Sometimes it sounds a horn. Union Pacific is proud to be recognized by our hometown as the No. 1 employer in Omaha. As the nation’s premier railroad for the past 150 years, we offer a wide range of challenging, rewarding positions and the opportunity to be part of a company that is, still today, connecting and building America. Learn more at Union Pacific Railroad Careers @UPRailroadJobs

An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

january/february  •  2012  


Proudly born and raised in omaha. Founded in 1857, First National Bank has provided exceptional service for more than 150 years. Whether it’s helping you achieve your goals or helping a business grow, we’re committed to making this entire city a better place to live. Which might be one of the reasons why the readers of Omaha Magazine voted us the first place winner for Bank and Mortgage Company in the 2012 Best of Omaha Survey. So, to Omaha and everyone who voted for us, we say thank you. Stop in to one of our 36 convenient area locations today, or call 402.346.3626 to see how we can be the best bank for you. | Member FDIC B80 

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Mortgage Company First National Bank of Omaha 402-346-3626

Wells Fargo First Mortgage Company

Innovation through technology and processes has been the hallmark of Fashion Cleaners. [We’re] passionate about being your fresh approach to clothing care. Kermit Engh – Owner Fashion Cleaners

Moving Company Two Men and a Truck

Introducing your child, the swimmer.

Jim’s Moving and Delivery

At DiVentures, we rely on proven curriculum, certified swim teachers and small class sizes to help your child become a true swimmer. Classes are available mornings, evenings and weekends year-round.

Flat Rate Movers

Already have an adventurous swimmer on your hands? We also have water safety and scuba classes for kids.

402.291.2490 402-709-0970

Call, come by, or visit our web site for class times and availability.

Pest Control Service Terminix Orkin® Lien Termite & Pest Control

120th & I

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Pet Boarding Camp Bow Wow Cottonwood Pet Resort

Not Everyone Was Born To Be A Caregiver.

We Were. Voted Best of Omaha 5 Years Running! When you just can’t add another title to your growing list… “Mother”, “Grandmother”, “Neighbor”, “Friend”…. ….Let us be the “Caregiver” your loved one needs. Westgate Assisted Living: 3030 S. 80th St - Omaha, NE 68124 402-391-8566

Place New Logo Here

Dogtopia of Omaha


Pet Grooming Salon Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare 402-496-4005

Susie’s Professional Pet Grooming Best In Show Pet Salon Reception Venue Georgetowne Club DC Centre


Thank You Omaha!

Magnolia Hotel Omaha Residential Roofing Pyramid Roofing


Husker Siding, Windows & Roofing

Best Florist

Thompson Roofing

“Taylor Made” for ALL your floral needs since 1950”

402-733-2322 12330 K Plaza, Ste. 113 B82 

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Thank You for voting us the BEST travel agency in Omaha for the past 4 years!

For 65 years, Omaha has turned to Travel and Transport and Travel and Transport Vacations for our proven capabilities in travel planning and management. From our innovative corporate travel management solutions, to our expertise in planning unforgettable vacations, our employee-owners are dedicated to bringing the best of both worlds to the travelers and businesses of Omaha!

402.399.4500 Headquarters: 72nd & Mercy • Look for us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thanks for voting us Best Building Supply Store

Retirement Community Lakeside Village Elk Ridge Village Active Retirement Community 402-763-8692

Hillcrest Health Systems



An incredible part of this honor is the reassurance it brings to prospective clients. We find that prospective local and out of town clients feel confident making us the first phone call they make in their search for a caterer and event planner. We know this increased traffic is attributed to Our Best of Omaha Status because we are very often told by clients that they found us on the internet and noticed right away from our homepage that we were voted Best of Omaha. Jennifer Snow – Owner Catering Creations Swim Lessons DiVentures


Swimtastic Swim School YMCA Travel Agency Travel and Transport HAND-STRETCHED N.Y. STYLE PIZZA · CALZONES · PASTA · SALADS · HOAGIES · APPETIZERS

391-1881 7834 Dodge St.


12997 W. Center Rd.


1109 Howard St.

TRY OUR DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS! For banquets, parties, and meetings call 330-1444. Full Service Mon.-Fri. Nights & Sat.-Sun. All Day Self-Service Lunch Mon.-Fri. We deliver downtown!


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AAA Travel

3 locations in Omaha

Vacation Superstore 402.390.0909

Thank You Omaha! Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals Over 40 Years Experience in Quality Veterinary Care

153rd & Maple • 402-445-4400

- Our Mission -

To provide our patients with compassionate medical care of the highest quality in a friendly, caring environment by skilled employees, who are eager to provide extraordinary customer service.

120th & Blondo • 402-493-9650

Full Service Medial • Boarded Surgical Orthopedics • Dental Care Radiology • Cardiology Ultrasound • Endoscopy Boarding • Grooming “For more than forty years you have allowed the Gentle Doctor to care for your pets just as we care for our own.” — Dr. Bashara 89th & Grant 397-4344 • 120th & Blondo 493-9650 • 153rd & Maple 445-4400

89th & Grant • 402-397-4344

After Hours Emergency 402-339-6232 Block North of 90th & Blondo)

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Thank You Omaha! Exclusive Repair

continues to grow due to our customer referrals. We sincerely thank you for recommending us. HONDA



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4420 Leavenworth Street • Omaha, NE 68105 • 402-551-3015 • Hours: 7am-5pm, Mon.-Fri.

Specializing in Honda & Acura repair for almost 30 years. B86 

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Its been our pleasure serving the Omaha Metro area.

Tree Service Terry Hughes Tree Service 402-558-8198

Eden Tree Pros Enfield’s Tree Service

Our customers tell us their experience with us surpassed all of their expectations. When we assist them with their kitchen and bathroom remodels, they always return for their next project! Barb Ganey – Kitchen & Bath by Briggs


Introducing Bark Avenue Inn & Daycare 13706 C Street • 402-933-4007 153rd & W. Maple Road 402-496-4005 •

Vet Clinic Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals 402-445-4400

American Animal Hospital Best Care Pet Hospital



Best Care Pet Hospital West

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2012 Transportation Boyd Dingman, Owner, with Marketing Director Darcie Dingman

Dingman’s Collision Center


all very proud to have won the Best of Omaha®. Our employees take a great deal of pride in the work that they do. The recognition that comes with winning Best of Omaha® in the Auto Body category makes them proud not only of the work that they do but also to work for a Best of Omaha® business, Dingman’s Collision Center.

Auto Body Repair

Dingman’s Collision Center

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Boat Dealer Omaha Marine Center

Car Tire Service Jensen Tire & Auto

3 locations in Omaha


Dave’s Auto Body Co.

Valley Marine

5 Convenient Locations

Beaver Lake Marina

Midwest Tire Omaha


B Street Collision Center Auto Glass

Brake Service Jensen Tire & Auto

Walker Tire & Auto Service


Car Wash

Metro Glass

House of Mufflers & Brakes

Fantasy’s, Inc.

Safelite Autoglass

Tuffy® Auto Service Centers

Russell Speeder’s Car Wash

Galvin Glass

Car Stereo Store

Cornhusker Auto Wash

Stereo West Auto Toys Nebraska Furniture Mart Inphase Car Audio


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20-Time “Elite of Lexus” Winner For Customer Satisfaction

13025 W. Dodge Road • 333-6400 • 1-800-632-5398 VISIT US AT OUR WEB SITE:

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Thanks Omaha fOr chOOsing us YOur #1 mOving cOmpanY . . . We offer a full line of moving-related services that can be customized to fit your needs.

8 Years running

2 Locations to Better Serve You! Omaha, NE • 597-6683 Lincoln, NE • 466-4669 Visit our website at Each franchise independently owned and operated.

Voted Best of Omaha 8 Years Running! 8 Years Running

Two Time Winner of BBB Service Integrity Award Located at Irvington Exit and I-680 9630 Redick Ave. • 402-572-0200

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Exhaust & Muffler service

Complete Care of All Your Trees & Shrubs

House of Mufflers & Brakes

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Bellevue 21st & Cornhusker 402-934-2300

Benson 71st & Ames 402- 333-6391

Voted Best BBQ TEN Consecutive Years

Eagle Run 130th & Maple 402- 779-8600

Millard 120th & L 402- 829-1616

Council Bluffs 50 Arena Way 712-256-1221 (by the MAC)

Most items $3.75 Satisfaction Guaranteed

General Auto Repair

Ugg, Leather & Suede Cleaning, Minor Alterations & Repair, Wedding Gown Preservation, Men’s Laundered Shirts $2.25, Most Items $3.75

Jensen Tire & Auto Walker Tire & Auto Service 5 Convenient Locations

Exclusive Repair specializing in Honda and Acura

7647 Cass Street, 391-3222 5001 Center Street, 551-3831 3721 N 147th Street, 496-8840 16808 Burke, 884-3832 12326 W Center Road, 333-9306

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Motorcycle Dealer Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson Holstein’s Harley Davidson BMW Motorcycles of Omaha

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North America's leading full-service Leisure Travel Agency. Call oR visit today! Clocktower • 390-1000 • 815 N. 98th St. West Center • 333-8200 • 2606 S. 132nd St. West Maple • 493-2700 • 160th and Maple B92 

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New Car Dealer Woodhouse Auto Family 800.889.1893

Performance Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Inc. Lexus of Omaha


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Oil Change Jensen Tire & Auto


Valvoline Instant Oil Change

Quality Moving Professionals

Grease Monkey

Serving the Metro Area For Over 45 Years

Thanks for voting us Best of Omaha 2006-2012 • Household & Office Moving • Packing Service • Assisted Living • Pianos • Gun Safes • Moving Statewide In Iowa & Nebraska

Free Estimates Competitive Rates Insured Licensed

M#14114 U S DOT 732686

Many of our patients comment about the Best Of Omaha 1st Place awards we have received for 8 years in a row. They are proud to be going to an office that has a great reputation for quality patient care. It is apparent by their votes for us that they like and respect us as much as we care about them. Steven D. Wegner, DDS

Omaha • 402-291-2490

HOME • BUSINESS • AUTO •Insulated Glass Replacement •Store Front-Repair/Replacement •Auto Glass-Repair/Replacement •Mirrors-Beveled/Framed •Door Window/Screen-Repair •Table Tops/Beveled Glass •Full Service/Parts our

29th year! 4001 Farnam St. 402-885-8282

RV Dealer Apache Camper Center

Voted Best of Omaha 4 Years in a Row!

A.C. Nelsen RV World

Locally Owned & Operated with 5 Locations in Omaha and 2 in Lincoln!


Leach Camper Sales

Open Mon-Fri/7-5 • Sat/8-12 565 Jackson St. • Papillion 402.331.2990

Used Car Dealer

Lexus of Omaha


CarMax Atchley Ford

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Tanning | Hair | Massage Ashley Lynn’s

Multiple Locations

How did Ashley Lynn’s Tanning get its start? How has it expanded?


SHLEY LYNN’S STARTED IN 1990 as a hair salon run by owner Kyoung

Ah Bonn in Bellevue, Nebraska. There became a need for tanning in the area and it only seemed to make sense for the company to expand.  Owner Bart Bonn added a few tanning beds to the existing hair salon location, and the business has grown to 16 tanning salons, 3 hair salons and 2 massage salons over the past 21 years. Ashley Lynn’s Tanning continues to be an industry leader in tanning!

What makes Ashley Lynn’s so popular?



a week! Customers can choose from 4 levels of tanning and enjoy the latest tanning technology. We also offer UV-FREE Versa Spa Spray Tans, and carry a complete line of professional tanning products from California Tan, Australian Gold, Swedish Beauty and Designer Skin.  Ashley Lynn’s also offers Hair & Massage Services. Ashley Lynn’s hair stylists keep up with current trends and techniques.  Ashley Lynn’s Massage offers a variety of massage services by licensed massage therapists, including body wraps, facial therapy and body polish/exfoliation.   Ashley Lynn’s is a great place to be pampered!

How do Ashley Lynn’s employees contribute to its success?


SHLEY LYNN’S MAINTAINS A high standard of customer service;

therefore, we select the best employees that embody this trait. All of our employees are outgoing, good natured, and willing to help in any way possible to make each visit the best that it can be.  No company can be successful without satisfied customers, and our employees go above and beyond whenever possible to make a lasting impression.

Why do so many customers trust and rely on Ashley Lynn’s for their health and beauty needs?


SHLEY LYNN’S STRIVES FOR an excellent customer experience. We

work to educate our clients on an ongoing basis about the products and services we offer so they can make the best purchasing decision based on their individual needs. We’ve held the Best of Omaha title in the tanning category since it was introduced.  We are honored that our clients continue to vote us the best. This honor puts us a step above the rest when a client is looking to choose a salon - it helps make their decision easier.

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Travel Agency AAA Travel


3 Omaha locations  1 Bellevue location

Tell us some history about your company.


Y SERVING THE NEEDS of travelers for more than 100 years,

AAA earned the honored distinction of becoming North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization. With more than 1,100 offices in the U.S. and Canada, this tremendous buying power allows us to negotiate special discounts and obtain extra benefits from preferred travel partners, which we pass on to AAA Members and the customers we serve.

What products/services do you provide?


UR SERVICES ARE DELIVERED by highly trained and widely

traveled professionals who help our clients prepare for their travel adventures. Our personal service is complimented by helpful online planning tools at, our informative travel blogs, and downloadable applications for travelers on the go. Before planning your next business or leisure travel adventure, log on to

Cabinetry Apex Cabinets


14013 Industrial Rd Omaha, NE 68144

List the products and/or services you offer homeowners.


PEX CABINETS OFFERS MANY different services to homeown-

ers. We work with clients on new home construction, as well as remodeling; we design and fabricate cabinetry for all areas of the home including kitchen cabinetry, bath vanities, wet bars, office furniture and custom furniture; and we also specialize in custom closet systems and garage cabinet systems. What value-added services do you provide customers that make you stand out in the Omaha market? PEX CABINETS HAS BUILT a solid reputation by providing excellent customer service and constructing the finest custom cabinetry for builders and homeowners. Our experienced staff guides clients through the entire process, offering innovative ideas to help clients turn imagination into reality. Apex Cabinets is a Curt Hofer & Associates company, which adds great value to our design services as Hofer’s award-winning design team works hand-in-hand with Apex clients.



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Nail Salon American Nails & Spa 3618 N. 165th St.,  (165th & Maple)

402.779.8700 Tell us about American Nails & Spa, and what makes it stand out in the Omaha market. MERICAN NAILS & SPA is a full-service salon in West Omaha, offering the best in nail care, expert skin care, and a wide range of spa services to renew your body and mind. Our salon utilizes a clean-air system that creates an easy and healthy environment; and our elegant décor and fun atmosphere make it a great destination for private parties!


What makes American Nails & Spa a great value to your customers?


MERICAN NAILS OFFERS SPECIAL events, monthly specials,

and discounts, which can be viewed on our website. We offer spa gift certificates for holidays, birthdays, showers, weddings, anniversaries, or any occasion where pampering is needed! Clients can call to schedule a nail or spa appointment, but walk-ins are welcome as well.

Pet Grooming Salon Bark Avenue Grooming & Daycare 373.1 N 153rd St Omaha, NE 68116 402.496.4005

What impact has winning Best of Omaha® had on Bark Avenue’s business?


INNING 1ST PLACE FIVE years in a row has had a huge impact on our credibility as a Pet Grooming Salon. The Omaha community understands that winning 1st place is a testament to the loyalty of our customers, who voted for us based on the quality services they receive.... from the customer service in making an appointment, to the care and quality of the grooming, to their belief in our dedication, and in providing them with the “Best Grooming Services in Omaha.” What positive feedback has Bark Avenue received on its #1 ranking?


HE BEST OF OMAHA competition has made its mark on Omaha. Showing our #1 logo on our front door, on our advertising banners, and any correspondence we put out, makes people take notice. “My chiropractor said to me several years ago, ‘I want to win that award…Tell me what to do,’” said Bark Avenue’s owner, Suzanne Wilke. “I responded, ‘Get the word out to your clients and ask them to vote...If they like what you are doing, they will!’”

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Beauty Store & Salon BeautyFirst

Multiple Locations www.beautyfi

What makes BeautyFirst stand out in the Omaha Market?



“first” beauty store in Omaha and Lincoln. Locally owned and operated since 1989, the company has five convenient locations in Omaha and two in Lincoln, and prides itself on exceptional customer service— delivering out-of-stock products to customers’ homes, giving away trips and tiffany gift cards and buying cakes for clients’ birthdays. Beautyfirst is also involved with local charities, including Open Door Mission.

How do your employees contribute to your success?


UR BEAUTY CONSULTANTS AND stylists are extremely educated,

and are constantly taking classes to make us unique to the business,” said VP of Operations Rhonda Bowers. “And there’s a lot of longevity within our company. All Beautyfirst stores sponsor an ‘employee of the month’ contest, and “Our staff go above and beyond to get recognized and do whatever they can to take care of our customers,” Bowers added. “Our employees are our greatest asset.”

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1123 Jackson Street  Omaha, NE 68102

Describe your employees, and how they contribute to your success.


IG BRAIN HAS A wide variety of artists that have come from all

over the country to work here. Immediately when you walk into our shop, you are greeted with a smile and a hello, and that level of enthusiasm and professionalism continues until you leave. Big Brain employees are here to help you and to make sure that your first, second, or 50th tattoo is the best experience you can have.

What makes Big Brain stand out in the Omaha market?


E GENUINELY CARE ABOUT our clients. We’re interested in

their lives and their stories. We constantly have people that come in and leave feeling like they have made new friends, and eventually feel like they are a part of the Big Brain family. That’s ultimately what keeps people coming back to our business.


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Fitness Club Blue Moon Fitness

402.339.6050 402.496.8900

108th & Q Street             108th & Maple Street         bluemoonfi

What makes Blue Moon Fitness special?


LUE MOON FITNESS FOCUSES on providing a comfortable and affordable facility that serves the average American. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight and onethird of us are obese. The average American is overweight. Blue Moon Fitness is cheap enough and comfortable enough that even people who exercise ‘once in a blue moon’ can fit in. While we have low prices, we also have high standards.

Why do so many people come to you for their fitness needs?


E STRIVE TO TREAT each member and guest the way we

would want our own mother treated if she were in a gym 500 miles away dealing with strangers. We would want her treated with respect and kindness. That doesn’t mean she would always get her way. We do insist on good behavior. We don’t believe the customer is always right and will not tolerate rude or obnoxious behavior.

Home Builder Brau Builders, Inc.

20515 Nicholas Cir, Suite #6 Omaha, NE 68022


-SINCE 1948-

Share with us some history about your company.


ROTHERS PAUL AND GEORGE Brau founded Brau Builders in

1948. For over 60 years, Brau Builders have built Omaha’s finest homes with care and quality products. Spanning three generations, Brau Builders is still a family-owned business and is run today by Bob Brau and his son Jeff. We believe that homeownership is still the American Dream, is a great investment over time, and should be an opportunity for everyone.

List the products and/or services you offer homeowners.


RAU BUILDERS SPECIALIZES IN affordable, custom-designed

homes, as well as premium home renovations. We implore computeraided and team design techniques to ensure our clients get exactly what they want. Brau Builders is also one of Omaha’s Nationally Certified Green Builders. Education and building science is critical to ensuring our clients get the very best home for their money, as well as one that will pay dividends into the future.

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Food & Spirits Brewsky’s

402.614.2739 (156th & Q St) 402.201.2739 (84th & Park Dr)

Tell us about Brewsky’s beginnings, and how it’s grown through the years.


REWSKY’S FOOD & SPIRITS opened in 1990 at 16th & South


REWSKY’S IS KNOWN FOR it’s cleanliness, it’s service, and it’s

Streets in Lincoln. Twenty-two years later, Brewsky’s still has the original owners, Jon and Jim Mumgaard, and Brian Kitten. Certified Executive Chef Ed Janousek created our fabulous menu and stayed with the company until 2006. Brewsky’s now boasts six locations--four in Lincoln and two in Omaha. The food part of the business has evolved and expanded and today makes up 50 percent of Brewsky’s sales. What makes Brewsky’s stand out in the Omaha market? quality. Brewsky’s is famous for it’s Buffalo Chicken Wings, available with nine different sauces and even “grilled.” Brewsky’s state-of-the-art satellite and sports programming equipment sends signals to as many as 60 HDTV’s at a time, allowing prime viewing. And it’s not uncommon to find a family of four, a youth sports team, an attorney, and a construction worker all enjoying a game at Brewsky’s. And everyone is comfortable!

Rehabilitation Facility Brookestone Meadows

600 Brookstone Meadows Plz   Elkhorn, NE 68022-4401


Why do so many customers trust Brookestone Meadows for their rehabilitation needs? ROOKESTONE MEADOWS WAS DESIGNED to be a state-of-theart rehabilitation and care center. In our four years, we’ve developed a “reputation of excellence” in the care we provide. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Brookestone Meadows nationally as one of America’s Best Nursing Homes; and for the last three years, Brookestone Meadows has been voted first place for “Best of Omaha.”


Describe your employees, and how they contribute to your company’s success.


T BROOKESTONE MEADOWS, WE hire employees who are not

only competent in their chosen fields, but who will also make great team members. Our staff works daily to create an environment that promotes “Dignity in Life” with the care they provide, as well as “Quality Life” for all who enter our doors.


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Building Supply Store Builders Supply Company


5701 South 72nd Street Omaha, NE 68127

Share with us some history about your company. Detail how your business has evolved and grown over the years.


UILDERS SUPPLY COMPANY HAS proudly served the greater

Omaha community for over sixty years. We are a full-service lumberyard providing lumber, pre-built wall panels, trusses, windows, doors, trim, cabinets, decking, roofing, siding, finish hardware and installed insulation. Builders Supply carries the quality products needed for contractors, remodelers and do-it-yourselfers to complete their projects. Our design center (located above our home center) showcases our vast offerings.

Describe your employees and how they contribute to your success.


UILDERS SUPPLY COMPANY IS an employee-owned business.

The hard work and dedication of our experienced staff has put us at the top of all the single location lumberyards in the nation. We feel our mission statement says it all, “Employee owners working together to create an atmosphere where our customers enjoy doing business.”

Caterer Catering Creations 402.558.3202

What makes Catering Creations stand out in the Omaha market?



we will make sure the food is always delicious, hot, on-time, and beautiful. But we strive for MUCH MORE! We look at your entire event and work towards bringing your vision to life while you enjoy being a guest at your own party! Detail some honors or recognitions Catering Creations has received over the years.


HANK YOU FOR HONORING US WITH YOUR VOTES! Best of Omaha - Caterer Winner’s Circle 2010 and First Place Winner 2011-2012. A Knot 2012 Pick - Best Weddings. Wedding Wire’s Bride’s Choice Award 2010. National ACE - Achievement in Catering Excellence Finalist 2011 - Midwest Division. Food Design - Cover Photo on National Publication- Catersource Magazine.

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Cabinetry, Countertops, Kitchen & Bath Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces 10325 “J’ Street Omaha, NE 68127 402.331.0500

How did CKF become such an industry leader?


REAM IT…LIVE IT…LOVE IT! Since 1923, Consolidated Kitchens &

Fireplaces has grown and evolved with Omaha’s ever-changing kitchen design trends. In 1986, Sam and Connie Marchese purchased CKF, which originally was a wholesale distributor of lumberyard products. CKF’s primary goal has been to provide quality kitchen design and personalized customer service all in a uniquely designed, home-like atmosphere. CKF has a huge selection of quality stone countertops, cabinets, and gas fireplaces and is an exclusive dealer of Cambria quartz countertops. CKF sells directly to homeowners, builders, commercial, dealers, and remodelers in Nebraska and Iowa.

What makes the showrooms at CKF so amazing?


KF OFFERS SHOWROOMS IN Omaha, Lincoln, and Des Moines,

providing its customers with a huge selection and personalized design service from knowledgeable designers that appeals to all tastes and budgets. CKF prides itself on creating an atmosphere where customers actually see their dreams become reality—that’s why we make our showrooms as realistic and functional as possible. The showroom is where it all happens! It’s where customers Dream It…Live It…Love It! CKF is constantly maintaining and updating its showroom experience to reflect ever-changing trends and designs.

What is the Artisans Touch…at CKF?



CKF customizes projects with its own in-house state-of-the-art fabrication center. Stone countertops are fabricated on-site by Artisans to meet individualized customer specifications. CKF is the only company in Nebraska and Iowa to earn accreditation from the Marble Institute of America, and is one of only 39 such accredited companies nationwide.

What is the Granite Remnant Center?


HE GRANITE REMNANT CENTER is another way that CKF meets the needs of its customers on any budget. Because CKF fabricates so much stone in-house, there’s often leftover material. At the Granite Remnant Center, customers can find a huge selection of quality stone remnant countertops. Customers are encouraged to browse the remnant center often, as the inventory is always changing.


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Auto Body Repair Dingman’s Collision Center 144th & Industrial Road 50th & S Saddlecreek 120th & Maple 402.502.8757 402.558.3500 402.502.5511

Give us some company history about Dingman’s Collision Center, and detail how it’s grown.


HROUGH THREE GENERATIONS, THE Dingman’s have stayed true

to their core values; providing excellent work and service paired with honesty and integrity. Boyd, along with his wife, Diana, opened their own shop in 1983 in Waverly, Iowa. In 1994, the Department of Transportation acquired the Dingman’s land to make room for a new highway; this was looked at as a new opportunity. Boyd and Diana opened their first shop in Omaha at 50th and S. Saddle Creek Rd. in 1997. Their son, Andy, began working full time at the family business in 1998 as a technician and eventually began working in the office as a manager and estimator. Dingman’s Collision Center was received well by the Omaha community and decided to expand to a second location in 2005, on 120th and Maple Street. Darcie, their daughter, received her degree in Human Resource Management and came aboard in early 2006. In January 2011, the Dingman’s opened a third location on 144th and Industrial Road. As the company continues to grow, the excitement within the business does as well.

Swim Lessons DiVentures


4303 S. 121 Plaza Omaha, NE 68137

List the products and/or services your business offers. Areas of specialty? Value-added services you provide? IVENTURES IS ALL ABOUT safety and fun in the water! From swim lessons to scuba certification, we offer a full range of aquatic programs. From introductory to advanced scuba courses, DiVentures teaches students to be safe and confident divers. We offer dive trips to places around the world and a large selection of top diving equipment. In addition, our swim school features year-round swim lessons for students as young as six months through adults. Explain how your employees contribute to DiVentures’ success. OGETHER THE DIVENTURES TEAM works to provide unparalleled customer service on land and underwater. Our scuba instructors have more than 10,000 logged dives at destinations around the world and ensure students have fun while learning how to dive. The friendly retail staff works hard to find the best equipment for each customer’s needs; all are certified divers with extensive knowledge about the sport and equipment. Our certified swim teachers use the latest teaching techniques and they love teaching kids how to swim!


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Custom Home Builder Curt Hofer & Associates 2332 Bob Boozer Drive Omaha, NE 68130 402.758.0440

Your Home. Your Builder…Exceptional.


UTHENTIC, HIGHLY INDIVIDUAL, HIGH-END homes, renovations, and additions—exquisitely

detailed and expertly executed. At Curt Hofer & Associates, we’ve been responsible for designing and building some of the area’s most exceptional homes for over 20 years. With each, we prove that truly remarkable results occur when you bring together the right combination of people, the perfect complement of talents and the belief that working in partnership with the client. Time and again, we’re rewarded with the confidence and compliments, along with awards ranging from “Best of Omaha” to national recognition by some of the leading homebuilder associations.

Known as much for our people as we are for our work.


SK ANYONE WHO HAS ever built a home with Curt Hofer & Associates and there’s a good chance the conversation center on the people who make up our team. From our award-winning design, to our construction management and budgeting, to the superintendents who are the day-to-day face of our company. Everyone brings a unique set of individual strengths and talents to every project we undertake. Together, we are able to create high-end homes that you’d see in a magazine and yet still feel like home.


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Custom Home Builder Curt Hofer & Associates 2332 Bob Boozer Drive Omaha, NE 68130 402-758-0440

Building relationships that last with service.


ASTING RELATIONSHIPS SEEM TO be a byproduct of what

we build at Curt Hofer & Associates. For some clients, it’s meant building more than one once-in-a-lifetime home. For others, it’s an open-ended invitation to stop by anytime. For most, it’s knowing they can count on us to provide them with the service and attention they need as they enjoy living in the homes we build. Sometimes, it’s as simple as answering a question or providing a referral for additional work or the request for someone to come oversee routine maintenance. At Curt Hofer & Associates, we’re happy to oblige.

Take time for what’s important.


T CURT HOFER & Associates, it really means something to us to be considered the area’s most

respected and inspired, high-end homebuilder. While our work is important to us, we never forget our responsibility to the community we call home. As a company, we’ve participated in the efforts of such organizations as Habitat for Humanity and in providing assistance to needy families during the holiday season. As individuals, our people are actively involved in charities and other activities that help to support the spirit of community and philanthropy that makes Omaha a great place to call home. New homes, remodeling, renovations, and additions—see how Curt Hofer & Associates makes your project exceptional.

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Art Galleries Dundee Gallery


4916 Underwood Ave Lower Level Omaha, NE 68132

Describe Dundee Gallery’s shopping atmosphere.


OCATED IN OMAHA’S HISTORIC Dundee, the Dundee Gallery

is home to an outstanding collection of paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, photography, woodwork, prints and jewelry. Dundee Gallery strives to provide a showcase for supporting exceptional artistic talent in our region and create an appreciation and desire for fine art in homes and businesses throughout the community. We offer affordable, fresh, bold, original pieces of art in a warm and appealing environment.

How would you describe your merchandise?


UNDEE GALLERY FEATURES WORK from over 75 local and regional artists. Our inventory showcases many gift items, including handmade cards, stained glass photo frames, functional and decorative pottery and blown glass bowls. We carry an extensive selection of jewelry created by 15+ local artists, and have a large collection of paintings in a broad range of styles. We receive merchandise weekly and continually expand our featured artists. Dundee Gallery holds several exhibitions a year and participates in Omaha First Fridays.

Cabinetry Eurowood Custom Cabinets, Inc. 402.393.4110

3415 S. 67th St. Omaha, NE 68106

Share with us some history about Eurowood Cabinets.


INCE OUR INCEPTION IN 1985, the goal of the Eurowood team

has remained constant: provide an unsurpassed quality product at extraordinary service levels. Locally owned, Eurowood Cabinets is located in what was formerly the Omaha Racquetball Club; the building was redesigned in 1997 to house our cabinet company at 3415 South 67th Street.

What makes Eurowood Cabinets stand out in the Omaha market?


HETHER YOU ARE DREAMING of old world opulence, clean-

lined Craftsman, sleek contemporary or anything in between, you will find all the fine details and craftsmanship at Eurowood Cabinets to bring your vision to life. With a showroom and design staff on site ready to design to your individual taste and desires, our large manufacturing and staging area is hard at work making your dream a reality.


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Lighting Fixtures Echo Systems 402-334-4900

4315 S 120th St Omaha NE 68137

Share with us some history about Echo Systems and what products/services you provide. CHO SYSTEMS IS PART of the larger Echo Group, with more than 400 employees, and has served the region for the past 50 years. We specialize in Home Theater, Home Automation, Lighting Design, Lighting Control, Music Systems and Motorized Shading. Echo Systems is currently building a state-of-the-art showroom that will be of high value to anybody building or remodeling in this region.


Describe your employees and how they contribute to your success. CHO SYSTEMS IS FORTUNATE to have the best and brightest in the industry working to help us stand out from the competition. Our technicians start with careful design and engineering of the systems we provide. We are obsessive about customer service, intent on keeping our clients for life. Our employees also give back to our community. One example is our support of Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. Echo Systems contributes and maintains the Bemis Micro Cinema. We are also working on future art projects that require creative audio/video engineering.


Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery 6780 South 118th Street Omaha NE 68137 402.331.0662

What value-added services make Ferguson stand out in Omaha?


UR NEW SHOWROOM IS a real asset to homeowners, designers

and contractors. Customers can browse through beautiful kitchen and bath vignettes displaying the latest design trends and technology. The showroom has a dedicated Kohler area and a working DTV shower. The new location also features designer lighting and appliances. Ferguson is an authorized crystal dealer and offers all types of lighting for any style or budget. Appliances from today’s top manufacturers are on display throughout the showroom. The addition of a working kitchen will soon allow us to host cooking demonstrations and other events.

Describe how your employees contribute to your success.


HE PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE OF our showroom associates is the key to our success. Our consultants are extremely well-versed on all products as well as the building process, and have a passion for service. They listen to our customer’s vision and help them find exactly what they need to make their plans of a dream home become reality.

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Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Fashion Cleaners


Multiple Locations

Tell us the history of Fashion Cleaners, and how you’ve grown.


HEN KERMIT ENGH PURCHASED Fashion Cleaners in 1992, the

company, founded in the ‘40s, had one location, one van for home delivery, and nine employees. The company expanded, and in 2000, Fashion Cleaners acquired Omaha Lace Laundry. Today, after years of growth, Fashion Cleaners has five locations, two Omaha Lace locations, five delivery vans, a fire/water restoration division, (FRSTeam by Fashion Cleaners), and 55 employees, including Kermit’s daughters, Courtney and Audra.

How is your company environmentally friendly?



the hallmark of Fashion Cleaners, said Engh. “We were the first to introduce true wet-cleaning systems in Nebraska; first to employ barcoding to eliminate paper tagging; first and only user of GreenEarth cleaning solution; first to use biodegradable bagging plastic; and have nearly completed migration to clean diesel vehicles. Fashion Cleaners is passionate about being your fresh approach to clothing care.

Family Dentist The Dentists at Hillsborough 13808 W Maple Rd. Ste. 112 Omaha, NE 68164


Share some history about your company. Detail how the business has evolved and grown over the years.


R. JAY SAMUELSON STARTED Hillsborough in 1996 after seeing

a need for dental services in the newly expanded Northwest Omaha area. His vision was to offer a full range of dental services while still keeping the service personal and familiar. Dr. Jeffrey Garvey, Dr. Brian Pendley, and Dr. J.R. Demman share this vision and have expansive dental knowledge that allows THE DENTISTS at Hillsborough to stay on dentistry’s cutting edge.

What sets you apart from other dental offices?


E OFFER GENERAL DENTAL care for all ages including preven-

tive care, periodontal care, fillings, crowns, bridges, partials, and dentures. What makes us unique are the expanded services that we offer: cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, root canals, advanced 3D imaging, same-day crowns, same-day emergency care and extractions. We believe keeping up on the latest technological advances and dental procedures and giving the best dental experience possible is a huge benefit to our patients. B110 

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Home Furnishings | Accessories | Gifts House of J


12965 West Center Road Omaha, NE 68144

Tell us a bit of history of House of J.


PURCHASED HOUSE OF J in December 2002,” said owner Denise

Willett. “A friend of mine told me the business was closing and I should buy it.” Willett’s mom, JoAnn, was in poor health, so keeping the “J” seemed perfect. Willett initially kept the store’s Bel Air Plaza location as well, but later moved to Montclair Shopping Center for better exposure and traffic flow in late 2005. “And we’ve never looked back!”

How would you describe House of J?


HE HOUSE OF J is a locally owned and operated home furnishings

and gift store. Our goal is to have distinctive and unique merchandise to decorate your home and gifts that will delight your family and friends. We, “The House of J Girls”, have been helping our valued customers make their homes warm and inviting for the last eight years. We thank you Omaha for giving us this opportunity and making us your #1 Home Accessories Store.

Women’s Boutique Kajoma’s Fashion Boutique

Like us on Facebook 402.991.4477 

84th & 1st St Papillion, NE 68046

How would you describe the shopping atmosphere at Kajoma’s?


AJOMA’S OPENED ITS DOORS in 2006. The store’s motto is,

“We’re not just a boutique, we’re an experience.” Our “Must-See” Boutique offers quality customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. With merchandise scheduled for daily deliveries, there’s a continuous flow of new fashions and accessories, in a variety of styles, sizes and prices.

What makes Kajoma’s unique in the Omaha market?


S A FEMALE BUSINESS owner, it’s important to me to not just sell

clothes, but to impact women’s lives,” said owner Kim Ahlers. “We’ve worked hard to do just that -- make a difference. I’m a firm believer in ‘treat others as you would like to be treated.’” Acknowledging customers, offering assistance and ensuring complete satisfaction are top priorities among Kajoma’s helpful staff. “If they visit our store, talk to us about their day, and leave with a smile on their face, we’ve done our job!” Ahlers said.

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Pizzaria La Casa


4432 Leavenworth Omaha, NE 68105

Tell us how La Casa began, and how it’s grown.

What makes La Casa an Omaha favorite?

Kitchen & Bath Plumbing Fixtures Kitchens & Baths by Briggs


13827 Industrial Road Omaha, NE

Give us some history about Kitchens & Baths by Briggs.


ITCHENS & BATHS BY Briggs is a subsidiary of Briggs Inc. of Omaha. Briggs, Inc. is a locally owned plumbing supply company that has served the needs of the Nebraska/Iowa territory since 1906. Kitchens & Baths by Briggs is the largest decorative plumbing showroom in the Heartland. They first opened their doors in Omaha in June of 2008 in the House & Home Improvement Center located at 138th and Industrial Road. It was so successful, they opened a second location in April 2011 in Lenexa, Kansas.

What products or services do you offer homeowners?


HE SHOWROOM DISPLAYS MORE faucets and bathroom fixtures than any other store in the area. Everything from the most basic replacement product from Moen or Delta to the finest collections such as Grohe, Brizo, Rohl, Hansgrohe and more. As a Kohler Registered Showroom, they feature the most current and innovative designs for the kitchen and bathroom including sinks, toilets and accessories. Exclusive offerings from resources such as BainUltra, and Waterstone, an American-made faucet line.


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Home Cleaning Service Maids & More


6679 Sorensen Parkway  Omaha, NE 68152

Share with us some history about Maids & More. BORN AND RAISED IN Omaha, Stephanie and Jim Lovely have been

cleaning homes locally since 1995 with a nationally known franchise. They learned that customers wanted more than a company with name recognition. Customers want personalized services from PEOPLE they would know and trust. The Lovely’s founded their own local company, Maids & More, in 2005. A company that would show its belief in and commitment to professional, affordable residential cleaning services. We are proud to have earned an A+ Better Business Bureau rating also receiving the Best of Omaha recognition in 2009,2010,2011 and again in 2012. Describe your employees and how they contribute to your success.


UR TEAM OF 20 + service partners are true professionals. Their

commitment is exhibited daily through the enjoyment shown in doing our job... and in the cleaning results! Half of our staff have been our partners for over five years with three serving with us for over ten!!!! This longevity, maturity, and service knowledge really impacts the quality and consistency we, as a team, are able to deliver.

House Cleaning & Maid Services Molly Maid


Multiple Locations

What cleaning/organizing services does Molly Maid provide?

How does Molly Maid go above and beyond to contribute to the community? OLLY MAID IS PROUD to contribute to the annual Miss Molly


Foundation drive each October. The foundation supports the elimination of domestic violence by providing support for shelters and education during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The company also provides cleaning service to women diagnosed with cancer through the CLEANING FOR A REASON organization, as well as donates to many great causes, including ONE WORLD COMMUNITY HEALTH and The Humane Society.

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Sprinkler Systems Nature’s Helper


2129 S. 156th Circle Omaha, NE 68130

What products/services does Nature’s Helper provide?


ATURE’S HELPER HAS BEEN keeping the Omaha metro area’s lawns

green and lush for 13 years. Besides installing sprinklers, we also service all brands of irrigation systems and offer spring start-ups, mid-season checks and winterizations. In winter, we light up customers’ homes and businesses for seasonal displays. Our family-owned business understands home and business owners who want beautiful lawns and holiday lights. That’s why we’ve been voted Best of Omaha for three years running.

What makes your company environmentally friendly?


ATURE’S HELPER HAS A complete line of “green” products for your lawn. We specialize in water-efficient sprinkler systems, and can show customers how to save up to half their outdoor watering bills by using new technology, including smart controllers, weather monitors, and PRS sprinkler heads, which reduce the head pressure so the water sprays more efficiently. Just switching to PRS heads alone can save the average homeowner over 45,000 gallons of water annually.

Garage Doors | Windows & Doors Omaha Door & Window 4665 ‘G’ Street Omaha, NE 68117

402-733-6440 1-800-383-0083

How has Omaha Door & Window been so successful for over 50 Years?


MAHA DOOR & WINDOW has been family owned and operated

since 1959. We have consistently provided our customers with a wide selection of quality products purchased directly from top manufacturers at the lowest prices, thereby passing on the savings to our customers. We install, remodel, service, and finance all the products we sell. We also repair many product brands we don’t sell. We keep our customers coming back by providing excellent service.

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Garage Doors & Openers Windows Entry Doors Patio Doors Storm Doors & Windows Siding Sunrooms

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24-Hr Emergency Service Attic Insulation Gutter Protection Hollow Metal Entry Doors Loading Dock Equipment Commercial Doors Commercial Windows

Day Spa LovelySkin Spa/LovelySkin Spa Express 2806 S 143rd Plaza Omaha, NE 68144 402.334.1226

Share some history about your company. Detail how the business has evolved and grown over the years. R. SCHLESSINGER STARTED LOVELYSKIN Spa 15 years ago with the goal of taking spa treatments to a new level and uniting his passion for dermatology with the personal care and pampering that certified aestheticians could provide. With the arrival of LovelySkin retail store, the spa was renamed from Aesthetica to LovelySkin Spa, reflecting the focus on the blending of science and beauty with his medical practice. Our staff of five full-time aestheticians is specially trained by Dr. Schlessinger and performs procedures that have been specially created for medical and cosmetic benefits. They are also experts on integrating skincare products such as mineral-based makeup and other cosmeceuticals. Additionally, LovelySkin Spa Express operates at our LovelySkin retail location, offering many of the same procedures in a format specially designed to easily fit into anyone’s time schedule.


List the health and beauty products and/or services you provide through your business. Any areas of specialty? E OFFER A WIDE range of services in LovelySkin Spa that not only help improve your appearance but also make you feel good. Our customers leave feeling pampered and relaxed. In our practice, Dr. Schlessinger (also in this issue for Best Cosmetic Surgeon and Best Dermatologist) provides BOTOX®, Dysport™, JUVEDERM®, Perlane® and Restylane® treatments, while our aestheticians provide face and body treatments including VelaShape, SilkPeel and microdermabrasions. They also offer a variety of facials, peels and hair removal treatments.


Describe your employees, and how they contribute to your company’s success. UR LICENSED AND CERTIFIED aestheticians are trained to promote your skin’s beautification process while providing you with a serene, multi-sensory experience. Their extensive knowledge gives them the background they need to not only pamper our customers but actually improve their skin and appearance. All of our spa employees have a positive attitude and a true passion for providing the best customer service and experience for each client. Because of our attention to detail and personal care we have many repeat customers. We are so thankful for their loyalty to us and the fact that they helped us reach the Winner’s Circle. Why do so many customers trust and rely on you for their health and beauty needs? UR SERVICES GO FAR beyond what is offered at a standard day spa. Our staff ’s medical expertise and training by Dr. Schlessinger makes us more than just a place to get pampered – we can actually help to treat and improve your skin. In addition, our customers feel comfortable when they come in and see the “Best of Omaha” signage– it demonstrates that we are a place to be trusted. Dr. Schlessinger also has the distinction of winning Elle Magazine’s “Elle Genius Skin” Award. The award recognizes only a few dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons each year for their pioneering work and research in the field of skin care.



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General Contractor | Remodeling R.D. Schuller

Phone: 402.333.8181 Fax: 402.333.9650

2315 South 168th St Omaha, NE 68130

Tell us how your business began and how it’s grown.

How do your employees contribute to your success?

Pilates One Pilates


15732 W Center Rd Omaha, NE 68130

Tell us how One Pilates got its start.


HRIS KNIGHT HAS PRACTICED Pilates, an exercise system focused

on building strength without bulk and improving flexibility and agility, for years. Thinking it would be fun to “work” at something she loved, she took her practical and written exams for Stott Pilates certification in July 2009. Knight opened her Pilates studio in her home with one reformer, and soon added a second. Running out of room, she relocated to her West Center studio in April 2010. Since then, two more reformers have joined her team.

What makes One Pilates successful for so many clients?


TEND TO TEACH SMALLER classes so I can focus on individuals’ needs,” said Knight. She has certifications in reformer & ISP, Injuries and Special Populations. “When our bodies feel better our minds tend to follow suit.” Chris strives to keep the studio a positive, friendly and calm space for her clients. They benefit from building longer, leaner, stronger bodies. “I benefit, too, by getting to know each of my clients personally.”


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Cosmetic Surgeon Joel Schlessinger, M.D./Skin Specialists, P.C. 2806 S 143rd Plaza Omaha, NE 68144  402.334.7546  •  1.800.757.7546 (Toll Free)

Share some history about your company. Detail how the business has evolved and grown over the years. R. SCHLESSINGER HAS BEEN practicing dermatology and cosmetic surgery for 20 years and has been voted Best Cosmetic Surgeon 12 years in a row by the Omaha Magazine Best of Omaha Poll, and now Best Dermatologist in this first year of this category. Dr. Schlessinger is an outstanding and caring professional who has been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other national magazines. He personally performs all injections and cosmetic treatments given to his patients. Patients come from across the world to see him and clinical opportunities for new lasers and cosmetic treatments were available in Omaha years before they were out for general use due to Dr. Schlessinger’s clinical trials unit. List the health and beauty products and/or services you provide through your business. Any areas of specialty?



E OFFER A VARIETY of the latest cosmetic surgery procedures and

treatments, including wrinkle treatments, BOTOX® and Dysport™, and fillers, including, Restylane®, Perlane® and JUVEDERM®; body treatments such as tumescent liposuction, SmartLipo and cellulite treatments; and laser treatments, including Fraxel laser treatment and laser hair removal. We also offer specialty treatments such as LATISSE®, tattoo removal and birthmark removal. Dr. Schlessinger is continually educating himself and his staff on the current trends and treatments in cosmetic surgery. Describe your employees, and how they contribute to your company’s success. UR EMPLOYEES ARE WELL-EDUCATED and highly skilled professionals, trained to give our customers the best results from their cosmetic surgeries. Each employee is selected based on their educational background, bedside manner, attention to detail and patient care. We take the utmost care of all of our patients in regard to confidentiality, health and happiness. Our practice simply could not succeed without the dedicated, professional staff that works tirelessly to make sure each patient is well cared for and happy. Why do so many customers trust and rely on you for their health and beauty needs? E ARE ON THE forefront of research in cosmetic surgery and consistently try to improve our practice and procedures through continuous education, research and training. Earlier this year, Dr. Schlessinger was honored to win Elle magazine’s “Elle Genius” Award, which recognizes only a few dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons each year for their work and research in the field of skin care. Dr. Schlessinger takes this one step further by also educating the entire cosmetic surgery community. As the founder of Cosmetic Surgery Forum, an annual conference held in Las Vegas, he presents a multi-specialty educational symposium for hundreds of dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons on the latest cosmetic surgery and dermatologic procedures.



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Frozen Yogurt | Smoothies Red Mango

Shops of Legacy 16950 Wright Plz., Ste. 151  Omaha, NE 68130

One Pacifi c Place 10349 Pacifi c St. Omaha, NE 68114 cPlace

Downtown Omaha 808 N. 13 St. Omaha, NE 68102

What does being voted Best of Omaha® say about your business?


EING VOTED #1 FROZEN yogurt and #1 smooth-

ies in the “Best of Omaha” shows the customer focused environment and hard work of our staff is being recognized. Whether you’re downtown, at One Pacific Place, or West Omaha you can stop into a Red Mango and choose a bowl of frozen yogurt and top it to your heart’s content or have one of our fresh fruit and yogurt smoothies or parfaits. Kids enjoy how fun it is to create their own treat and parents love the fact that they are able to provide their kids an all natural, healthy dessert. Thank you, Omaha!

Windows & Doors Renewal by Andersen


2809 S 125th Ave, #376 Omaha, NE

Share with us some history about your company.



Andersen of Omaha, has been in business since 1951. We are a thirdgeneration, family-owned business with six locations across the Midwest. We are the window replacement division of Andersen Windows, drawing on the Andersen brand history and tradition of over 107 years of quality, innovation and craftsmanship.

List the products and/or services you offer homeowners.


ITH RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN’S start-to-finish window replace-

ment process, you get custom-crafted, energy-efficient windows and doors professionally installed by the finest craftsmen in the business. Best of all, we stand behind our products and installation with one of the strongest warranties in the window replacement business. The quality of our replacement windows is second only to the exceptional people who install them. B118 

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Dermatologist Joel Schlessinger, M.D./Skin Specialists, P.C. 2806 S. 143rd Plaza Omaha, NE 68144  402.334.7546  •  1.800.757.7546 (Toll Free)

Share some history about your company. Detail how the business has evolved and grown over the years. OUNDED BY BOARD-CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST and cosmetic surgeon, Joel Schlessinger, M.D., in 1993, Skin Specialists, P.C., is the premier dermatology resource and clinic in the state of Nebraska, treating conditions ranging from acne to skin cancer. Dr. Schlessinger always strives to provide solution-oriented and patient-focused medical care. With a reputation of being the best and with consistent write-ups in national magazines ranging from Glamour and Allure to The New York Times, Dr. Schlessinger is an outstanding and caring professional who works to provide the best care for his patients and find new treatments and innovative solutions for medical conditions. With a staff of over 40 in the medical practice and over 75 overall, Skin Specialists, P.C., has grown exponentially over the past 19 years to meet the needs of patients.


List the health and beauty products and/or services you provide through your business. Any areas of specialty? OEL SCHLESSINGER, M.D. IS an expert in all areas of dermatology, from acne, eczema and warts to Mohs skin cancer surgery, psoriasis and rosacea. Besides offering general dermatology solutions to skin problems, Dr. Schlessinger also offers a variety of professional physician-only products for purchase, including his signature skin care line, LovelySkin and the new FixMySkin Healing Balms (patent pending) with 1% hydrocortisone, invented by Dr. Schlessinger and his son, Daniel. His clinic is known for its world-class treatments and solutions to skin problems and top-notch products to address many skin concerns. Describe your employees, and how they contribute to your company’s success. LL OF OUR EMPLOYEES are well-trained professionals who excel in



their skills and in customer service. We aspire to make sure that each person who comes through our doors will be warmly greeted and treated with respect. Our employees are dedicated and caring professionals who work extremely hard to give the best service to each and every patient. Each employee is carefully interviewed and personally selected by Dr. Schlessinger to ensure that they adhere to the mission of Skin Specialists, P.C. With over 75 employees between the medical practice and website, our staff is always growing. Why do so many customers trust and rely on you for their health and beauty needs? FTER OVER 19 YEARS, our practice has grown from a single dermatology


clinic to include cosmetic dermatology, a clinical research facility, a worldclass day spa, a retail store and an e-commerce site. Dr. Schlessinger has received numerous awards for his work in general and cosmetic dermatology, including Who’s Who in America and America’s Top Doctors. US News & World Report recently elected him as one of America’s Best Dermatologists/Best Doctors; and earlier this year, he won Elle magazine’s “Elle Genius” Award. Dr. Schlessinger is also the inventor of two professional skin care lines, LovelySkin and co-inventor with his son of the new FixMySkin line of 1% hydrocortisone balms..

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Fence & Railings S& W Fence


15803 Pacifi c St. Omaha, NE

Tell us the history of S&W Fence.


&W FENCE IS A family-owned business that’s been providing quality

products and workmanship since 1960. S&W Fence was started by Bill Welniak and Frank “Chic” Szeliga. They operated out of Bill’s garage until Bill’s son, Mike, purchased the company in 1982. Mike moved S&W to its current location at 158th and Pacific Street in 1985. S&W Fence was built by hard work and dedication to a quality product, and we continue to operate with the same core values that the company was founded on.

What makes S&W Fence stand out in the Omaha market?


&W FENCE OFFERS A wide selection of options, including wood,

vinyl, chain link and steel, all with expert installation, and we’re constantly searching out new products to offer our customers. S&W Fence also designs and fabricates custom ornamental iron and aluminum railings, fences, spiral staircases and gates. So whether you want security, privacy or elegance S&W Fence has the fence or railing to meet your needs!

Heating | A/C | Plumbing | Electrical Service One

9335 J Street Omaha, NE 68127

Phone:  402.593.1111 Fax: 402.339.8704

What services does ServiceOne provide its customers?

What makes you stand out in the Omaha market?


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Sandwiches PepperJax Grill Multiple Locations

How did PepperJax Grill get its start?


ORN & RAISED IN Omaha, Nebraska! PepperJax Grill opened its first

quick casual restaurant at 132nd & Center in Omaha in 2002 by its founders, Gary and Linda Rohwer. Gary and Linda wanted to offer folks the absolute best Philly Steak Sandwich in the country…prepared fresh and grilled right before your eyes. That’s why they started PepperJax Grill.

What makes the Famous Philly so famous?


INCE 1978, GARY ROHWER is arguably one of the world’s foremost experts in creating a truly Famous Philly Steak Sandwich. In fact, Gary developed and patented the perfectly sliced sirloin steak that makes the legendary famous Philly Steak Sandwiches so delicious at PepperJax Grill. As a result of years of careful research and development by Gary Rohwer, the Famous Philly Steak Sandwich served at PepperJax Grill is packed full of specially seasoned sliced sirloin steak, fresh vegetables, and plenty of cheese on a fresh Philadelphia hearth-baked roll created just for PepperJax Grill. This unique combination makes for an award winning flavor in every bite!

Why do folks crave PepperJax Grill?


T’S ALL ABOUT THE flavor! The menu at PepperJax Grill offers plenty

of options. Choose from Famous Phillies, Gourmet Rice Bowls, Giant Wraps, and Fresh Salads. Everything is cooked fresh to order right before your eyes! Customers can choose from Steak, Chicken, Shrimp, & Veggies all with PepperJax Grill’s special seasoning. PepperJax Grill is famous for its award winning flavor and huge portions. Eat What You Crave!

How has PepperJax Grill grown?


ODAY, PEPPERJAX GRILL CONTINUES to grow in popularity. There

are now 10 restaurant locations in Nebraska and Kansas, with expansion being planned into Missouri and Iowa early next year. It seems that once folks try PepperJax Grill they tell their friends, family, neighbors, and even complete strangers…. and they keep coming back again and again.

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Child Party Provider SkateDaze


3616 S 132nd St Omaha, NE 68144

Share some history of your company, and how it’s grown.


KATEDAZE WAS ORIGINALLY ONE of seven area roller skating

rinks owned and operated by the Cernik family. When the 132nd Street location opened in 1983, roller skating was its only attraction. Since then, a three-story Playdazium, Omaha’s best laser tag, bumper cars, a roller coaster, a rock wall, and 75 arcade games have been added. Sixty-five years later, the Cernik family carries on the legacy of family fun.

List the entertainment services and/or products you provide.


KATEDAZE HAS PROBABLY HOSTED more birthday parties than

any other place in Omaha. The 45,000-sq.-ft. facility has something for everyone and is available year round. Party guests get access to great rides and attractions with their very own party room located right next to the action! Each party also comes with food and drink options, including freshly made pizza. It’s no wonder SkateDaze was named “Best of Omaha” for child party provider.

Home Audio The Sound Environment


11021 Elm Street  in Rockbrook Village Omaha, NE 68144

Tell us a little about The Sound Environment.



and Home Automation systems in new and existing homes. Located in Rockbrook Village, we are locally owned, serving Nebraska for more than 40 years. We are nationally known and have created systems in residences from New York to Hawaii.

What makes you stand out in the Omaha Market


E ARE TRUSTED BECAUSE our mission is to listen to our clients

and create systems that meet their needs and expectations. We are well known for continued service after the sale. For that reason we have customers that have been with us for more than twenty years and for whom we have created systems in several residences in different locations.


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Hamburgers Stella’s


106 Galvin Rd S Bellevue, NE 68005

Tell us a bit about Stella’s history.


TELLA’S IS A RESTAURANT rich in tradition and history. “Stella’s”

is the name of its founder, Estelle Francois Sullivan Tober, Bellevue’s first tavern owner (“Grandma’s”) and the creator of the famous “Stella Hamburger.” Stella’s picture is still prominently displayed in the bar. Her son, Al Sullivan and his wife, Mary, took over full-time management of the restaurant in the mid ‘70s, and later sold the business to their cousin, Stephanie Francois, who is Stella’s great, great niece.

What makes Stella’s so popular?


T’S THE “WORLD FAMOUS” cheeseburgers and the down-to-earth

friendliness that continues to set Stella’s apart from a state full of burger joints. The burgers are, well, greasy, and that’s part of what makes them so good. The hamburger is fresh, never frozen, rolled into a 6 ½-ounce ball, and hand-pressed onto a cast iron grill. The same “World Famous” burgers and fries are still served today as the family secrets were handed down, and the original well-seasoned griddle is still in use.

Florist Taylor’s Flowers 12330 K Plz #113 402.733.2322


Tell us about Taylor’s Flowers and how it’s grown through the years?


AYLOR’S FLOWERS IS A family-owned, full-service floral business,

serving consumers of all ages, corporations, and private organizations for events of all sizes. After 50 years in South Omaha, the floral shop moved westward to the L Street Marketplace in 2011. Since relocating, Taylor’s has experienced a 50 percent increase in walk-in sales and a 10 percent increase in both Internet orders and daily deliveries.

To what do you attribute Taylor’s Flowers success and longevity?


COTT TAYLOR IS THE third-generation owner of the floral business. “My father taught me everything I needed to know about this business…discipline, patience, and the understanding necessary for the floral industry.” Taylor also credits the shop’s use of only the freshest cut flowers, highest quality plant products, and great service at a fair price for its success. “And our staff has a pulse on all the latest trends.”

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Ice Cream Ted & Wally’s


1120 Jackson Street Omaha, NE 68102

Tell us a little about Ted & Wally’s.

What makes Ted & Wally’s unique in the Omaha market?

Brick Oven Pizza Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano 13110 Birch Dr Omaha, NE 68164



Tell us some history about Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano.


URLO’S BISTRO ITALIANO’S NAME originates from the head

chef, Enzo Zurlo. First born American in his family, Enzo was born and raised in New York in the restaurant industry, where his passion and love for food was developed. Keeping his Italian heritage close, Chef Zurlo brings Omaha a “Classic and Innovative” menu that is sure to please every palate. Zurlo’s is a locally owned and operated establishment.

What makes Zurlo’s an Omaha favorite and a great value to your customers?


URLO’S KEEPS CUSTOMERS COMING back time after time by

staying true to our philosophy of providing food made with fresh, quality ingredients, served in a friendly, comfortable, casual setting. We pride ourselves on giving every guest personal service in every aspect of our business, from the food to the overall experience. We add a homemade flair to each recipe and enhance the flavor of each dish. And we do all this while still maintaining a price-point perfect for all budgets.


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Decorative Concrete & Garage Flooring Garage Floor Coatings of Nebraska/ Schroder Concrete Garagefl 402.660.2900

Share with us some history about your company.



concrete contractor for homebuilders. We took our first stamped concrete class by Stampcrete International from Ready Mixed concrete in 2002. We then went to Atlanta’s Decorative Concrete Institute for decorative finishes like engraving, acid stains, and dyes. We also attended Buddy Rhodes’ concrete countertop classes in San Francisco. In 2010, we invested in Garage Floor, and doubled the number of installed coatings within the last year.

List the products and/or services you offer homeowners. Detail any areas of specialization.


UR DECORATIVE CONCRETE SKILLS have evolved over the past

10 years. We can take a plain concrete floor to a simple one-color dye or stain to multi-color floors that can be cut into intricate patterns and radius cuts that are easily maintained and allergy free. Most driveways, patios, and other flatwork we tear out are completed in one day. Some of our recent accomplishments include a detailed 500 square-foot engraved/stained tribute at Werner Park’s main entrance and a 5,000 square-foot multi-colored/stained pattern driveway, walk, and steps at Warren Buffett’s home.

What value-added services do you provide customers that make you stand out in the Omaha market?


ITH ALL OF THE products and services that we provide, we continu-

ally strive for the highest quality and value. For the last few years, we’ve been getting the same comment from our customers: “Thank you for coming when you said you were going to and doing what you said for the price it was quoted for.”

Describe your employees and how they contribute to your success.


UR SUCCESS CAN BE directly attributed to our employees. Of

eight employees, two have been with Schroder Concrete since its inception, and two others have been here for 10 years.

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Interior Design Firm The Designers

12123 Emmet Street  Omaha, NE 68164 402.498.8777

Share with us some history about your company.



original store in the 100 year old Haven Mansion at 39th & Dodge Street. She restored the mansion and eventually it earned designation as a National Historic Landmark. We moved to our current 8,000 sq. ft store for the convenience of our clients and accessibility. We now feature our growing home furnishing resources in more spacious showrooms after 31 years of business.

List the products and/or services you offer homeowners. Detail any areas of specialization.


E FOCUS ON FANTASTIC home furnishings in all price ranges. It is our goal, when you visit our display vignettes, that you actually touch and feel, sit and experiment with our furniture, art, lamps and accessories. The showroom helps us to be more efficient with our interior design clients and regular shoppers. We produce results more quickly. “Trips to market” or “shopping” can be reduced to a minimum.

What value-added services do you provide customers that make you stand out in the Omaha market? LL OF OUR INTERIOR designers are qualified through education and experience. We are NCIDQ certified and fulfill all registration requirements at the level of Professional Interior Designer in Nebraska and Iowa. We promote membership in American Society of Interior Designers. We provide design services to all showroom customers. We also provide long distance online interior design services through our Design from a Distance program.


Why do so many Omahans trust you with their interiors? UR AWARD WINNING PROJECTS cover over 32 years of residential, commercial, and hospitality projects. We work with new home construction from blue print stage. We love the challenges of remodeling and customizing the interior design solutions for our clients.  Interfacing with contractors and builders is an important element to completing an outstanding project, we excel at team building.



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Travel Agency Travel and Transport

Headquarters: 72nd & Mercy • 402.399.4500

Share some history about your company.


RAVEL AND TRANSPORT ALL started when a city hall reporter for the Omaha

World Herald, Lawrence Youngman, thought there was a need for a travel organization in Omaha. In 1946, Lawrence and Mae Youngman opened the doors of Travel and Transport. The first ticket sold was for Youngman’s friend. Youngman went to the airport, bought the United Airlines ticket at retail price, and sold it to his friend for retail price. Sixty-five years later, Travel and Transport serves as the 5th largest travel management company in the US and has 86 locations in 38 states. We proudly employ over 700 dedicated employee-owners servicing clients in the Omaha area and throughout the world.

List the products and/or services your company provides. Describe any areas of specialization.


OR 65 YEARS, OMAHA has turned to Travel and Transport for travel

planning and management. From our innovative corporate travel management solutions and meeting and incentive planning, to our expertise in planning unforgettable vacations, our employee-owners recognize that their job is much more than simply arranging travel. Some of the value-added services that we provide include emergency and VIP services, non-refundable ticket tracking, development and implementation of cost avoidance strategies, dedicated Account Managers with over 20 years experience, knowledgeable travel counselors committed to excellence, and a suite of advanced reporting and technology solutions designed around the needs of our clients. We are proud to have recently worked with Client Resources Inc. (CRi) in Omaha to assist in the development of our mobile app, eTTek Dash, one of the first travel-centric mobile apps available on the market. CRi worked closely with our developers to create a truly unique offering to our travelers.

Why do so many customers trust and rely on you for their transportation needs?


S A 100 PERCENT employee-owned company, Travel and Transport is dedicated to ensuring that

we are creating customized travel management solutions that exceed the goals of our customers. Our success is driven by the partnerships that we have formed throughout the years. Trust and honesty is the cornerstone to any successful partnership, and we work on a daily basis to ensure we are exceeding expectations. We feel very fortunate to have been honored with the Best of Omaha award for several years. It’s through our partnerships and our clients’ belief in us that we have been so successful.

Describe your employees. How do they contribute to your success?


ANY COMPANIES SAY THEIR people make the difference, but at Travel and Transport, we can truly stand behind this statement. Being 100 percent employee-owned means that our employees have a vested interest in providing excellent customer service and diligently working to keep costs low for our clients. Every one of our 700+ employees has a voice within our company to exceed expectations and deliver extraordinary travel management services.

january/february  •  2012 


Pizza Zio’s Pizzeria

7834 Dodge Street   402.391.1881  12997 W. Center Rd.   402.330.1444 1109 Howard St. in the Old Market   402.344.2222

Tell us about Zio’s long, award-winning history in Omaha.


IO’S PIZZERIA HAS BEEN serving “hand-stretched” New York-style

pizza and calzones for 26 years! In that time, Zio’s has received 31 “best pizza” awards. Zio’s has three locations, all locally owned since 1985. All Zio’s locations are open 7 days a week for dine-in and takeout. The Old Market location offers limited delivery at lunch and dinner. Voted Omaha’s #1 pizza for several years by Omaha Magazine, The Reader, and Choice of Big O, Zio’s maintains a loyal following. Zio’s guests love the wide array of “bountiful” toppings. With more than 40 fresh toppings, the guests are able to customize the singe slice, the whole pie or the calzone. Zio’s loyal guests enjoy great N.Y. style pizza, with fresh ingredients and a good beer selection! Pizza by the slice is available all day long!!

What items are featured on Zio’s extensive menu?


UR MENU ALSO FEATURES several delicious pizza combos, mini

and dinner calzones, pasta, salads, hoagies, hot wings, ravioli, and great selection of beer and wine. Enjoy Zio’s margaritas with hot wings, Thai wings, BBQ wings or triple cheese garlic bread. Gluten free pizzas are also available. Thank you for voting Zio’s #1 pizza again!!!

What makes Zio’s an Omaha favorite, and keeps customers coming back for more?


IO’S SIGNATURE NEW YORK-STYLE crust is thin in the middle, thicker

at the edge! Each pizza and calzone is baked in the old world ovens with love and care. High-quality ingredients and toppings and dough are a top priorities at Zio’s. The dough is made fresh every morning; all our meats such as beef, sausage, and three varieties of chicken are cooked fresh daily! Zio’s uses only 100 percent Angus beef and natural chicken, free of antibiotics and growth hormones. Our food items are trans fat-free. Our customers love the choices at lunch, slices served hot in a fast and friendly manner.

How does Zio’s offer its customers great value for their money?


IO’S IS THE BEST local option to satisfy your pizza craving. The pies

are served hot and fresh with fantastic service, atmosphere, and value. The specials are available Monday thru Friday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Slice, Salad, Soda • Please order at the counter during • 2 Slices & Soda lunch special. The guest choose • Mini Calzone, salad, soda their 2 favorite toppings and • Hoagie or pasta with salad Zio’s custom makes their slices or and soda calzone, all fresh from scratch.


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Dining & Fun Upstream Brewing Company Old Market 402-344-0200 Legacy 402-778-0100

Share with us some history about Upstream Brewing Company, and how the business has grown.


PSTREAM BREWING COMPANY OPENED in the fall of 1996 in the

former Firehouse Dinner Theater building in the Omaha’s Old Market. We named our restaurant Upstream because the word is the Indian translation for Omaha which means “upstream” or “against the current”. The first weeks were crazy, with a busy dining room and lines of guests waiting to get into the second-floor bar and pool room every Friday and Saturday night. From the beginning, we had a great following, and for that we want to thank everyone in Omaha for supporting our business! The idea for Upstream Brewing Company came from seeing Wynkoop Brewing Company of Denver, Colorado, which we eventually partnered with to get our business off the ground. Our mantra was Good Times, Real Beer and Great Food. We saw our business grow every year, and then bought our Denver partners out in 2002. By that time, we had added a rooftop deck and a party room and were using every bit of our 20,000-square-foot building. In 2004, we opened our West Omaha restaurant in a completely different market. We’ve had hundreds of terrific employees over the past 15 years, and it’s always fun to see them come back with kids in tow. Everything is in flux, as we’re always looking at ways to do things a little different or offer something new. And we couldn’t have done any of it without the support of all of the great guests that have come through the doors all these years. We’re looking forward to many more to come!

What signature menu item(s) or specialty dishes is Upstream Brewing Company known for?


HERE ARE A LOT of “Upstream Favorites” on our menus, and the elimi-

nation of any of them would cause an uprising, so they stay put. Here are just a few: Hot Artichoke & Asiago Cheese Dip with Garlic Beer Bread Toasts; Beer Braised Pot Roast; Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Grilled Chili Dusted Ribeye with Spicy Srirachi Mayonnaise; Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta with Red Pepper Cream; our Brewer’s Burger and Caramel Bread Pudding. We’re really picky when it comes to food. Everything is made from scratch and we don’t skimp on the quality. We use Omaha Steaks® beef, fresh (not frozen) chicken, fresh fish flown in several days a week and fresh vegetables. We also bake all of our breads and desserts on a daily basis in our on-site bakeries. All of this is done by a great kitchen staff, many of which have been with us for years.

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Joel Schlessinger, M.D. specializes in general dermatology and cosmetic surgery services with solution-oriented and patient-focused medical care. Whether your needs are medical or cosmetic, Dr. Schlessinger has the expertise and knowledge to find a treatment plan for you. Our newest entrant to the Best of Omaha, LovelySkin Spa, offers customized skin care treatments such as facials, peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion - all under the direction of Dr. Schlessinger and a staff of 5 full-time estheticians. and LovelySkin flagship store offer premiere and physician-only skin care and cosmetic products from over 200 brands, including specialty and hard-to-find niche products with a medical benefit.

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Best of Omaha® 2012 Results & Profiles