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    PUBLISHERTODD LEMKE

    ACCOUNTSPublishers Assistant &

    Omaha Home Contributing Editor SANDY MATSON

    Vice President GREG BRUNS

    Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing

    GIL COHEN

    Senior Sales Executive & 60 Plus in Omaha Contributing Editor

    GWEN LEMKE

    Branding Specialists SHELBY DEVENY

    KYLE FISHER ANGIE HALL

    GEORGE IDELMAN

    Sales Associates JESSICA CULLINANE

    DAWN DENNIS ALICIA SMITH HOLLINS

    JUSTIN IDELMAN JESSICA LINHART

    OPERATIONSVice President of Operations

    TYLER LEMKE

    Event Director ERIN COX

    Accountant HOLLEY GARCIA-CRUZ

    Distribution Manager MIKE BREWER

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    EDITORIALEditor

    DAVID WILLIAMS

    Associate Editor DAISY HUTZELL-RODMAN

    Editorial Intern KATHERINE NOWICKI

    Contributing Writers ROBERT NELSON

    JAMES VNUK

    CREATIVECreative Director BILL SITZMANN

    Art Director KRISTEN HOFFMAN

    Senior Graphic Designer RACHEL JOY

    Graphic Designer MATTHEW WIECZOREK

    Graphic Design Intern DEREK TAUBERT

    Contributing Illustrator GRAHAM BURKUM

    Best of Omaha 2016

    VOLUME 32 ISSUE 6

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Best of Omaha 2016Table of Contents

    DEPARTMENTS

    6 Your Best of Omaha Team Omaha Magazine, KETV 7, and Baxter Arena

    7 From the Editor

    8 List-O-Mania The Best of Omaha? The Best is Omaha.

    10 Congratulations Messages from Civic Leader

    11 Results Opener The How it Works of the Best of Omaha Contest

    162 Wrapping Things Up James Vnuk

    BEST OF OMAHA 2016 WINNERS

    14 Dining

    36 Family

    48 Health & Beauty

    66 Household

    98 Nightlife

    106 Retail

    118 Services

    132 Transportation

    SPECIAL SECTION

    143 Best of Omaha Winner Profiles

  • ARIEL ROBLIN President and General Manager KETV 7Media Sponsor

    TODD LEMKE Publisher Omaha Magazine

    MIKE CERA General ManagerUNO/Community ArenaBest of Omaha Festival Host

    YOUR BEST OF OMAHA TEAM

    Photo courtesy of the University of Nebraska at Omaha

    On behalf of the Baxter Arena, we are hon-ored to hostOmaha Magazines2015 Best of Omaha Festival. This event is an oppor-tunity for our community to experience the best companies and services that Omaha has to offer in one of the newest, most exciting facilities in Omaha. On behalf of the Baxter Arena, I would like to congratulate the 2016 Best Of Omaha Winners.

    It is our pleasure to introduce to you the Best of Omaha winners for 2016. The success of last years stand-alone Best of Omaha maga-zine and festival enticed us to do it again, and do it bigger. Maybe youre leafing through this at the Best of Omaha festival. Maybe youre deciding whether to go out for sushi or Middle Eastern food on a summers eve-ning. Whatever the reason for opening this magazine, one thing is for certain. Within these pages, you will find the best of the best in this communityall chosen by the com-munity. We are proud to be associated with every business, institution, and organization voted a Best of Omaha, and more proud to count you, the readers, as part of the Omaha Magazine family.

    Being named the best doesnt happen over-night. It takes time, teamwork, and a com-mitment to doing the right thing no matter how hard it is. Thats how you become the best and thats exactly what Omaha wants in their business community. What makes the Best of Omaha award such an honor is that its voted on by the people you serve every day. As Omahas News Leader, KETV is proud to be a part of Omaha Magazines Best of Omaha, celebrating the passion local businesses have in making Omaha such a great place to live. Congratulations to all the winners from everyone at KETV.

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    FROM THE EDITOR

    EDITOR DAVID WILLIAMS

    BEING AN OLD dude means that I have to be forever vigilant when it comes to not showing my age, but there seem to be little traps laid at every turn for a guy like me. I am particularly befuddled, for example, by technology. If you want to appear out of touch, there is perhaps nothing more telling than being an analog man in a digital age.

    A co-worker gently reminded me the other day, for example, that that I no longer need to refer to that pocket thingy I carry as a cell phone. Nobody under a million years old, I was informed, uses the term. Just call it a phone like everybody else does, it was suggested. But more than 25 years of saying, Call me on my cell phone if you need anything is a tough habit to break.

    And this got me thinking about The Best of Omaha. It would be branding suicide to tinker with the contest that, over the course of more than two decades, has become synonymous with ideals of excellence in this townsaying nothing of the fact that my publisher would kill me if I ever so much as floated the notionbut Im increasingly tempted to re-tag the annual effort more simply and succinctly as The Best. Thats right, I would propose we drop the of Omaha.

    Theres sound reasoning behind my thinking, and it begins and ends with my strong opinions on the city itself.

    Omaha is no longer the sleepy, quasi-backward little place I moved to in 1981. Today, being the Best of Omaha is akin to being in contention for the best anywhere. Our list of lists story on page 8 provides ample evidence that Omaha is becoming a world-class city.

    But my idea of truncating our marketing-speak is probably doomed right from the beginning. Besides picturing my publishers head exploding at the mere hint of such an idea, you just dont mess with a good thing.

    And imagine the pushback Id suffer at the hands of the 40,000 of you who cast over 700,000 individual votes in this years contest. After all, the Best of Omaha is your contest. Im sure the interwebs and my electronic mail would light up with complaints and ridicule.

    Whats that? Just like with cell phone, using such terms as interwebs and electronic mail is another sure-fire way to show my age and out-of-touch-ness?

    Oh, never mind. This is hopeless. I give up. O

    GRAHAM BURKUM IS an artist and musician who lives in Omaha with his wife and children. He founded Awful Creative in 2013, specializing in illustration and brand-ing.You can see his work all over Omaha or online at AwfulCreative.com.About the Cover

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    Best of Omaha 2016List-O-Mania

    GRANTED, THERE ARE a lot of magazines and organizations out there making Top 10 lists of cities nowadays. Its one of the top 10 favorite things to do for these folks. In all, Omaha and sur-rounding cities were ranked in 83 lists from 2013 to 2015, including a smattering of #1s. And those are just the ones we could find.

    But wade through all this chatter, boil down what matters among the rankings from the people who know best, and one fact emergesthis city, and many of the smaller cities in the metro area, are truly some of the best places to live and do business in the nation.

    #1 Best in the Midwest, The 5 Best Big Cities (Time.com/money, 2015)

    #1 Six Great Small Cities for Food Lovers (Wallstreetjournal.com, 2015)

    #1 Best U.S. Cities for Paid Internships (Time.com/money, 2015)

    #1 Top Five Animal AttractionsHenry Doorly Zoo (Family Fun Magazine, 2015)

    #1 The Top 10 Best American Cities to Work in Tech in 2015. (SmartAsset, 2015)

    #1 The U.S. Healthcare Affordability Index (Castlight Health, 2015)

    #1 Best Cities for Car Drivers (NerdWallet.com, 2015)

    #1 Best City for Active Lifestyle (Wallethub.com, 2015)

    #1 The 10 Best Cities to Raise a Family in America (Movoto Blog, 2013 and 2014)

    #1 10 Best Cities for Cheapskates (Kiplinger, 2013)

    #1 Least Financial Stresson house- holds in 77 metropolitan areas (Credibility.org, 2013)

    #1 Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Two New & Expanding Facilitiesfor MSAs with a population between 200,000 and one million (Site Selection Magazine, 2014)

    #1 Best Zoo in America (CNN Travel, 2014)

    #2 Best Places to Live 2015Papillion (Time.com/money,2015)

    #2 Best Cities to Find a Job in 2015 (Fortune.com, 2015)

    #2 Best U.S. Cities for Millennial College Students (CNBC, 2015)

    #2 Best Foodie Cities (Liveability.com, 2015)

    #2 Best City for Recreation 2015 (Wallethub.com, 2015)

    #2 Americas Coolest Music Towns (DreamPlanGo.com, 2014)

    #2 Top T