Author: Kathy Rygg

Cellar 426 offers a variety of wines and one exceptional view

What happens when a horticulturist and a marketing/accountant both enjoy wine? They decide to start a vineyard and open a winery, of course. That’s what Richard and Amy Hilske decided to do almost 20 years ago. Today, they operate Cellar 426 in Ashland, where they produce and sell more than […]

Four Sisters Boutique embodies generations of sophistication

When spring fever hits, ladies like to shed their heavy sweaters and boots for silky floral fabrics and shoes that show off their pedicures. There’s something refreshing and fulfilling about shopping in-store rather than online, and even more satisfying is the personal experience you get from shopping at a locally-owned […]

HETRA’s programs offer benefits that go beyond just physical therapy

“There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse.” This quote by author R.S. Surtees perfectly captures that special bond between human and horse. Which is why when it comes to helping people with physical and emotional disabilities, horses are a natural fit. Twenty-eight years […]

Saving Grace food rescue helps Omaha’s hungry one truckload at a time

True change is made when just one person recognizes a problem and decides to do something about it. That’s what happened when Beth Ostdiek Smith realized how much food was being thrown away in our community. In fact, 40% of food that’s produced ends up in the trash, and yet […]

Discipline from Within

Tiger Rock Academy teaches focus and confidence for all ages The thought of taking a martial arts class can be intimidating. But the instructors and students at Tiger Rock Academy not only make every person who walks through the door feel welcome, they teach, encourage, and respect each person, whether […]

Philanthropic Innovation

Together a Greater Good makes contributing easier than ever Innovation is often the result of need. West Omaha residents Leslie Fischer and Holly Baker recognized there was a big need in the way fundraising was conducted locally. It was becoming more difficult for schools to have students go door to door, […]

Capturing our Culture

Jan Milam creates custom art for the Big O Every city, regardless of size, has its own unique culture. Visitors to Omaha often comment on how friendly, honest, and hard-working people are here. They are also often surprised by the variety of arts, entertainment, and dining options, and are impressed […]