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Coffee Royalty

Omaha-based coffee shop is nationally known Photos by Daniel Muller There’s no better way to start the day than with a fast, fresh, great-tasting cup of coffee, especially when it’s served with a smile. That has been the business model that Scooter’s Coffee co-founders Don and Linda Eckles established 17 […]

Omaha ‘mompreneaurs’ bring kid-friendly fun to balanced living

It’s a problem that has perplexed moms and dads for generations: How to get kids to eat their vegetables. Parents know their children need a balanced diet, but for whatever reason, kids can’t seem to agree. Omaha moms Deb Gray and Tammy Olson think they have a solution both kids […]

Gifts With Meaning

Omaha organizations seek volunteers to make holidays a little brighter for others  The holiday season signals the hunt for the perfect gift to give that special someone, family member or friend. But for many Omaha organizations, the holidays are a time when needs increase. Harsh winter weather can spell trouble […]

Forever Family

West Omaha families share how their lives were changed through adoption Jen Bartelt watches 8-month old Ava erupt into a huge belly laugh when older brother Carson, 3, enters the room. Ever since Ava came home, the children have been in love with each other, Bartelt said. Their family of […]

Shepherding the Endangered

In Gretna, John F. Carroll strives to save the rare San Clemente Island goat On an acreage in Gretna, John F. Carroll shepherds perhaps the largest herd of San Clemente Island goats left in the world. The herd is nearly 150 strong. But if Carroll has his way, his work will pave […]

The Real Estate Rush

Commercial activity in west Omaha flourishes Commercial real estate activity in Omaha is on the rise, led in part by businesses clamoring to occupy space along the city’s western edge. New commercial developments are going up along the West Dodge Road corridor, such as the new development at 168th and […]

True Olympians

Special Olympics Nebraska offers athletes of all abilities the chance to compete   For 8-year-old Nick Wright, it was a chance to be like his older siblings. For 32-year-old Melissa Giersch, it was a chance to be a vocal advocate. For 18-year-old Skylar Simmonds, it was the chance to feel […]

Veterans Among Us

In Nebraska, nearly 150,000 men and women claim the honor of serving their country. Whether as friends, neighbors, employers or employees, veterans enrich our communities with the integrity they cultivated through their service. The three service members profiled here offer examples of how Nebraska heroes serve their countries and communities […]

Strong Spirit

CrossFit athlete Libby DiBiase exudes inner and outer strength Libby DiBiase makes working out look good. She does handstand walks — uphill. She deadlifts 315 pounds. A sponsored athlete, her image is beamed around the world on banners and in ads as the epitome of a healthy, fit woman. DiBiase, a […]

Shoppers’ Paradise

After 10 years, Village Pointe stays fresh with new merchants, engaging events Back in 2004, when Scheels All Sports selected its future site at 168th and Dodge, the western edge of Omaha was still desolate. “When we looked at the location, it was basically a cornfield,” said Dale Merkel, manager. […]