Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Let's have some fun: W-H readers name their top spots for shopping, recreation and more

Let's have some fun: W-H readers name their top spots for shopping, recreation and more

  • Updated
N1908P42005H.jpg

For those with some extra time on their hands, the Omaha metro area has no shortage of diversions.

From shopping centers to places to play, Omaha has something for everyone. Here are some of Omaha's favorite retail, recreation and entertainment spots, chosen by World-Herald readers in the 2021 Omaha's Choice Awards.


ALO new THrift Shop photo - clothes.jpg
FIRST PLACE: THRIFT/CONSIGNMENT STORE

Assistance League of Omaha Thrift Shop

8502 West Center Road

402-342-4288

www.alomaha.org

Assistance League of Omaha is nonprofit that uses the proceeds from its thrift shop to fund seven philanthropic programs that serve the specific needs of local children and adults in Omaha. The thrift shop carries men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, plus a great selection of décor and books.


FIRST PLACE: ESCAPE ROOM
The Cryptic Room logo-transparent_4.jpg

The Cryptic Room

523 S. Main St., Council Bluffs

712-310-5265

www.thecrypticroom.com

All of our games are designed and built in-house, providing a unique escape room experience. We have personally crafted the world of our beloved characters, Myrtle and Edward. Each of our escape rooms delve deeper into the mystery of this couple and how they may have gotten in a little over their heads.


WINNER: ART GALLERY, ART RETAIL
Gallery Interior May 2021.jpg

Debra Joy Groesser Fine Art

5615 S. 77th St., Ralston 

402-592-6552

www.debrajoygroesserfineart.com

Debra Joy Groesser Fine Art features original oil paintings by award winning artist Debra Joy Groesser, beautiful decorative and functional wood working by her husband, Don, and artful gifts for every budget. Occasional invitational exhibitions featuring nationally acclaimed artists. Check website for current hours. Always open online or by appointment.


WINNER: SHOOTING RANGE

Frontier Justice

Frontier Justice pic.jpg

2828 S. 82nd Ave.

402-934-9500

www.frontier-justice.com

Frontier Justice is a unique fashion and firearms retail store and shooting facility for kids of all ages. We not only provide a next-generation firearms and training facility, but also offer a unique retail experience that combines a hint of the west in an urban setting with apparel, jewelry and home furnishings.


FIRST PLACE: MEN'S CLOTHING STORE
Jerry Ryan Pic.png

Jerry Ryan Clothing and Sportswear

7806 W. Dodge Road

402-330-6614

www.jerryryanclothing.com

For nearly 50 years, our family-owned store has offered an exquisite range of men’s clothing and accessories. We pride ourselves on bringing high quality garments and exceptional customer service. We serve businessmen and professionals, farmers and diplomats, students and “ne’er-do-wells,” and we'll fit any size, taste or budget.


FIRST PLACE: RECREATIONAL VEHICLE DEALER
leachcamper-logo.jpg

Leach Camper Sales

629 Veterans Memorial Highway, Council Bluffs

712-366-2581

www.leachcamper.com

Leach Camper Sales is an experienced RV dealer serving Iowa and Nebraska. Find new motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-ups and truck toppers. We offer what you want in new and used campers, toy haulers, travel trailers and RVs. Shop sales, rentals or ask about our parts and service department.


WINNER: MUSEUM

Louis E May Museum

Museum Front.jpg

1643 Nye Avenue, Fremont

402-721-4515

www.maymuseum.com

Tour this beautiful home built in 1874 by Theron Nye, a founding father of the city of Fremont and the city’s first mayor. In 1901-1902, the home was remodeled by Theron’s son, Ray Nye. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the grounds are a Nebraska Arboretum Site.


FIRST PLACE: BOWLING CENTER
IMG_2431.jpg

Maplewood Lanes

3030 N. 101st St.

402-572-9393

www.maplewoodlanesomaha.com

Everyone is a bowler at Maplewood Lanes. Our entertainment center features a 36-lane bowling alley, grill, lounge and outdoor patio. We host many leagues for any age and skill level. Visit our website for more information on joining a league, bowling times and other events and activities. Make every night a bowling night and join us for some fun, food and drinks.


 FIRST PLACE: WOMEN'S CLOTHING/BOUTIQUE

Nancy’s Boutique

423 N. Main St., Fremont

402-727-4592

www.nancysfremont.com

IMG_4622.jpg

Visit our beautiful store in historic downtown Fremont and shop unique apparel and accessories from a variety of designers including Nic & Zoe, Bylyse, OST and Brighton. We carry classic and sophisticated clothing pieces in business attire and casual wear, featuring some of the latest clothing style trends. Visit our shop and find your perfect outfit.


FIRST PLACE: JAZZ CLUB
LOGO.jpg

The Omaha Lounge

666 N. 114th St.

402-709-6815

www.theomahalounge.com

Your headquarters for live music. Live music schedule available on Facebook and Instagram. Specialty drink and food menu. Come for the drinks, stay for the music.


FIRST PLACE: CAMERA STORE, PHOTO PRINTING
DSC09230.jpg

Rockbrook Camera

2909 S. 169th Plaza

402-691-0003

www.rockbrookcamera.com

Rockbrook Camera strives to be our customers’ first source for great photography. From cameras and lenses to classes and rentals, we’re here to help our customers advance their products and skills, from beginner to professional. Print your favorite images with our professional photo finishing services – traditional prints to large-format photo décor.


FIRST PLACE: SHOPPING CENTER
Rockbrook pic.JPG

Rockbrook Village

2800 S. 110th Court

402-390-0890

www.rockbrookvillage.com

Rockbrook Village is home to over 50 locally-owned specialty shops, restaurants and neighborhood service businesses. Rockbrook Village was one of the first shopping centers in Omaha, built in the early 1960s by Larry and Virgie Myers. Now 50 years later, Rockbrook Village is still owned and managed by the same local family.


WINNER: MEN'S CLOTHING STORE
exterior 2.jpg

Rossi Clothiers

11032 Elm St. 

402-397-3608

www.rossiclothiers.com

Since opening Rossi Clothiers in July 1991, I have always been a big fan of the classic movie stars of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. When Ralph Lauren reinterpreted this manner of dress for the modern man, I was inspired to adopt a classic aesthetic for my store. My customers are not just my customers, they’re also my friends.

 
 

 
WINNER: TICKET BROKERAGE SERVICE
TE_Logo_800x450.jpg

Ticket Express

9001 Arbor St.

402-398-1999

www.ticketexpress.com

Your source for tickets to events nationwide. No fees, just great seats.


Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

all

Breaking News

Huskers Breaking News

News Alert