Omaha's Choice for Services

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Online voting revealed these favorites in the Services Category in the second annual Omaha's Choice Awards presented by the Omaha World-Herald.

Assisted Living Facility

First place


Dial Retirement Communities

12301 N. 149th Circle, Bennington


Dial Retirement Communities provides premier care and service to its residents. A leader in independent and assisted living and memory care, we offer a variety of lifestyles and different levels of care. We offer more than a place to live and understand that every resident has unique passions and needs. We go beyond physical support, offering opportunities to nurture passion, heart and spirit.

Additional winners

» Hillcrest Health Services

» New Cassel Retirement Center

Catering Service

First place

Garden Café

11040 Oak St.


An Omaha tradition since 1985, we specialize in breakfast and lunch catering, including breakfast buffets and bag and box lunches. Round out your meal with a delicious treat, and you’re set for the day. Order your catering online — it’s free and easy. Let us do all the work for your next meeting.

Additional winners

» Attitude on Food

» Catering Creations


First place

St. Bernard Catholic Church

3601 N. 65th St.


For more than 100 years, St. Bernard Catholic Church has provided an active, Christian presence in the Benson neighborhood. Our vision is to further the growth of our faith community through meaningful worship, service to others and Christian fellowship. We offer support and strength through a community of strong traditions and rich friendships for people of all ages in the name of Jesus Christ.

Additional winners

» Luther Memorial Lutheran Church

» St. James Catholic Church

Dance Studio

First place

Nebraska Dance

11426 Davenport St.


Nebraska Dance is devoted to providing quality instruction in a positive, encouraging atmosphere. We are passionate about teaching dance, instilling confidence and empowering our students to achieve their dreams! We are proud to offer a variety of classes for all ages and levels. Now enrolling for fall classes, ranging from Mommy & Me to Hip-Hop, Ballet and Musical Theater.

Additional winners

» The Basement Dance Studio

» Cherrie Anderson School of Music & Dance

Day Care

First place

Hamilton Heights Child Development Center

3 convenient locations


Hamilton Heights offers a warm and nurturing environment focused on learning, growing and developing the whole child. Visit us and see how our hands-on approach could help develop your child’s academic skills and confidence.

Additional winners

» Imagination Station

» St. Bernard’s Child Care

Dry Cleaners

First place

Max I. Walker

23 metro-area locations


Max I. Walker has been a family-owned and -operated business for five generations, and that personal connection is present in everything we do. Whether it’s dry cleaning, laundry services, uniform rental or other home or business needs such as drapery cleaning or hand soaps and paper products, you can be confident that the job will be done right and on time.

Additional winners

» Key Cleaners

» Tide Dry Cleaners

Employment Agency

First place

C&A Industries Inc.

13609 California St.


At C&A Industries, work is more than a job, it’s our business. For more than 45 years, we’ve been at the forefront of staffing and recruitment. Ours is a dynamic company with a great responsibility — connecting the best talent with career opportunities in a variety of industries. We’re proud of what we do and of who we are, having earned a reputation as a leader in our industry and as a progressive employer.

Additional winners

» Durham Staffing Solutions

» Prime Time Healthcare

Funeral Home

First place

John A. Gentleman Mortuaries and Crematory

4 metro-area locations


We focus our attention on the families we serve, not distant shareholders. Our staff is knowledgeable and friendly, our facilities are modern and immaculate, and our pricing is fair. We know you will be so pleased with the services you receive that we personally guarantee your satisfaction.

Additional winners

» Bethany Funeral Home

» Heafey Hoffmann Dworak Cutler Mortuaries & Crematory


First place


15 metro-area locations


Escape the everyday at one of Marriott’s 15 Omaha-area hotels. With locations all over the metro, our hotels are convenient to the city’s best attractions including Westroads Mall, CenturyLink Center Omaha, TD Ameritrade Park and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Additional winners

» Magnolia Hotel

» Regency Lodge

Independent Living Community

First place


Dial Retirement Communities

12301 N. 149th Circle, Bennington


Dial Retirement Communities provides premier care and service to its residents. Ridgewood’s Independent Living is designed for seniors looking for a carefree lifestyle without the burdens of maintaining a home. Our services and amenities make life easier and promote an active and independent lifestyle. We are proud to offer personalized services so residents can enjoy living exactly as they choose.

Additional winners

» Hillcrest Health Services

» Lakeside Village

Insurance Agent

First place

State Farm – Grant Mussman Agency

606 S. 72nd St.


Grant Mussman and his team of six licensed staff, in Omaha at 72nd and Dodge Streets, are proud to be honored with this community recognition. Grant’s office serves the financial and insurance needs of more than 2,000 individuals, families, small businesses and nonprofits. Offerings range from car, home and renters insurance to more complex topics like funding long-term care and final need preparation.

Additional winners

» P.J. Ramaekers & Associates Inc. — Trevor B. Fiala

» State Farm — Jeff Moore

IT Computer Support

First place

Schrock Innovations

16909 Burke St., 402-934-9423

1219 Applewood Drive, Papillion, 402-884-0880

At Schrock Innovations, our goal is to make technology work for you. We are a full-service technology repair company offering everything from computer repair and upgrades to data recovery and SEO for individuals and businesses. Schrock repairs all makes and models of computers, laptops, all-in-ones and Apple computers. We do our best to make your life easy by offering in-shop, on-site and Internet-based support through the Schrock Desk. We even offer free pickup and dropoff.

Additional winners

» Elkhorn Computer

» Omaha Media Group

Law Firm

First place

Tiedeman, Lynch, Kampfe, McVay & Respeliers

6910 Pacific St.


This firm emphasizes attentive service from experienced attorneys. The partners are committed to achieving the legal goals of their individual and business clients through knowledgeable, affordable, professional services.

Additional winners

» Baird Holm LLP

» Koenig | Dunne

Memory Care

First place


Dial Retirement Communities

12301 N. 149th Circle, Bennington



Dial Retirement Communities provides premier care and service to its residents. Memory Care is designed to help those with memory impairments remain active. Our caring staff, specialized programs and welcoming environment help engage our residents. Residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia will find that memory loss does not keep them from having a quality life. Ridgewood residents live in beautiful surroundings with wonderful amenities and great care.

Additional winners

» Hillcrest Health Services

» Lakeside Village

Pet Day care & Boarding

First place


13239 Portal Drive


We’ve created a loving place with dogs’ wants and needs in mind. We offer everything your furry family member requires — award-winning dog daycare, overnight, weekend and holiday boarding, and spa services. Use our webcams to watch them play all day with their BFFFs (best furry friends forever) in open and safe environments. Professionally trained Dogtopians will love and care for your pup as if it were our own. You can trust your dog will come home overjoyed — and most likely overtired — from all the excitement of the day. This is Dogtopia, where dogs get to do what they do best — love life unconditionally.

Additional winners

» Bellevue Pet Adventures

» The Paw Spa Pet Resort

Pet Grooming

First place

ABCD Dog & Cat Grooming

4401 S. 13th St.


ABCD Dog and Cat groomers continually strive to learn new techniques that will help customers’ dogs and cats. Our own animals are part of our family, so we like to think of your dogs and cats as part of ours.

Additional winners

» Ridgeview Animal Hospital

» Susie’s Professional Pet Grooming

Pet/Veterinarian Clinic

First place

Omaha Animal Medical Group

3316 N. 120th St.


At Omaha Animal Medical Group, we nurture your pet and our relationship. If you’re looking for a vet who will treat you and your pet like family, give us a try. Stop by our modern clinic, meet our friendly and experienced team and tour the state-of-the-art on-site surgical suite, in-house lab, retail shop and more. Experience for yourself why so many local pet parents call us their trusted veterinarian. We can’t wait to meet you!

Additional winners

» Best Care Pet Hospital

» Northwest Animal Hospital

Photo Printing

First place

Rockbrook Camera

2717 S. 108th St., 402-397-1171

2909 S. 169th Plaza,


Rockbrook Photo Lab is more than your typical photo printer — we offer professional printing at fair prices. We can print your photography on just about anything you can imagine, from coffee mugs to metal to canvas, and up to 40-by-60-inch prints. We take extra care with every photo we print, too. Our experienced photo lab specialists hand-correct every photo to ensure that our customers’ final prints are truly memorable.

Additional winner

» Walgreens

Photography Studio

First place

Mervin Reese Photographers

9802 Nicholas St.


Mervin Reese Photographers is celebrating 65 years. Mervin started his career specializing in children’s photography. His use of storybook backgrounds separated him from the rest. The unique look of the backgrounds captured the attention of Kodak International, which in 1983 began showcasing our photography in worldwide publications. Since then, Mervin’s sons, Steve and Jim Reese — both Master Photographer Craftsmen — have continued the tradition of unique photography.

Additional winners

» Kimberly Pecha Photography

» Light Illusions Photography

Travel Agency

First place

Travel and Transport

2120 S. 72nd St.


From innovative corporate travel solutions to creative meeting and event-planning services to unmatched expertise in vacation planning, Travel and Transport creates one-of-a-kind experiences. Success to us means doing what it takes to earn traveler loyalty every day through passion, integrity and a commitment to unparalleled service.

Additional winners

» AAA Nebraska

» AurTravel

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