Across four decades and three generations, the Hoenselaar family has prepared its signature bone-in hams the same way—marinating them in secret spices and smoking them at length over a special blend of hardwood chips. At each of HoneyBaked Ham Co.'s 400 locations, specialized machinery invented by founder Harry J. Hoenselaar himself carves each haunch into a perfect, thin-cut spiral. Slices then fill sandwiches such as the croissant-swaddled Ham Classic, or join other meats on the likes of the toasted Ham & Turkey Bella, which hoists swiss cheese, banana peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette between cibatta bread. The correlation between pork consumption and out-of-control parties has not slipped past the notice of the HoneyBaked chefs, who also offer catering platters and party trays for 10 or more people.
Award-winning dancer and teacher Shelley Fritz opened The DelRay Ballroom and Lounge to share her love of dance with the Lincoln community. Her space hosts music, cocktails, and ballroom dance lessons every night of the week, and is staffed by experienced dance instructors such as herself who aim to share their passion for waltz, cha-cha, Argentine Tango, and West Coast swing with students.
Heartland Pantry, which is smaller and more specialized than typical Hy-Vee combination stores, takes pride in its selection of private-label goodies. Spend an afternoon perusing aisles of Blue Ribbon Meats, fresh produce, canned goods, frozen foods, candy, dried delishins, flowers, and more. Organic and gluten-free options make for convenient one-stop grocery shopping and eliminate the need for organic additives and gluten sifters.
Photo Booth 5280 encapsulates snapshot-worthy grins by bringing sleek, portable shutterbug machines to events including weddings, birthdays parties, and more. Each session allows for unlimited shots and is helmed by an on-site attendant who operates the booth and makes sure the equipment doesn't randomly insert images of Burt Reynolds's talking mustache. The almighty booth bequeaths its toothsome subjects with two photo strips per photo session, and you'll also get a CD containing every setup and a scrapbook compiled by the attendant and guests. There is a travel fee of $0.51 per mile for any locations outside of Lincoln or Omaha.
Named business of the year in 2010 by Heritage Nebraska, patrons sit down at the Heartland Cafe for breakfast and lunch amid traces of local history inside a building constructed in 1919. In this setting, diners dig into fresh-made pancakes and made-to-order omelets, conversing and creating new memories. The quiche florentine brims with bacon, spinach, and mushrooms baked in a housemade pie crust and covered with hollandaise. For lunch, the cooks whip up reuben sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, and elk burgers. Heartland Cafe's owner, Sharon Janovsky, was also named 2012 business person of the year by the Western Douglas County Chamber of Commerce for the cafe's active role in the community, such as hosting the annual tree lighting ceremony.
Carol Joy Holling Camp, helmed by Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and accredited by the American Camp Association, opens up a natural wonderland to carry out its mission of teaching people about Jesus. During camp programs for kids and families, campers take to the lake to angle for fish or paddleboat across the water. The organization also hosts a variety of events and conferences?from a quilt auction to seasonal retreats that allow participants time and space to work on creative projects.