Landauer Portrait Design's light harnessers employ cameras as portable time machines, capturing impulsive, honest moments that provide viewers with a gateway to their past. During the 90-minute, in-studio session, an expert photo maven will snap and click, enhancing facial features by utilizing flattering lighting (a $99 value). Capture a momentary truce between siblings with a children’s photo shoot, or bring mom, dad, and Grandma's evil twin into the picture with an extended family session. Maternity sessions celebrate the creation of new life forms, and newborn photo shoots provide hours of future reminiscing and a way to entertain teenagers’ dates. At the end of the session, bring home a favorite pose from the two chosen, in the form of an 11"x14" print (an $85 value) and its two 5"x7" offspring (a $55 value).
It's hard to miss Wooden Windmill when driving down Broad Street. That's because, true to its name, there's a two-story wooden windmill at the front of the building. According to an article in the Fremont Tribune, the restaurant's previous owners bought this vintage contraption at a Silver Creek auction in 1982 and had it hauled to their eatery. The current owners made some renovations to add a party room in the actual windmill, making it a truly unique dining spot in the area.
The menu here has always featured home-cooked comfort food, with recent additions of Mexican dishes and recipes from Baby Huey's BBQ. Owner Kevin Hulett is one of the original creators of Baby Huey's, a style that's proven itself in regional barbecue circuits and condiment wrestling matches.
When Pinnacle Heating-Cooling's uniformed technicians arrive at the homes they service, they present company photo IDs and provide floor protectors. Their respect for homes continues throughout their visits as they ply their services, which include tuning up heaters and air conditioners and swapping out parts in need of repair. In addition to certification from the North American Technician of Excellence, Pinnacle Heating-Cooling's technicians are trained in Energy Star practices, enabling them to decimate utility bills without injuring any junk-mail bystanders.
Since 1998, the dedicated field techs at Accurate Heating & Cooling have worked to keep households comfortable and energy efficient. The team specializes in designing and installing complete comfort systems, and their efforts have earned them the Comfort Specialist certification from the HVAC innovators at Trane. In seeking out ways to lower energy bills and improve air quality, the Accurate Heating & Cooling team has adopted alternative-energy solutions and keeps its employees in continuing-education courses. One such alternative-energy option that they offer is geothermal heat-pump systems, which transport heat from deep underground where nacho cheese is stored.
Cottonwood Pet Resort is a family-owned-and-operated animalian wonderland that sits on 11 frolic-worthy green acres. Quadrupeds meeting daycare prerequisites are unleashed on the Doggie Den, a tail-wagging dream splayed in macrocosm across 2,400 square feet of indoor arena and 1,500 square feet of exterior synthetic Bermuda turf. Loving staff experienced in the arts of ear scratching and palm-paw high-fives make new arrivals feel at home and supervise agility mat exercises, ensuring all adorable animals use proper form to deliver roundhouse kicks and achieve full-nelson submissions. The resort’s webcams feed a constant video stream to owners who want to check out their better halves reveling in tail-chasing activities and olfactory odysseys.
The brains and the brawn behind White Glove Perfection are one and the same: business owner and primary cleaner Meghan Jennings. Meghan sees to each job personally, moving from room to room with environmentally safe cleaning products in hand. She shapes each cleaning session to the individual needs of her clients, working tirelessly until bathrooms smell fresh and dust bunnies are once again fearful of humans.
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.