In the days before kegs and bottles, beer enthusiasts would have to cart a bucket to their local brewery, fill it up, and carry it (gently) home. Lucky Bucket Brewing Company pays tribute to brewing history both in its name and its traditional brewing techniques.
Lucky Bucket’s flavorsome creations are crafted inside an 18,000-square-foot brew house. Gleaming silver tankards give birth to bottles of a pre-Prohibition-style lager, a pleasantly floral IPA, and the dark, malty imperial porter Certified Evil.
The facility operates a craft brewery, as well as Nebraska's only craft distillery, which turns out hand-crafted spirits such as Cut Spike Single-Malt Whiskey and Cut Spike Premium Vodka. The distillery ages it's whiskey for two years in brand new American oak barrels.
Amid the lime-green and burnt-orange walls of Creation Station, an encouraging staff inspires visitors to follow their artistic impulses as they use pottery as their canvas. Seven days a week, experienced and casual artists alike can plunge their brushes into a rainbow of paints and let loose on a variety of mugs, figurines, and dishes. Once colorized to the artist’s content, finished bisque pieces visit a fiery kiln, where colors become more vibrant and snowmen melt into carrot-and-coal soup. Revelers can also gather at Creation Station to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, or make Christmas ornaments during the winter season.
Whipping up tasty bites made fresh from itch with all-natural ingredients, 84th Street Café provides a neighborhood spot for home-style meals without serving vinyl siding with a side of roof shingles. A welcoming ambience soothes hungry nerves and allows for laid-back taste-bud stimulation akin to licking batteries on a Tempur-Pedic bed. Amid a relaxing, window-wrapped atmosphere, patrons can sample a wide variety of big-portioned menu options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and every imaginary meal in between. Try a tongue-tantalizing breakfast burrito platter with chorizo, fruit, and hash browns ($7.25), Luis’s famous spicy pork chili with a dish of rainbow sherbet ($4.25, lunch; $5.25, dinner), or beef pot pie topped with crispy cheddar ($8.50, $12.50). Drinks such as wine and desserts like the cheesecake of the day ($4.25) pair with each meal much better than a clingy barnacle.
Bold shades of pink peek through Runway Boutique?s floor-to-ceiling windows, enticing passersby inside to peruse the store?s selection of fashionable apparel from top designers. The racks are filled with tops, dresses, and jeans from brands such as Big Star, Hudson Jeans, LA Idol, Havaianas, and Rock Revival, as well as seasonal accessories that can accompany a summer dress or a wintertime coat made of yak pelts. The store completely overhauls its inventory every season, allowing guests to stay up-to-date on the latest fashion trends.
Customers at Orange Leaf?s brightly colored storefronts build their own customized desserts, starting with a smorgasbord of thick, creamy frozen yogurt flavors. The low-fat and fat-free varieties lend an air of indulgence to the largely guilt-free dessert, ranging from red velvet to chocolate cheesecake to key-lime pie. Likewise, the topping bars feature fresh slices of kiwi and banana; sweet spoonfuls of gummy bears, graham crackers, and Oreos; or slender bride-and-groom figurines perfect for topping a cup of wedding-cake-flavored frozen yogurt. Orange Leaf also offers catering for private events such as weddings and birthday parties.
The blue-flames of an acetylene torch heat the edges of bent copper tubing, as Adam Weiss molds copper hunks to cut metal sheets and twisted wire. The artist and educator shapes active images of a dragonfly perched on a weeping willow and slithering snakes, as well as seven-foot high images dueling praying mantises or a sandhill crane with outstretched wings. Drawing on travels to Germany, France, and the Netherlands, Adam also marries color to copper through his collection of patina paintings.