Every day at BrewBurgers, Chef Yves Menard prepares hunks of beef in a style passed down from Jewish immigrants in Montreal, Canada, in the late 1800s. He soaks the meat in brine, then smokes it over maple wood, creating a richly flavored brisket that has earned his restaurant a spotlight on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Chef Menard prepares the rest of his menu in the same meticulous fashion: he infuses certified Angus beef with portabella mushrooms and gorgonzola cheese, and hand-forms lamb and bison patties into miniature busts of each patron?s head. True to its name, BrewBurgers maintains an enthusiasm for fermented beverages, suggesting a beer pairing for every menu item, including selections from Pyramid, Left Hand, Boulevard, and Samuel Smith.
At That Pottery Place, the definition of an artist?s canvas expands to include everything from mugs to coin banks. The studio invites budding van Goghs to choose from more than 200 pottery designs and cloak their selection with lead-free paint from a rainbow of more than 50 colors. Stencils, stamps, and idea books stand ready to inspire artists who are facing creative blocks or giving their muse the silent treatment. After participants fully realize their visions, they entrust their work to the studio?s professionals, who glaze and fire each piece, readying it for pickup within a week.
In addition to pottery painting, That Pottery Place lets guests channel their creativity with mosaics, whose tiles and gems can be grouted or glued to mirrors and frames, and other small fused-glass projects. Whatever the project, crafters can tote along their own snacks and drinks to fuel their creativity or throw at copycats. For more structured crafting, the studio organizes kids? art classes and camps, and for celebrants seeking a hands-on event, they host parties.
TC's Strength and Conditioning is helmed by owner Tim Collins, a master trainer, corrective-exercise specialist, and CrossFit Level 1 trainer with more than 12,000 fitness sessions under his belt. He leads strength and conditioning classes that combine strength-training, core-training, and metabolic-conditioning exercises for groups and individuals, helping them lose weight or gain muscle.
Though its name implies a focus on inflatable attractions, the all-ages indoor playground at Pump It Up of Omaha also gets kids active on an 18-foot rock-climbing wall and building with huge imagination blocks. These attractions stand among a sea of air-filled slides and climbing structures, some designed by members of the management team. The bounce castles propel jumpers into the air; and the Chaos obstacle course lets racers run side-by-side or practice shaking hands while walking. The playground also holds special programs such as day camps for young and medium-young children, private birthday parties, and field trips. Many of Pump It Up's staffers are university students working toward education degrees; they often organize contests and games, and supervise visitors while playing on the same level as their smaller guests.
Body Masters, Inc. was co-named the city's Best Personal Training Facility by readers of Omaha Magazine in 2014. Part of the credit goes to the studio's team of certified personal trainers, who preach accountability and devise workouts to match any number of fitness goals. But some credit should also go to the facility itself. Furnished with an array of top-of-the-line fitness equipment, the studio offers no shortage of workout possibilities. There are truck tires to hurl, racks of weights to lift, and a plot of artificial turf studded with dandelions that need pulling.
A licensed and insured company, Fun Services has equipped events with entertainment and eats for more than 30 years. Within Fun Services' inventory, concession stands with Fun Services?supplied catering await to dot midways alongside carnival sports games such as a basketball toss and high-speed pitching. A Lil Bubba train showcases its ability to escort visitors from parking areas or transport tots in ovular trips around fairgrounds, and mechanical bulls compete to fling riders higher into afternoon skies. Additionally, a menagerie of bounce houses and a 22-foot rock-climbing wall stand ready to test gravitational pulls