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  • The Tea Smith
    The Tea Smith owner Tim Smith searches out loose-leaf teas from all over the world—and he says he has to consciously limit himself as he fills the shops' stock of about 150 teas. But it wasn't long ago that Tim didn't even like tea. "I thought tea was brown water and a bag," he confesses. It took a gift for his wife to change that. "I was traveling for business, it was around Valentine's day, and I was married long enough to know that you don't come home empty-handed," he says. So he bought her some loose-leaf tea and the right accessories to brew it. "She made me try it, and it was surprising," he says. "It was not that stuff in a bag. It had some character and some taste to it." He began researching, and realized that tea—already the world’s most widely consumed beverage after water—was experiencing a resurgence in the United States. While many tea spots have British or Japanese themes, Tim decided to open a tea shops with a "comfortable contemporary" vibe, where people could enjoy hot, iced, and bubble teas with friends. For at-home brewing, visitors can shop for classic teas such as Earl Grey, sample more unusual flavors such as the “Iron Goddess of Mercy” (an oolong), or browse seasonal blends such as pumpkin spice, cranberry cream, and fireside chat. The shops also stocks travel tea mugs, teapots equipped with infuser baskets, and unglazed Chinese YiXing clay pots that enhance the tea’s flavor. Tim knows that many people who walk into the shop are unfamiliar with loose-leaf tea and may not be sure what they'll like—which is why he only hires tea enthusiasts. "Part of their training is to come in and drink each of the teas, and make notes on the flavor profiles," he says. That way, the staff can recommend blends suited to each customer's palate, rather than having to analyze a Rorschach tea-blot test. In addition to events including an annual blending contest, they also run periodic Tea 101 sessions that introduce attendees to the "history, the myths, the legends, and the lore of tea," says Tim.
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    1118 Howard St.
    Omaha, NE US
  • Caffeine Dreams
    Warm up with a better coffeehouse brew at Caffeine Dreams, a cool, off-the-beaten-path coffee shop. Caffeine Dreams is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Caffeine Dreams. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Caffeine Dreams' al fresco patio seating. You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi. You won't feel cramped at Caffeine Dreams, even with a large party — the coffee shop is perfect for large groups. Caffeine Dreams offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties. Call Caffeine Dreams for catering if you have a big event coming up. For those in a hurry, the coffee shop lets you take your grub to go. Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars. There's no need to spend a fortune on a delicious meal at Caffeine Dreams — most prices are under $15. The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
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    4524 Farnam St
    Omaha, NE US
  • Lamar's Donuts
    For an American goodie that everyone loves, head to Lamar's Donuts for donuts served fresh out of the oven. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Lamar's Donuts' menu does not offer low-fat options. Hop online in no time using Lamar's Donuts' free wifi. Lamar's Donuts is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting). Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
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    17202 Audrey St
    Omaha, NE US
  • The Cordial Cherry
    Chocolatier Melissa Stephens, owner of The Cordial Cherry, began her chocolate shop with a recipe for cherry cordials passed down from her Grandma Sheldon. Today, Stephens?along with her mother and sister?works to turn out her signature cherries hand-dipped in chocolate and filled with a liquid cordial center. In addition to the specialty dessert, Stephens also crafts satin fudge, chocolate -dipped goji berries, and sea-salt caramel loaves.
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    1223 S. 180th St.
    Omaha, NE US
  • Bruegger's
    A tasty bagel spot, Bruegger's serves much-needed delicious morning dough. Bruegger's is creating dishes that might not be low in calories, but they certainly won't be low in flavor. Bruegger's can also cater your next party; call today for details. Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too. Parking has never been easier at Bruegger's, a restaurant located near a variety of parking selections.
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    228 N 114th St
    Omaha, NE US
  • Bear Creek Coffee
    Head to Bear Creek Coffee for a steaming cup of joe. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Bear Creek Coffee has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. You can also grab your food to go. Ample parking is located near Bear Creek Coffee. Bear Creek Coffee offers safe bike parking outside.
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    14505 F St
    Omaha, NE US

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