Each year, as part of Directions, the Journal Star invites businesses and other offices celebrating an anniversary divisible by five this year to share their history with readers. Here are the submissions we received.
Zimmer Insurance Group
Zimmer Insurance Group was started in 1898 as the John F. Zimmer General Insurance Agency by John F. Zimmer Sr. and his brother. Current agency owners and principals are Christi T. Whalen, Debra D. Peters, J. Greg Zimmer Jr. and William T. Zimmer. It has a staff of 14 and is an Independent Insurance Agency that sells all lines of insurance.
The Kent family has been fitting state-of-the-art hearing aid technology since 1938. President Dean B. Kent is a fourth-generation audiologist. There are 12 Beltone offices located in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, with 15 employees. They provide complimentary hearing exams, lifetime care and adjustments on hearing instruments. Beltone has been voted the Best of Omaha, Fremont, Columbus and Council Bluffs.
The Captain's Chair Barbershop at 1315 P St. is proud to be the longest-existing business, doing the same type of business, in the same location, in all of downtown Lincoln. It was founded in 1953 as Bob's Barbershop. The shop name was changed in 1973 to commemorate the naval service of one of the then-owners. Owners and master barbers Gary Haun and Ryan Amen have a combined 42 years of barbering experience.
City Clock Co.
Does anyone know what time it is? After 65 years in business, City Clock Co. of Lincoln does. Founded in 1953 by the late Wayne Burkey, City Clock is on its third generation of family, with Mark and Deb and son Taylor Burkey there to greet you. You’ll find a beautiful showroom of more than 1,000 new and antique clocks for sale at 48th Street and Old Cheney Road. City Clock is known for its clock repair, all done on site.
Leonard's Unfinished Furniture
Leonard and Reva Mozer opened the store in 1958, and while a lot has changed in 60 years, the quality of wood products sold at the family-owned and -operated store at 136 S. Ninth St. remains the same -- no particle board, but real wood. Their line of products includes bookcases, entertainment centers, dining room furnishings and dollhouses.
West Gate Bank
Locally owned since 1968, West Gate Bank is a community bank celebrating 50 years of serving the needs of Lincoln. Its community focus is evident in all that it offers. The mission statement is: Integrity. Strength. Trust. As a full-service bank, it is large enough to serve all your personal or commercial banking needs, yet small enough to provide the outstanding personal service that only a local community bank can deliver.
The Fish Store
Since being founded by Gary Barth in 1973, The Fish Store has been providing aquarists with everything needed to be successful in the aquarium hobby. Specializing in the rare and unusual, The Fish Store brings freshwater and saltwater livestock from around the world to Lincoln. Hobbyists can find a large selection in more than 4,000 gallons of aquariums. Mark Haeffner and his brother bought the business in 1994, and Mark continues to run it. The store, at 921 N. 48th St., employs two full-time and five part-time employees.
Sandhills Publishing, which primarily serves the construction, agriculture, commercial trucking and aviation industries, is behind such brands as Machinery Trader, CraneTrader, TractorHouse, Truck Paper, AuctionTime.com, RentalYard.com, FleetEvaluator, Controller, Executive Controller, Charter Hub, and numerous others. Its 40th anniversary comes amid a period of substantial growth, including the recent addition of multiple domestic and international office locations, a number of brand extensions and new product launches, and a hiring push.
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum is a nonprofit that inspires Nebraskans to improve private and public landscapes through tree planting, garden making and education. Our goals are vibrant communities, healthy people and a resilient landscape. Over the past four decades, NSA has assisted with 1,500-plus community landscape projects. It grows and distributes underplanted native and adapted species critical to ecological design.
Paul Daniels Interiors
Paul Daniels Interiors is proud to celebrate 40 years of creative excellence. What started out as a small home studio by Paul Daniels is now a leading design firm in Nebraska and surrounding areas. Uniquely creative, Paul enjoyed introducing diverse styles that transcended over the years, setting a level of excellence in the design industry. This level has been passed down and is why Paul Daniels Interiors continues to lead the way in residential and commercial design.
Gary Michaels Clothiers
Gary Michaels Clothiers’ original store opened in Hastings in 1983, and opened in Lincoln in 1993. Noted for specializing in upscale men's wear, the store has been recognized twice (1988, 2016) as Nebraska's Retailer of the Year and also as America's Retail Champion in 2016 by the National Retail Federation. The store owner is Gary L. Novotny, and the store is located in Williamsburg Village.
Autosounds of Lincoln
Autosounds of Lincoln was founded in 1983 by Tom Nicholson on O Street, three blocks from its current location at 4720 O St. With more than 85 years of combined experience between four employees, Autosounds is a small, local business that has been customizing customers’ cars with new stereos for more than three decades. Autosounds specializes in car, marine and motorcycle audio, remote car starters, DVD players, back-up cameras and vehicle lighting.
On April 1, 1988, KENL INN opened its doors. Owners KQ and Ben Allen set out to provide the Lincoln area with the very best in pet boarding, grooming, day care and training, and quickly became a leader in the pet care industry and was the first in the area to provide play times, group play and nature hikes for our canine guests. Each year KENL INN has grown its business through additions to its facilities and connections with the community.
Racquet Corner Lincoln at 3119 O St. opened in March 1988. It has spent 30 years serving its customers as a specialty store in racket sales and service. It restrings about 6,000 tennis, racquetball, badminton and squash frames per year. Racquet Corner also specializes in racket customization and provides advise and customer service regarding frame and string technology and racket fitting. Founded by Ron and Bob Schultz, it has four specialists to provide service.
Body Basics opened in East Park Plaza in 1988, shifted to the Alamo Plaza in 1996, and then moved to its existing building on the northwest corner of 56th Street and Nebraska 2 in 2005. Body Basics sells fitness equipment for home and commercial use. Owner Dave Stoupa started his 30-year Body Basics career as a manager of the original store. Tom Sweeney, the sales manager, and Steve Rall, service manager, have been with the company a combined 57 years.
Lincoln Kids! is a free, seasonal newspaper for families in the Lincoln area featuring kid-friendly events, activities, child care, education and more. Lincoln Kids! began 25 years ago in Lincoln by siblings Mark and Jennifer Martin. Mark’s son and daughter-in-law, Bennett Martin and Karla Goerl, are current publishers. Lincoln Kids! is available at 300-plus locations.
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach
For 25 years, Matt Talbot has served the working poor and homeless by relieving hunger, defeating homelessness, addressing addiction and providing outreach. Open 365 days a year, with an army of volunteers and a staff of 19, Matt Talbot is about finding possibilities when things seem impossible. Its team of professionals provide outreach, housing, case management, nutrition and substance-use counseling and a variety of basic needs. Matt Talbot was founded in September 1992 by Mary Costello, who recently won the Founders Inspire Award.
Noyes Art Gallery
The Noyes Art Gallery is celebrating its 25th season with 25 events, including the Art in the Garden event Sept. 15. Each month owner Julia Noyes hosts a first and third Friday event featuring different artists with a different theme, often using cultural diversity as the focus. The Noyes is a cooperative gallery where 60 artists join together to present the monthly exhibits. The original artwork is sale.
Lincoln Karate Clinic
Armed with a fist full of ideas and ambition, Scott Walls, set out to create a karate school that not only produced technically sound students but students that would experience all of the benefits of karate training. Twenty years later, Walls and the Lincoln Karate Clinic are still at it. As a mental health counselor, Walls uses his knowledge of children’s development issues, emotional/character development needs and behavior to create a well-rounded curriculum.
Fanchon’s Nail a la Naturelle
Fanchon’s Nail a la Naturelle is celebrating 15 years in business at 6101 S. 56th St. Suite 3. It is truly a family more than it's a business. It offers natural nail manicures and pedicures, and sells natural products. Fanchon, the owner, along with Meghann and Courtney, her two longtime manicurists, are trained in the latest natural techniques. 402-420-5151.
Unfolding Communications, a marketing and public-relations firm founded in 2003 in Mamaroneck, New York, specializes in thought leadership development for national and international clients. Founder Linda Stephen and her team have launched national trends such as pocket neighborhoods, new urbanism, concrete countertops and accessible homes.