Anybody who's had classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus probably knows about the Dairy Store. In fact, even a good number of Lincoln residents who didn't take classes there know about the store, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The Dairy Store features 16 flavors, including 10 standard Big Ten offerings — Bavarian mint, black walnut fudge, butter brickle, cappuccino chocolate chip, caramel cashew, chocolate, cookies and cream, Scarlet & Cream, strawberry and vanilla. The other six flavors rotate seasonally.
The store plans to unveil a centennial ice cream flavor this month. It could be a doozy, since nearly anything goes for the employees who make the ice cream daily. Among the favorites is Scarlet & Cream, which features a sweet-cream base with a strawberry swirl mixed in. Or you can get corn ice cream, which tastes like sweet corn. And how about Bounds to Be Good, a chocolate base with cookie pieces and marshmallows named for NU President Hank Bounds?
The Dairy Store began as a place to process milk produced by dairy cows that were kept on East Campus to supply milk for campus dining halls. It evolved into an ice cream and cheese store, with students getting hands-on experience.
The store in the Food Technology Complex near 38th and Holdrege streets is open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and tours are available.
As part of Directions '17, the Journal Star invited businesses and other offices celebrating an anniversary divisible by five this year to share their history with readers. Here are the submissions we received.
Lutheran Family Services, 125 years
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska was founded in 1892 as two Lutheran orphanages in Fremont and Omaha. Today it is a multi-service human care organization with over 380 employees serving in locations across Nebraska and in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Lutheran Family Services mission is "to express God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life" through three core competencies: Behavioral Health, Children Services and Community Services. In 2016, LFS moved its Lincoln offices to 23rd and O.
Union Bank & Trust, 100 years
Union Bank’s vision is to help customers achieve their dreams and provide a workplace culture that values employees and their families. The bank has been helping entrepreneurs, community builders and families with banking, lending, investment and trust services since 1917. The desire is to help the next 100 startups, the next 100 game-changers, the next 100 family dreams, the next 100 legacies — to build homes, businesses and community. Union Bank is the largest bank in Lincoln, employing more than 800 people in 36 offices in Nebraska and Kansas City.
Nebraska Hospital Association, 90 years
The Nebraska Hospital Association is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2017. Its mission is to be the influential and unified voice for Nebraska’s hospitals and health systems, providing leadership and resources to enhance the delivery of quality patient care and services to Nebraska communities. Organized in 1927, the association was founded as a result of an informal meeting called by registered nurse Homer Harris, superintendent of Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, to discuss pending legislation that affected Nebraska hospitals. The Rev. Dr. Emil G. Chinlund of Immanuel Hospital was named president.
Rixstine Recognition, 85 years
Rixstine Recognition, manufacturers of promotional products and awards, started in May 1932 and has grown to become a full-service company with in-house screen printing and embroidery. Started at 11th and P by Arthur Rixstine and his sons, Ken and Don, the business moved sometime in the '50s to 27th and 0. In the mid '80s Tim and Cindy Hoffman purchased the company and moved it to its current location, a 90,000-square-foot space at 24th and O. They serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Japan.
T.O. Haas Tire, 70 years
T.O. Haas Tire has retail stores in Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa and provides services including tires for cars, pickups, SUVs, tractors, trailers, ATVs, pivot-irrigation systems and more. The company also offers automotive services including oil changes, alignments, brakes, engine diagnostics and other preventive maintenance; most of its technicians are ASE-certified.
Nebraska Title Co., 70 years
Ray Becker of First National Bank started Nebraska Title Co. in 1947 as an abstract company. In 1962 Dick Johnson went to work for the company, then bought it in 1971 and named it Nebraska Title.
Throughout the years many family-owned title companies have joined Nebraska Title Co., most recently, City Abstract Co. in Scottsbluff and Barney Abstract, Title & Escrow Co. in Kearney. Today, Nebraska Title Co. employs 90 people across the state.
It is a full-service title and escrow company with offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Papillion, Plattsmouth, David City, Beatrice, Crete, Kearney and Scottsbluff.
Speedway Motors, 65 years
Speedway Motors is America’s oldest speed shop and has been a trusted source for specialty automotive and racing parts for 65 years. Founded in Lincoln in 1952 by “Speedy” Bill Smith — a racer, hot-rodder and entrepreneur — Speedway Motors has grown from a one-man storefront to a worldwide multi-channel retailer and manufacturer with a longstanding reputation for personalized expert service. Speedway employs more than 350 people in Lincoln, and another 150 around the country. Still family-owned, the company is now led by Smith’s four sons — Carson, Clay, Craig and Jason.
QP Ace Hardware, 50 years
QP Ace Hardware is proud to be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1967 by Pete and Bernie Daharsh, QP has grown from a single hardware store at 56th and South streets to four Lincoln and two Omaha locations today. QP Ace is a second-generation family business owned by Pete's daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Doug Long. QP Ace employs more than 150 associates and prides itself in providing outstanding customer service.
Wright Construction, 50 years
Wright Construction is a general contracting firm founded in 1967 by Dean E. Wright and now run by him and his sons, Jeri Wright and Gary Wright. The family-owned business is celebrating its 50th anniversary and works on projects big and small across the entire state and region, with a heavy focus on the Lincoln and Omaha metro areas.
Christo Design Build, 40 years
Founded in 1977 in Lincoln by Jim Christo, Christo Design Build Inc. is a true custom homebuilder. His goal was to be “one of the best builders, rather than the biggest.” The husband/wife team of Jim and Vicki Christo are fiercely passionate about doing excellent work, building architecturally outstanding homes of uncompromised quality that deeply satisfy customers. The most important home they will ever build will be yours. Christo Design's mission is to assist every customer throughout the building process, constantly striving to exceed the expectations of customers.
Sun Valley Lanes, 40 years
On Dec. 27, Sun Valley Lanes will celebrate 40 years in business. Sun Valley Lanes is Lincoln’s largest bowling center, with 32 lanes, a full-service grill, lounge, pro-shop and arcade. The center has national recognition as the past host of multiple professional and amateur events including the collegiate national team championships and the PWBA Lincoln Open. It received international recognition as host of the World Youth Championships last summer. Sun Valley Lanes works closely with bowling industry leader QubicaAMF as a site to help test and develop new products. The center was founded by Kerrey Holdings in 1977, but was sold to longtime employee John Losito in 2011. Sun Valley Lanes employees 34 people.
TCW Construction, 40 years
Tony’s Cement Works Inc. was started in 1962 by Tony and Barb Delgado out of their basement at 49th and Randolph streets. TCW Construction Inc. is a succession company derived from Tony’s Cement Works Inc., which was incorporated in 1977 with the succession plan completed in 1998 by Tony's sons. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the company's incorporation. TCW Construction Inc. does construction projects ranging from concrete paving to pre-engineered metal buildings. Along with a construction company, TCW owns and operates Husker Ready Mixed Concrete.
Nebraska Animal Medical Center, 30 years
Dr. Kent and Rochelle Forney realized a dream of opening a complete veterinary health-care center when they opened Forney Animal Center at 5720 Old Cheney Road in April 1987. What began as a small veterinary center with one doctor, a veterinary technician and a groomer expanded over the years to become Nebraska Animal Medical Center. Employing a staff of veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians and caring support staff, the full-service veterinary center offers high tech, high touch veterinary and 24-hour emergency medicine, pet-nutrition counseling, boarding/day care and grooming services.
Carpet Land, 30 years
Carpet Land has been family-owned and operated for 30 years. The company has grown to two locations, one in Lincoln and Omaha, with 25 employees. Its goal is to provide the largest selection of in-stock flooring at discounted prices. Along with Nebraska's largest in-stock carpet inventory, the business also carries vinyl, tile, wood, laminate, luxury vinyl tiles and planks, area rugs and room-size remnants. Owner Jeff Lehms and his employees thank all of their current and past customers and look forward to working with them in the future.
Commonwealth Electric Co. of the Midwest, 30 years
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Celebrating 30 years in business, Commonwealth Electric of the Midwest is headquartered in Lincoln. The company has expanded from four locations and 89 employees in 1987 to more than 700 employees in eight locations today. A full-service electrical contractor, Commonwealth offers a wide range of electrical and data-communication services. With a strong Midwestern work ethic and commitment to excellence, Commonwealth’s team continues to succeed as a national leader in the electrical industry.
Museum of American Speed, 25 years
Founded in 1992, the Museum of American Speed is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Housed on the Speedway Motors campus in west Lincoln, the showcase of racing and automotive performance history is a fitting legacy for the late “Speedy” Bill and Joyce Smith. The museum encompasses more than 135,000 square feet over three levels and operates with 54 museum staff and volunteers.
Lincoln Parks Foundation, 25 years
Founded in 1992, the Lincoln Parks Foundation supports parks and recreation programs in Lincoln and is grateful to donors and partners who have helped create and improve public spaces. Some of its projects include the acquisition of the Martin Prairie at Pioneers Park Nature Center, the renovation of the Sunken Gardens and the Hamann Rose Garden, upgrades to Sherman Field, the creation of Union Plaza and Tower Square, the revitalization of Centennial Mall, new pickleball courts at Peterson Park and the soon-to-be completed Woods Tennis Center.
Firespring, 25 years
In 1992, CEO Jay Wilkinson opened Firespring at 14th and P streets, adding a second location in Omaha in 1995. Today, it is one of the largest marketing-communications firms in the Midwest with more than 250 team members in Lincoln, Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Firespring provides print, creative, website and IT solutions for nearly 8,000 brands, businesses and nonprofits all over the world, from mom-and-pop to Fortune 500 companies. As Nebraska’s first Certified B Corporation, Firespring's core purpose is to leverage people, products and profit as a force for good.
Lincoln Today, 25 years
2017 is the 25th anniversary of Lincoln Today magazine, an annual publication that promotes the good life in Lincoln. Full-color and filled with stunning photographs by international photographer Tom Tidball, Lincoln Today was started 25 years ago by editor and publisher Sriyani Tidball, a professor of advertising at UNL. The magazine has been designed from its start by Rayna Collins, who began her career in New York City in the 1980s and has run her own graphic design firm in Lincoln for the past 25 years. Lincoln Today is distributed through bookstores, gift shops, hotels, hospitals, the Downtown Lincoln Association, Lincoln Realtors, Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Aspen Builders, 25 years
Aspen Builders is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is one of Nebraska's premier custom home builders, founded in 1992 by Bob Benes. Aspen has built hundreds of different floor plans, from semi-custom to fully custom, in more than a dozen subdivisions over the past 25 years. It helps customers create the homes they have always envisioned. Aspen Builders has a library of floor plans to choose from or will custom build the house of its customers' dreams.
The Paper Puller, 25 years
The Paper Puller Inc. celebrated its 25th anniversary removing wallpaper in Lincoln and the surrounding areas. The Paper Puller was founded by Dominic Marino in January 1992. He started the business working with real estate agents and interior designers, removing wallpaper and patching walls so they could be painted or repapered. The Paper Puller is a family business with Marino as the president, his wife, Sandy, the office manager, and their son, Antonio, the operations manager.
Central Financial Services, 25 years
Central Financial Services is a full-service financial planning and management firm offering life insurance, annuities and investments for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. It was founded June 1, 1992, by current CEO Timothy E. Cox, and his wife, Luella. In 25 years, Central Financial Services has grown to more than 175 associates practicing in 25 states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely through Ameritas Investment Corp., member FINRA, SIPC. Additional products and services may be available through Central Financial that are not offered by Ameritas. Central Financial and Ameritas are not affiliated.
Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center, 20 years
Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care in Lincoln and the surrounding areas, combining advanced medical oncology and radiation oncology services at two locations in Lincoln. In 1997, when the clinic was started by Dr. Cary Peterson, it had one physician, one physician assistant and 10 or 12 employees. Now it has grown to seven physicians, two physician assistants, two nurse practitioners, a genetic counselor, onsite pharmacist, occupational therapist and nearly 100 employees. It provides patients with access to the latest treatment protocols, clinical trials and a personalized approach to diagnosis and therapy.
James Arthur Vineyards, 20 years
James Arthur Vineyards opened in September 1997. Over the past 20 years, the winery has produced award-winning wine made from grapes grown in its vineyard and by local growers, and has welcomed thousands of visitors, including someone from every state, as well as more than 50 countries. The winery is family-owned and was started by James Arthur and Neenie Jeffers and Jim and Barb Ballard. It employs eight people full time and a number of people part time.
Choices Treatment Center, 15 years
In 2002, Choices Treatment Center opened to provide services to people with problem gambling behaviors. Within nine months, Choices expanded to offer treatment using a holistic approach in the following areas: assessments for problem/pathological gamblers, consultations/interventions for problem gamblers and their families, mental health assessments, family-marriage-budgeting counseling, substance-abuse evaluations and DUI/DWI education on an individual or group basis. Choices licensed/certified counselors are available for presentations at schools, community groups, churches and businesses.
Vacek Family Dentistry, 15 years
Founded in 2002, Vacek Family Dentistry has combined compassionate, personal care with an ongoing commitment to proven technology in pursuit of optimal dental health and a pleasant patient experience. Drs. Craig Vacek and Justin Gufford and a talented staff of eight offer comprehensive preventive and restorative dentistry to achieve comfortable, functional and beautiful smiles. Vacek Dentistry focuses on CEREC CAD/CAM single-visit dentistry, start-to-finish dental implants utilizing computer-guided surgery and restoration and patient-specific digital smile design. Patients from toddlers to centenarians are the foundation of the practice's success, and it hopes to build on the tradition of providing the best dentistry has to offer for many years to come.
The Daisy, 10 years
The Daisy Thrift Shop, 6433 Havelock Ave., started in August 2007 and will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in August. The shop offers high-quality, low-priced women's clothing, accessories and decor. Started by a group of volunteers involved with Fresh Start women's shelter, more than 30 volunteers sort incoming donations for residents and clothing donated for sale to the public. Proceeds support shelter programs. Cindy Piester and Karen Lenzen helped plant the idea and have continued to help the shop grow. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and every third Thursday, 4-7 p.m.
www.freshstarthome.org (click on The Daisy)
Affordable Quality Painting, 10 years
Jeff Oldfield started Affordable Quality Painting after noticing poor workmanship and lack of pride while working at other painting companies. He wanted to provide a better experience to customers by offering the highest quality of work at a fair price. He does interior and exterior commercial and residential painting. All work is done by owner.
Nebraska Bank of Commerce, 10 years
Nebraska Bank of Commerce was formed Dec. 3, 2007, as Community Bank of Lincoln. In 2010, a group of local investors, led by Lee Stuart, Ben Harris and David Hadani, acquired the bank and changed the name to NBC in homage to the Stuart family and its connection to the original NBC. Chris Hove became president and CEO in 2011, and today, the bank has 34 employees and has grown to over $128 million in assets. The bank’s continued focus is on partnering with customers and the community, community involvement and local decision making.
Pearls and Pebbles/Finer Things Consignment, 5 years
Founded by Roxanne Smith in Lincoln in 2012, Pearls and Pebbles offers unique jewelry and scarves, gently worn clothing and accessories and unusual china and home décor. Smith and her staff of five are pleased to help Lincoln’s discerning shoppers find the perfect outfit, accessories and collectibles. Pearls and Pebbles, 2545 Randolph St., supports many local charitable groups by donating items for fundraising. Download its free mobile app for discounts and rewards.
Blush Bridal Boutique, 5 years
Blush Bridal Boutique was founded in October 2012 by Emmy Gorman. Since then, she and her staff of five have dressed more than 400 brides for their wedding days.
Toppers Pizza, 5 years
Toppers Pizza is on a mission to be the best pizza company in the world. It wants fans to have their pizza made the way they want it. That means fresh dough, real Wisconsin cheese and as many toppings as they crave without the extra cost. The Lincoln owner knows the UNL college experience, as a grad himself, and couldn’t keep the pies or legendary Topperstix away from his college community after graduating. Toppers plans to expand its Lincoln presence to satisfy more customer cravings.