The Journal Star invited businesses and other offices celebrating an anniversary divisible by five this year to share their history with readers.
Wyuka Cemetery, which embodies Nebraska history, was established by the Nebraska Legislature. The rolling terrain created a park-like cemetery with curving roads following the lay of the land. Trustees, appointed by the governor, named it Wyuka, a blending of Otoe and English languages meaning "place of reclining." The cemetery comprises 140 acres, with a funeral home employing 15 people, the historic Rudge Chapel and a restored stables where Shakespeare and community events are held.
Schwarz Paper Co.
Locally owned Schwarz Paper Co. was originally called Nebraska Bag Co., and was located near the present-day Journal Star building. The Schwarz brothers move to Eighth and O streets in 1917. The business is now near 14th Street and Pine Lake Road. Knox Jones is president of the company. He followed his father, Dave, who followed his father, J. Knox. At one time, the company was the largest toy wholesaler between Denver and Chicago. Schwarz has 12 employees and sells janitorial supplies and industrial paper.
Sally Everett and her brother, Alex Brening, founded the company and opened the first location near Pioneers Park with a $500 investment. In 1966, Sally’s son, Donald Everett, purchased the rights to the Runza sandwich, trademarked the name and opened his first Runza Restaurant at 56th and Holdrege streets. As the chain expanded, Don ensured quality was never compromised for the sake of growth.
HopeSpoke, formerly the Child Guidance Center, is celebrating decades of inspiring healthy futures for children and their families through comprehensive behavioral and mental health services in Lincoln. HopeSpoke, founded by the Junior League of Lincoln and the Community Chest, the precursor to the United Way, employs 105 full- and part-time staff, including licensed therapists, psychologists, support staff and treatment specialists.
Lincoln Trap & Skeet
Lincoln Trap & Skeet, 4855 N. 48th St., is the oldest clay target, shotgun range in Nebraska. It is open to the public with recreational shooting, league shooting and competitions.
Pinewood Bowl Inc.
Pinewood Bowl Inc. celebrates seven decades of summer musicals presented at Pinewood Bowl in Pioneers Park. Volunteers started what is now the Pinewood Bowl tradition with the first musical in 1949 and volunteers work all year to preserve this uniquely Lincoln theater experience. Pinewood Bowl Inc. believes in the community’s talent. Its cast/crew/orchestra are all community-based volunteers.
48 Bowl Inc., comprised of Hollywood Bowl and Parkway Lanes, celebrates Parkway's 60th anniversary. The bowling centers are locally owned and provide Lincoln and the surrounding communities with affordable family entertainment focused on value and customer service. 48 Bowl gives back to Lincoln more than $20,000 annually through organizations such as Pins for Pups, Junior Achievement, the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and other organizations.
Lincoln Sport Parachute Club
The Lincoln Sport Parachute Club, which has nearly 70 members, offers a variety of skydiving classes to first-timers, as well as a place for experienced jumpers. It also performs demonstration jumps into events and stadiums. Founded by Marion “Shorty” Janousek and Ken Sisler, it's one of the oldest, continuously running skydiving facilities in the world. In the early '80s, it relocated to the Weeping Water airport.
Barstow Alexander Technique Institute
The Barstow Alexander Technique Institute was founded by Lincoln native Marjorie L. Barstow to share the principles and discoveries of F.M. Alexander regarding conscious change and use in movement. Barstow was the original graduate and the only American in Alexander’s first training program in London.
C and L Dairy Sweet
Celebrating 40 years at 2101 W. Van Dorn St., C and L Dairy Sweet serves its signature lemon cones every Tuesday and Wednesday. Clarice "Hap" Loomis orchestrated the move from West O Street to its current location and still takes an active role in serving treats from April through September to those visiting nearby Pioneers Park. Hap's three daughters and all six grandchildren have been a part of the operation.
Coddy's Indian Jewelry
Coddy and Tom Houchen started Coddy's Indian Jewelry in 1984 at 3200 N.W. 12th Street in the Best Western Airport Inn. Its Indian jewelry comes from New Mexico and Arizona. It's all handmade and sterling silver, with real stones, and features the largest inventory in the Midwest.
The Time Shoppe
The Time Shoppe is owned and was founded by David and Vickie Wolfe, both still active in the business. Also employed are daughter Emily Ehly and granddaughter Grace Ehly. The Time Shoppe sells watches and watch bands, installs watch batteries, and repairs modern and antique watches. All work is done in the store at 6450 O St.
Advanced Office Automation
Advanced Office Automation sells and services Savin multi-function copy equipment, high speed duplicators and printers. Founders Paul Evans and David Kyncl employ 12 people both in Lincoln and Omaha. A lot has changed in 30 years, but putting the customer first has never changed for AOA.
Established by Mark and Cheri Belger as a decorative hardware supplier, Guld Edge’s showroom has been at 4702 Prescott Ave. in College View for the last 28 years. Guld Edge displays the largest selection of cabinet and door hardware in Lincoln.
ServeNebraska, the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, coordinates AmeriCorps programming in the state. It works to grow the culture of service in Nebraska through promotion and recognition of volunteer efforts, training and technical assistance, celebration of national days of service and sparking creative partnerships. Its mission is to mobilize Nebraskans to strengthen their communities through volunteering, collaboration and national service programs.
Nebraska Community Foundation
Through a growing grassroots network of volunteers who hail from every corner of the state, the Nebraska Community Foundation inspires charitable giving and connects ambitious people who believe in the future of their hometown. Headquartered in Lincoln, the foundation provides financial management, strategic development, donor education and training in partnership with 1,500 volunteers serving 257 communities.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Lancaster County recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, truant and ungovernable children and youth in Juvenile Court. CASA was founded with the help of retired Judge Tom Dawson and a group of dedicated community volunteers. Last year there were 106 CASA volunteers advocating for 236 children and youth in Lancaster County.
Husker Rehabilitation & Wellness Centers
Founders Michael Zalman and Greg Cromer started providing physical therapy services in the Lincoln area, and the company has grown, adding owner/therapist Ryan Wade and therapists Melissa Crome, Michelle Spicka, Ben Petersen, Kelli Reilly, and Alyssa Kamphaus to service three Lincoln locations and clinics in Beatrice, Fairbury and Nebraska City.
HoriSun Hospice was founded by owners Dr. Bob Bleicher and Susan Burkey, and serves individuals in Lincoln and surrounding communities. HoriSun Hospice helps those facing a life-limiting illness by providing them help, hope and comfort, allowing them dignity and support. Its team consists of 32 committed and specially trained professionals.
Jeremie Garrison started ALLways Towing Inc. with only one truck, thanks to the help of a loan from a family member. He worked alone for the first two years, building the company one customer at a time. The company has four employees and has increased its fleet to 10 trucks. It provides towing, winchouts and roadside assistance in Lincoln and surrounding communities.
Susan Danekas began Another Home upscale furniture consignment store in Sutter Place Mall. Another Home features furniture and accessories 10 years old and newer from a pet/smoke-free environment in a showroom setting. Now owned by Ruth Ann Allder, it is leadership the only consignment furniture store in Lincoln.
Leadership Resources has grown from a startup with seven leadership development clients to a reputable, multi-service line organization that helps clients develop high-performing leaders, build strong strategic and operational plans and create cultures of accountability, with locations in Lincoln and Omaha.
Revolution Wraps specializes in large-format graphics and quality installations, while focusing on partnering with clients to build bigger brands. In 2004, when vehicle wraps were just beginning to pop up in Lincoln, Revolution Wraps was looking for a way to promote its business. Recognizing an opportunity, owners jumped in. The company now employs 35 people across both its Lincoln and Omaha offices.
With 140 employees, MacPractice creates best-in-class medical, dental, chiropractic and optical software for Apple operating systems. MacPractice is dedicated to delivering the best practice management and clinical software to clients, backed by world-class support and integrated with time- and money-saving services.
Vest Psychiatric Services
Established and owned by Tina Vest with locations in Lincoln and Beatrice, Vest Psychiatric Services provides individualized comprehensive evidence-based psychiatric and mental health services for all ages, including psychiatric evaluations, psychological evaluations, drug and alcohol evaluations, medication management, consultation liaison, and psychotherapy. Its team includes eight employees and independent contractors.
SuperGlass Nebraska Windshield Repair
SuperGlass Nebraska Windshield Repair is part of the largest repair-only franchise worldwide, providing services to individuals and fleet managers. Its exclusive resin is designed to match the optical refractive index of glass for a quality repair. Repairing saves your windshield’s factory seal and is also environmentally responsible, keeping glass out of landfills.
CountryHouse, 25th Street and Old Cheney Road, provides progressive memory care in homelike surroundings for individuals with Alzheimer's. It's one of 11 CountryHouse communities across the country owned and operated by Agemark, a senior-living company founded in 1987. Agemark built two CountryHouses in Lincoln; each employs more than 45 staff members.
Palmer's Music is a family-owned and -operated business founded by Kevin Palmer and his son Matthew. It specializes in repairing and restoring woodwind, brass and stringed instruments. Matthew is a fourth-generation repair technician, carrying on the legacy of his great-grandfather O.W. Palmer. In five years, it has expanded its shop to include four full-time technicians.
Endacott, Peetz & Timmer
Endacott, Peetz & Timmer is a startup small business with 14 employees. The three attorneys who started the firm wanted to focus exclusively on helping clients with wills, trusts and estates. They are located in one of Lincoln’s oldest buildings, the Kennard Building at 10th and K streets, and have other locations in Newman Grove and Bruning.