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Opening Echo Coffee

Justin Schaffner is very laid back. Have a conversation with him and you’ll undoubtedly hear him say, “Oh, no worries!” at least two or three times because he says that a lot. It’s amazing that he’s so calm considering the past two years have been filled with uncertainty and frustration as he tried to open the doors to his coffee shop.

He remembers when the idea to start a business first came to him; it was...


Table Grace Café: Doing Good and Filling Bellies

 

 

I had to wait a few minutes before chef Matt Weber was available to chat, so I took some time to wander around and get a feel for this place. What I already knew about Table Grace Café is that it’s a place that offers food for a free-will offering. They don’t suggest a certain amount of money as a donation – you just give what you feel like giving and nobody knows how much you donated because it all goes...


The Scooter’s Guy

There’s a good chance that you don’t think you know Bill Kipper. He’s a fairly low-key guy and doesn’t really spend any time seeking out the limelight, so it’s a fair assumption. On the other hand, there’s an excellent chance that he’s affected you in one way or another – at least, he’s affected you if you’ve ever had a coffee from any Scooter’s anywhere.

Bill’s “the guy.” More specifically, he’s the one and...


A Conversation with Chef Jon Seymour

Jon Seymour’s mom didn’t let him into the kitchen much while she cooked when he was a kid, but now he’s had the last laugh. “My mom always cooked, but we weren’t allowed into the kitchen so it was kind of mysterious,” he laughs. Now a semi-finalist for the National James Beard Foundation Award for Best Midwest Chef, he’s considered one of the best chefs in the Omaha area as the Head Chef at V. Mertz.

Just to be...


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