By Brooke Criswell
Online Content Manager
College is more than job training. Sure you go to class – a lot. Yes, you do homework – a lot.
So, let’s see how you can break away from your dorm or classroom, mingle with others and get involved outside of campus life.
Here are 12 places you can visit within walking-distance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus:
1. Feel like a sandwich?
Pickleman’s Café – 1908 S. 67th.
Nestle in the Aksarben Village shopping center, Pinkleman’s Café serves serve soups, salads and sandwiches at an affordable rate. Most items cost between $5 and $10. I recommend the cheddar and broccoli soup, it’s a lot more cheddar flavored than broccoli.
2. Curb your sweet tooth
Jones Bros Cupcakes – 2121 S. 67th St.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, Jones Bros Cupcakes is a bakery definitely worth the visit for its offerings of cupcakes, cheesecakes, ice cream and macaroons. Most dessert items cost between $3 and $5. My favorite is the bakery’s sweet and salty cupcake. I swear I ate one a day during finals week. If you’re hungry, the bakery also offers large meal options such as soups, salads and sandwiches. Prices vary from $8 to $12.
“I love Jones Bros. The first time I ever went to Aksarben it was to go there because I heard their cupcakes were the best” said UNO student Jessica Teaford. “Then I realized that there was a whole shopping center that I never even knew about. ”
3. Fashionable shop stops
If you’re on the hunt for a dress for a night out or casual daywear, two boutiques to stop at are Togs and Luvbird. Togs tend to attract a sophisticated shopper with more disposable income. Luvbird is friendlier on the college budget. Both boutiques have a variety of styles to sift through.
“I love helping people,” said Annette, general manager at Togs Boutique. “I love helping them find a great outfit and walk out of here feeling great about themselves.”
4. Need a pick-me-up?
Every student needs caffeine at some point in their college career; trust me on this one. Lucky for you, Scooters is down Center Street from Aksarben Village in the Aksarben Place shopping area – a three or four block walk. Starbucks is also nearby but in the Shoppes at Aksarben. Coming soon, Roast will be a new local coffee house next to Pickleman’s.
5. Need a cut?
If your hair needs styling or a trim, there are a few options around the Aksarben Village area. 18|8 is a men’s salon with stylists that stay on top of the latest hair trends for men. ROAR is quite active on its social media account and posts tons of fun updates and styling examples to its Facebook page. Great Clips is a more affordable salon for a quick haircut.
6. In search of a major retailer?
Walmart -1606 S 72nd St.
Target – 72nd & Dodge.
For basic necessities, Walmart and Target are both within a three-mile distance. Walmart is closer to the Pacific Campus and Target is near the main Dodge campus.
7. Looking for a place to watch the big game?
Dudley’s Tavern – 2110 S 67th St.
Dj’s Dugout – 2102 South 67th St.
Dj’s Dugout and Dudley’s are perfect options for watching whichever sporting event you’re into. The restaurants both offer wings, pizza, beer and sports on big screen televisions. They have also been named Omaha’s best sports bar.
8. Ready for a movie night?
Aksarben Cinema – 2110 S 67th St.
On a night when you don’t want to go out but don’t want to stay in, there’s always Aksarben Cinema.
“I really like having the movie theater nearby,” said UNO student Ashley Spurlock, “because whenever I don’t want to study I can go there to take my mind off things.”’
The movie theater offers $5 movies on Tuesdays and a discount on Thursdays for students along with multiple food deals. The cinema has a bar and a cafe inside.
9. Noodles, please.
Noodles and Company – 203 S 72nd St.
Noodles and Company is the place to go if you want any type of pasta. No really, any type. It’s reasonably priced and delicious. Most food items cost between $7 and $10. The restaurant offers online ordering for convenience and coupon deals every month if you sign up for their newsletter.
10. Need a break from everything?
Massage Envy and Spa – 7010 Dodge St.
This is a great place to get your kinks and stress knots worked on – especially during finals week. Sign up for monthly messages and you’ll get discounts on services.
11. Feel like listening to live music
Aksarben Village hosts “Saturdays at Stinson” which are free live music concerts held at the park weekly. Check out the above photo to get an idea of how much fun this 7 p.m. event is for people of all ages. Click here to view the music schedule.
12. Want some fresh produce?
Visit Stinson Park on Sundays to check out the produce from more than 90 Omaha Farmers Market booth. The outdoor market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday.
Other places worth checking out for grub:
Qdoba – 1110 S. 71st St
For your Mexican food fulfillment.
First Watch Café – 1222 South 71st St.
For an American breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Pie Five Pizza – 1303 S. 72nd St.
Create your own pizza with your choice of toppings.
Voo Doo Taco – 67th and Center Street.
Customize your own taco in minutes.