For something a little different, here are five Lincoln businesses I couldn't live without:
What Lincoln business(es) could you not live without?
- Hy-Vee. I know Hy-Vee isn't locally owned, but I have always preferred their stores to other options available in town. And when I travel out of town and need to visit a grocery store -- such as when The Missus and I were in Boston for nearly two weeks this summer -- I always feel lucky to have such a good store here at home.
- Avant Card. I purchase almost all of my greeting cards at Avant Card, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Why buy Hallmark when you can choose from Avant Card's eclectic collection? Plus, their people are very helpful. Case in point: I was the first to know that we were getting Robbie, so I went down to Avan Card and asked if they had any Mother's Day cards. Except, it was a couple weeks after Mother's Day. But they came through and gave me a huge box of cards to browse through. I found the perfect one, and it made telling The Missus about Robbie so much more fun.
- Lincoln Running Company. Ann Ringlein's store on P Street is the place to buy running shoes if you're a local runner. But it isn't just the shoes. The people are always helpful and knowledgeable, and Ann is, well, she's Ann, and who doesn't love Ann?
- The Mill. Well, actually I could go thorugh life just fine without The Mill, because I don't drink coffee. But the thought of putting up with The Missus in a world without her coffee fix from The Mill is downright frightening. (Just kidding! Please don't change the locks!)
- Ivanna Cone. I brag about Ivanna Cone all the time, but seriously folks, can you imagine if we had to go through summer without Ivanna Cone? I shudder at the thought.