GNS Vapor of Lincoln, Nebraska – Do you want to give up smoking in 2015?

Have you tried other methods without success?

Or, are you worried about the health consequences for friends and family who are smokers and just can’t seem to kick the habit? Do you hate your partner smoking around you, whether because of the harmful effects of secondhand smoke or the smell—or all of the above?

GNS Vapor has the answer to all of these issues:

Consider trying an E-Cig. Our amazing selection of electronic cigarettes will give you all of the pleasure you desire from smoking while allowing you to control how much nicotine you are ingesting whenever you please. GNS Vapor also provides a huge selection of custom-blended E-Liquids and E-Juices proudly made in Lincoln, NE—no more nicotine smell and with plenty of options to choose from, there’s something for everyone!

Photo_GNS_Vapor_Electronic_Cigarettes_Lincoln_NebraskaAt GNS Vapor, we work hard to provide the best flavors at the lowest price on the market. Our innovative electronic cigarettes work with a vaporizer, so there truly is no smoke at all. You may have heard the term “vaping” – largely due to the fact that since there is no smoke involved, when using an e-cigarette you aren’t really “smoking” anything. There are plenty of devices that are discreet and convenient; small enough to fit in your pocket even. Simulating “smoking” has proven to be a much healthier and highly effective smoking alternative that has already positively influenced the health outcomes and lives of many people worldwide.

To accommodate the growth of the business and as an added convenience to many of our loyal customers, GNS Vapor recently opened a new store location on West O and Capitol Beach. This is now our third store, in addition to the original existing locations at 56th & Holdrege and 33rd & Pioneers. All of GNS Vapor’s convenient locations are open seven days a week until 9 p.m. In addition to the extensive variety of E-cig devices, GNS Vapor also offers plenty of starter kits and supplies. Additionally, wholesale inquiries are welcome. Please check with your local shops for availability and pricing on all products.

Photo_GNS_Vapor_Store_Lincoln_NebraskaGNS Vapor is fully insured and a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business. Our locally owned and operated business plans to continue to grow through 2015; highlights will include the upcoming launch of the new website coming soon and with that, the availability of online ordering options.

Call GNS Vapor today at (402) 499-9990 to find out more about the products we carry and the services we provide, and we’d be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about electronic cigarettes. You may also follow GNS Vapor on Facebook and Instagram @GNS Vapor for store updates and excellent deals!

Vape Fresh, Vape Local, Vape GNS!

Stop by one of our three convenient locations today!

4230 S. 33rd St., Ste 103 | 402.499.9990

1401 N. 56th St. (Swing In Plaza) | 402.261.5092

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Electronic Contracting Company of Lincoln, Nebraska – The Best in Quality Design, Installation & Service

Electronic Contracting Company is a low voltage systems contractor that provides Audio/Visual, Life Safety, Security and Communications solutions to educational, governmental, industrial, health care, correctional, hospitality and religious facilities. From its corporate headquarters in Lincoln, Electronic Contracting Company supervises a high quality team of design, sales, installation, service, and support personnel in branch offices located in Kansas City, MO; Wichita, KS; and Omaha, NE.

How long have you been in Lincoln?
Prior to its incorporation as Electronic Contracting Company in 1978, the company operated under the name of Hygain Electronic Systems and Electronic Equipment Supply Company whose existence dates back to 1956.

Who are the owners/important executives?
Electronic Contracting Company is owned by Duane and Phyllis Acklie of Lincoln, NE.  Adam S. Karavas has been the President of the company dating back to 1956. More recent additions to the management team include Executive Vice President John B. Dodds, who joined Electronic Contracting Company in 1984 and Vice President of Finance Bruce E. Petersen, who joined the firm in 1986.

What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours?

There are many companies that offer some of the solutions we offer, but very few companies that offer all of the solutions available through Electronic Contracting Company. The depth of experience of our employees is a great asset to Electronic Contracting Company customers. It allows us to extend the service life of existing systems and bring our experience to bear when making recommendations to customers. We are unique in our ability to fabricate in-house custom configurations and components required for one time specialty applications.

What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?

Lincoln, NE is our home office. Our connections in Lincoln run deep and we have a long history with our customers. There is a great satisfaction that comes from doing a job well, and having customers come back for their next project.

What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?

Electronic Contracting Company is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), InfoComm International, Associated Builders and Contractors Association (ABC Cornhusker Chapter), Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA), and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We enjoy an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

What has been your most important achievement as a business?

Remaining viable and relevant in today’s environment after over 58 years in business would have to be one the most important achievements of Electronic Contracting Company. Keeping up with new, ever-advancing technology and system capabilities is quite the challenge.  We have seen many companies, manufacturers, and systems come and go over those years and have continued to thrive and grow as a company.

What was the biggest turning point in your business?

Certainly a milestone in our business has been the addition of our home office building at 6501 North 70th Street here in Lincoln. We were able to design the facility around our business processes and incorporate many of the systems we offer our customers into our own facility. Our home office has become a living showcase of technology for our customers and they can see an array of functioning systems including Security, Fire Alarm, Access Control, Audio/Visual, Touch Screen Control, Sound Masking , Telephone, LAN, and Intercom.

What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?

There has been an explosion of technology in the video surveillance industry in the past few years. Advances in digital video transmission, IP megapixel digital cameras, digital storage, and video analytics have combined to multiply the capabilities of today’s video systems. Video Analytics processing allows actions to be initiated in real time based on things happing in the video frame.

What do you see happening with the business in the next five years?

There is a convergence of systems moving to IP data transmission and Power over Ethernet (POE) field devices. We have seen this in the video, nurse call, telephone, and fire protection industries already. Systems will continue to become more interconnected and their capabilities will expand as storage and processing power continues to grow and become less expensive.

Recent projects of Electronic Contracting Company:


Farmers Mutual of Nebraska


Memorial Stadium


Pinnacle Bank Arena

For more information, call 402-466-8274.



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McGill Restoration in Lincoln, Nebraska – Building Relationships through Craftsmanship

McGill Restoration Inc. has been in business since 1985, and currently employs approximately 65 concrete and masonry restoration professionals. With annual revenues of approximately $9 million, McGill Restoration is a recognized industry leader in the rehabilitation and preservation of concrete and masonry structures. This includes commercial restoration services on buildings, water structures, parking garages, bridges, grain silos, and industrial facilities.

How long have you been in Lincoln?

Since January 2014, when we added a Lincoln office location to better serve our clients in the area.

Photo_Tim_McGill_Omaha_NebraskaWho are the owners/important executives?

Tim McGill – CEO, Rich McGill – CFO, Kelly (McGill) Palmer – HR Manager, Joanne Wilds – Office Manager, Darin Cielocha – Vice President of Business Development, Ben Russell – General Superintendent, Dennis Rice – General Superintendent, Michael Lilienthal – Equipment & Procurement Manager, Jeff Benning – Project Manager/Estimator, and James Bouckaert – Project Manager/Estimator.

What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?

The sense of pride that people in Lincoln take in their city and community. In working with business people and owners in Lincoln you get a true sense of their willingness to continue to better themselves and their community.

What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?

We are members of LIBA and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce as well as active supporters of the Make a Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Joslyn Castle Trust, and Girls, Inc. Tim and Rich are both active members of Entrepreneurs Organization of Nebraska (Tim is also the incoming president).

What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours?

Our people, including the working knowledge of our key personnel running the projects and the highly skilled professionals performing the work in the field. The kind of knowledge and passion that we take in our work is something that cannot be learned out of a book or built off a set of blueprints. When performing restoration work, having the experience to say, “We have seen this before and resolved issues like yours previously,” is the only way a business can be successful in our industry. We are the kind of company you call when no one else can seem to figure how to resolve your structures problem, and we take a lot of pride in that.

What has been your most important achievement as a business?

To take over our father’s business (Tim McGill Sr.) that he started back in 1985 and continue to provide the same high-level of restoration services that the business has been known for the past 30 years.

What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced?

To continue to find young people who want to look at the construction/restoration trade as a career. Finding people that have the skill sets paired with the drive to learn a trade is challenging.

Photo_McGill_Restoration_Lincoln_NebraskaWhat was the biggest turning point in your business?

When the company started to venture off from just doing masonry restoration work, and started to get into other types of restoration work. Today, the masonry restoration portion of our business makes up only
about 20% of our total revenues. Projects that entail structural concrete repairs and specialty coatings make up the majority of our company’s revenues today.

What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?

With the rebound of the U.S. economy, consumer confidence has definitely come back and businesses are investing and maintaining their building and structures more these days. Also, Lincoln has just recently gone through a major expansion in the downtown area of the city (Pinnacle Bank Arena, The Railyard, etc.). All of those facilities will need services like ours to maintain and upkeep their properties.

What is one goal for your business that you have yet to accomplish?

To continue to develop a client and customer base that helps support a backlog of work during the colder months of the year. We have very detailed-minded and skilled workers, and it’s very important to capture work opportunities that keep them working all year long!

To Learn more about McGill Restoration visit

or call the Lincoln office at (402) 438-4110

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Union Bank & Trust in Lincoln, Nebraska


Imagine receiving a call from your bank. You might expect it to be about your account, to provide an update on your loan application, or to schedule an appointment to meet with your banker. Three Union Bank customers received a phone call in 2014, but were surprised to discover it wasn’t the usual business call. They were asked to tell their story in a television commercial.

Union Bank believes every customer has a story to tell; filled with determination, ups and downs, and achieving dreams. With tens of thousands of bank customers, all of them can’t be featured in lights, but a few can represent them.

Photo_Union_Bank_and_Trust_Gabe_Lovelace_Eric_Hustad_Lincoln_NebraskaONE DAY WE’LL BE CHANGING THE WAY LINCOLN EATS

Gabe Lovelace and Eric Hustad, cousins and owners of Ground Up Restaurants, started on wheels – with a food truck. The ideas were always big and they quickly turned into Honest Abe’s and Sebastian’s Table. In describing their experience on camera, Gabe said, “We had a fun time collaborating with other professionals, creating an accurate and fun story for our business.”




New business ideas really can start with a sketch on a napkin. That’s how Angela Lee began her concept for Sholdit, an innovative line of products that mix practicality with fashion. Angela said this about her TV commercial experience. “The professionalism yet fun heartedness carried over from our banking relationship right on into producing the TV commercial. Union Bank and Trust’s team went above and beyond to respect my time and my company. They really do mean it when they say ‘you belong here’ and I can’t agree more.”

Photo_Union_Bank_and_Trust_Katie_and_Grant_Quiring_Lincoln_NebraskaAT SOME POINT WE’LL BUILD A FARM FOR OUR FAMILY

A dream for the family; to have a farming operation that will grow into a family legacy is what Grant & Katie Quiring are building for their son Wyatt (and the other little one on the way). Katie commented on their time with the filming crew, “It was incredible to meet such a diverse group of people and all of us coming together for a common purpose. We definitely had the easy job, all we had to do was be honest and tell our story.”

Helping people achieve their dreams is at the core of Union Bank’s mission. They are diverse, unique and even amazing. So, what’s your dream? Maybe they can help.

To view the commercials featuring Gabe, Eric, Angela, Katie and Grant, go to Union Bank’s YouTube channel:

To learn more visit or call 402-323-1828.

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Destination Orlando, Florida

Recently, our president Paige Zutavern was blessed with the opportunity to host a foreign exchange student. Jöelle, who arrived in August, travelled from her home in the Netherlands to spend her senior year in the United States. She is currently attending Waverly High with Paige’s youngest son, Zane, who is a sophomore. So far this experience has been particularly exciting for Paige, who always wanted a daughter, and the first thing up on the agenda after getting Jöelle acclimated to her new surroundings was giving her a good taste of one of the best tourist destinations in the United States—Orlando, FL! Originally, the three were taking a quick vacation together but when Zane was unable to go because he couldn’t miss an important football game, Paige made it a girls’ trip and invited one of Jöelle’s friends, Floortje, who is also a foreign exchange student from the same country.

Needless to say, both of the girls have been eager to take all of the new experiences abroad and this was no different. It was really interesting to see Orlando—a hot spot for tourists that we’ve visited so many times over the years—through the eyes of two teenage girls from another country.  We had the chance to visit some great local attractions and take in the food, entertainment and experiences that Orlando is world famous for and as always, it was amazing!

Café Tu Tu Tango | (407) 248-2222 |

Photo_Cafe_Tu_Tango_Strictly_Business_Magazine_Travel_Story_Orlando_Lincoln_NebraskaCafé Tu Tu Tango offers an amazingly artistic atmosphere that is infused with creativity, diversity, and tons of color.   On a heavily trafficked strip that is primarily full of restaurant chains, Café Tu Tu Tango is a locally owned and operated gem. This one-of-a-kind venue integrates local art and artists into the dining experience, and stands apart on its strip as the only locally owned and operated restaurant. All of the vibrant art displayed in the restaurant, from paintings to sculptures and more, is the work of local artists and can be purchased by patrons. Additionally, artists work among the diners and interact with them–with the diverse line-up of live entertainment that also includes performances from musicians and dancers you’re always in for a treat and you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Creativity also extends into the culinary arts here, as Café Tu Tu Tango boasts a menu that is all made from scratch. Their menu not only features eclectic and delicious offerings from all around the world, but also incorporates artistic flare into the presentation of each dish. Everything on the menu is meant to be shared, which was perfect because we all had the opportunity to try new things that we wouldn’t normally have chosen for ourselves. Our favorites included the Guacamame (a combination of chickpeas, roasted garlic, cumin, tahini, garlic oil, edamame, avocado, and salsa roja served with tortilla chips), Alforno Roasted Pears (pecan crisps, crumbled blue cheese and arugula), Mediterranean Marinated Olives and Feta (which also included a combination of artichoke hearts, oven roasted mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes—yum!), and a Gaudi Flatbread Pizza (with goat cheese, ricotta salata cheese, hazelnuts, leeks, dates, balsamic reduction, and watercress). Among the wide variety of menu items, we also tried the Spiced Alligator Bites, Dynamite Shrimp with a sweet chili aioli that was to-die-for, Hazelnut Lemongrass Fish, Cajun Chicken Egg Rolls, Asian Marinated Steak Skewers, and Braised Beef Short Ribs. It may seem like we opted for the “order one of everything” approach–which honestly was really tempting–but that was just the tip of the iceberg! Their beverages and desserts were also a treat, and were just as colorful and amazingly crafted as everything else at Café Tu Tu Tango. The featured drink, Warhol’s Velvet Banana, was incredible and their Rocky Road Cookie Pizza (cookie crust, marshmallows, salted peanuts, chocolate chips, locally-made vanilla gelato, and house-made Drambuie caramel sauce) and Banana Pizza (hand tossed pizza, cinnamon streusel, fresh bananas, locally-made salted caramel gelato, house-made Drambuie sauce, and whipped cream) were absolutely divine.

We also can’t say enough about how great our server, Brittany was during our visit. She later shared with us that there is some serious competition and she had to wait in a long line for the job, so it’s not too surprising that exceptional service is part of the experience. We agree with Brittany, Café Tu Tu Tango would definitely be among the best places to work in Orlando! She was friendly, upbeat and helpful with everything from sharing fun facts about the restaurant and the décor to guiding us through the menu and recommending the best drinks to pair with the items we ordered. Overall, if you are looking for a unique experience full of art, culture, and a fresh culinary perspective, Café Tu Tu Tango is at the top of the must-visit list for anyone who is taking a trip to the Orlando area.

Giraffe Ranch | (813) 482-3400 |

Safari Wilderness | (813) 382-2120 |

Giraffe Ranch and Safari Wilderness are neighboring wildlife attractions–sister ranches, if you will–that are home to some of the most amazing animals on Earth. Not to be confused as a zoo or theme park, these are hands-on real working wildlife preserves where animals have plenty of room to roam. The best part by far, especially with respect to Giraffe Ranch, is that you get extremely up close and personal with the animals as you safely interact and engage with them. Have you ever fed a giraffe or a water buffalo? Have you ever seen a herd of animals indigenous to Africa running free? How about hugging a rhino or getting into a cage and playing around with a group of lemurs? We have, and those memories will last us a lifetime.

Safari Wilderness offers a huge expanse of land full of wildlife with spread out attractions to explore, while Giraffe Ranch is more focused on intimate, interactive experiences with the host of exotic animals. Highlights of our visit included feeding the lemurs, giraffes and rhinos and even riding camels. During the feeding experience, the animals would gently pull on your hand or nudge you, which was so much fun for everyone. While both were fantastic, we especially enjoyed Giraffe Ranch because of the smaller tour group of 10-12 people, which allowed us to as a lot of questions and spend most of our time up-close with the animals.

Our expert tour guide, who was also the owner, was extremely knowledgeable as he has been in the zoo industry for years. This added a very important educational piece to the overall experience. He was informative and engaging in just the right amounts, which we definitely considered to be an added bonus to the main attraction of the animals themselves. It was also really cool that a main part of the experience also included learning about conservation efforts and how these two popular tourist attractions are helping to preserve species that are endangered or extinct in the wild. As Nebraskans, we also found it to be a fun fact that every night up to 200 sandhill cranes can be found roosting on the grounds!

The Walt Disney World Resort | (407) 939-5277 |

Photo_Disney_World_Strictly_Business_Magazine_Lincoln_NebraskaIt’s an undeniable fact that you just can’t go to Orlando without stopping by the always magical Disney World! While we could go a million times and not get tired of it, this visit was particularly great because Jöelle and Floortje got to experience an authentic Disney theme park for the first time. They both said it was their favorite part of the trip, and we don’t blame them! We can report that the new adventurous family roller coaster, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, is now open in Fantasyland and it is awesome! Racing through the diamond mine straight out of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a thrilling experience that we highly recommend—in true Disney fashion, you really feel like you are transported to another world. The girls’ favorite rides were the Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, and Expedition Everest (more commonly known as the Yeti)—as to be expected from most teens they really did gravitate towards the most daring, scary rides in the park! It’s essential to be prepared to keep up with the energy level all day—we arrived at the park when it opened at 9 a.m. and stayed all the way until 1 a.m. (in total, a 16 hour day!), which was well worth it but also completely exhausting. As always, Disney World is an amazing place where everyone gets to enjoy “The Happiest Place on Earth” and a heavy dose of everything Disney!

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba | (407) 939-1929 |

Photo_Cirque_du_Soleil_Disney_Strictly_Business_Magazine_Lincoln_NebraskaDuring our trip to Walt Disney World, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to attend a Cirque du Soleil show! La Nouba is described as “a boundless and festive journey of the imagination”, and we completely agree that this sums it up perfectly. The show is a mixture of dreams and nightmares, where performers are either from the fantastic world of circus artists or the dark world of “urbanite” street performers. As with most Cirque du Soleil shows, it is highly entertaining and geared towards an adult audience. However, this show is also one that kids can enjoy too. Among the performances, a great part of this show is that it incorporates classic circus acts such as bicycle and motorcycle stunts, aerial performers (what’s a circus without the high wire and flying trapeze?), and goofy clown acts that boost the energy of the crowd. La Nouba was in line with what we have come to expect from a Cirque du Soleil show, a journey into a brightly colored, bizarrely enchanting experience that will draw you in and keep you mesmerized throughout the entire show. The girls were absolutely blown away by the entire show—if you haven’t ever experienced a Cirque du Soleil performance, you are missing out big time!

Visit Orlando | (407) 363-5872 |

Photo_Visit_Orlando_Go_Card_Strictly_Business_Magazine_Lincoln_NebraskaFor those who are planning a trip to Orlando, we highly recommend utilizing Visit Orlando. In addition to providing a wealth of information about all things Orlando, discounts are offered for a variety of local attractions—basically everything you need for putting an itinerary together on a budget. Go Orlando Card is available for those who want to hit it hard and see all of the sights, and the Orlando Explorer pass is a step down, which we opted for because our visit was on the shorter side. The Orlando Explorer pass allows you to sample four of the listed attractions for one low price, which is a significant discount from the normal admission cost for each venue. There was a great selection of attractions included in the pass, and we were highly satisfied with the ones we chose. After all, nobody knows more about vacationing in Orlando than the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States!

Titanic – The Experience | (407) 248-1166 | Attraction Included in Visit Orlando Pass

Titanic – The Experience is an interactive artifact exhibition, where visitors get to explore full-scale recreations of the Titanic’s most famous locales. This includes the chance to check out the ship’s interior, learn about the expedition to the remains of the Titanic, and discover answers to what happened the night of the sinking. One of the parts we found to be fun and interesting is that each guest assumes the identity of a real passenger on the Titanic, and at the end of the tour everyone finds out if they survived or died that fateful evening. Luckily, and strangely enough in light of the stark statistics of living through this major historical tragedy, everyone in our group was a survivor! There is an option for the tour only, as well as an upgraded Dinner Show experience available by reservation. This glimpse into the enigmatic story of the Titanic captured our interest throughout the entire experience; simply put it was really cool!

Yet another trip to Orlando has come and gone, and again, we can’t say enough about how much we enjoy ourselves every time. The best part of this trip (besides everything we’ve already mentioned!) really was sharing all of these experiences with Jöelle and Floortje, who were taking in everything for the first time. It was also really nice to soak in the Florida sunshine just in time to help get us through another Nebraska winter. Honestly, Orlando has SO much to offer that it’s no surprise we keep going back!

We already have some new adventures planned for 2015, so make sure to check out where we end up next in our upcoming issues!

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DEGUNS.NET – Lincoln’s #1 Resource for Firearms

Discount Enterprises Firearms Sales & Service ( was started in 2010 to bring its customers the best products at the lowest price. The original store location at 66th and Holdrege was opened by owner Derek Broman, but the company outgrew it and recently moved to 31st and O Street in June of 2014. All of the product offerings are available in the store, as well as online with inventory updated in real time. This includes an extensive selection of firearms, ammunition, optics, and related products and supplies. Local customers also have the ability to purchase online and pick up in-store. DE Guns has a full time Gunsmith on staff, and offers the best products that incorporate the highest level of technology and safety components on the market.

Here’s just a few of the things that sets DE Guns apart:

Deal of the Day

Photo_DE_Guns_Store_Lincoln_NebraskaDE Guns offers a Deal of the Day in addition to ongoing deals and promotions. Local clients have the opportunity to take advantage of great sales online, and can then pick up in the store at a future date if shipping is not preferred. The prices offered on the Deal of the Day page at are often lower than anywhere in the United States when transfer and shipping is considered.

Customer Service

DE Guns is committed to the highest level of customer service and makes sure that every customer is happy with his/her purchase. The staff consistently goes the extra mile to find the right fit and to ensure that all of the customer’s specific needs and wants are met—no request is too big or too small!

Specialty Services

Photo_DE_Guns_Knife_Lincoln_NebraskaDE Guns also offers a variety of specialty services for clients, among the most popular is Knife Sharpening. This includes just about everything except serrated blades—hunting knives, pocket knives, kitchen knives, etc. This service can even be done completely via mail, with the knives shipped in, sharpened, and sent back to the customer for additional convenience.

Customer Requests

If a customer asks for a product, DE Guns will locate it and start selling it. DE Guns has always adjusted its inventory based on what its customers are looking for, and guarantees to find you exactly what you are looking for at a highly competitive price.

Repair Services

With a full-time Gunsmith on staff, DE Guns also offers repair services for its customers and are certified Smith & Wesson, Glock and Sig Sauer.

User-Friendly Website is mobile friendly, easy to navigate and offers complete specs as well as accurate, up-to-date information such as current pricing, promotions, and availability.

DE Guns has always been locally owned and operated, and is a member of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) as well as industry organizations including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA).

Stop in and visit the new location at 3101 O Street today and see what DE Guns has to offer! Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 7pm.

For more information, contact owner Derek Broman at:

(402) 875-6500

Or visit the website at:

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