Omaha Area Business Directory Website Launched

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The Keep Local Alive Omaha group is making it easier to find local businesses in our area by launching an interactive online directory.

The launch took place today at Mangelsen, with much excitement from local businesses and Keep Local Alive co-founder Bobby Johnson.

“Where are they? How can I find them? And who is really a local business? With those two things in mind, we decided to develop this directory,” Johnson said.

Currently, over 300 verified local businesses are on the mobile-friendly site.

The directory uses your location to find a business near you that meets your needs.

“You can scroll; you can find companies. You can go downstairs if you’re looking for restaurants, cafes, stores if you want to shop,” Johnson explained, pointing to the website.

Johnson says they screen all businesses to make sure they’re local so most of the money earned stays in our community.

Michael Mitilier and James Friedman own the Brownie Bar in downtown Omaha. It opened its doors last November and the first year was difficult.

“Weird. A very weird year to open a business,” Mitilier said.

Although they were able to adapt their business to pandemic restrictions, both credit Keep Local Alive with keeping them open.

“It’s a great way to promote local businesses,” Friedman said. “If people want to help local businesses, they want to help Omaha-based businesses, not national chains.”

Mangelsen’s, an Omaha staple celebrating its 60th anniversary in the spring, is also part of the repertoire.

Owner David Mangelsen hopes it will entice people to visit a place they may not have had before to keep businesses local long after the pandemic.

“Local business is really important to continue supporting them because they are the backbone, the backbone of Omaha and every other place,” Mangelsen said.

Other local businesses who wish to be added to the directory should text (SMS) “lovelocal” to (402) 313-4434.

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