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Laurie Hellbusch Wolford
Owner and General Manager
Wolford believes something special happens when family and friends get together with a bottle of something good – people connect and memories are made. It is her mission to make everyday occasions special and memorable through exceptional food and spirits. Wolford grew up in the neighborhood, and Spirit World has long been a favorite destination for a healthy lunch and good wine. A “recovering attorney”, Laurie was inspired by her love of food and wine to take over Spirit World in 2008 and continue its legacy. Her goal is to maintain the local, personal feel of the store while constantly striving to provide exceptional quality, service, and selection.
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In 1973, Spirit World began its journey to become an Omaha tradition. During the first fifteen years of operation, the store moved locations, expanded premium offerings, and added a gourmet café to help better serve area residents.
Over the years, Spirit World became known as Omaha’s top destination for great food and spirits. Spirit World became the only place in town to get the best wines, beers, and spirits from around the world, and the café became the place to go for the best chicken and tuna salads in town. In 2008, Laurie Wolford purchased the store with a vision of maintaining Spirit World’s legacy while bringing it new life.
Today, Spirit World strives to deliver premium food and spirits to Omaha residents with exceptional, friendly service. “We want to bring Spirit World to life for a whole new generation in Omaha. We want everyone to know that they can trust Spirit World to be their friendly destination for great food and drinks,” promises Laurie.
Located in Midtown Omaha in Aksarben Village, Spirit World has won Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha for over 10 years. Please visit soon to see why Spirit World continues to thrive as an Omaha favorite.