About the Store

Our History  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 Hellbusch 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.

Our Team

Laurie Hellbusch


Owner and General Manager Hellbusch 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. Hellbusch 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.



Your on-site "Spirit Guide". Ask Alzuri how he makes your favorite cocktail, and get not only a new recipe, but a history lesson in the ingredients behind it. You'll be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable about spirits in Omaha.

Wine Manager

Welcome Janell Wortmann, our new Wine Manager! Janell comes to us with over a decade of experience in the wine industry, and brings her knowledge, excellent palate, and infectious enthusiasm to our offerings. We are thrilled to have her on our team!