Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Spring Has Arrived In Fort Wayne!
Apr20

Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Spring Has Arrived In Fort Wayne!

Spring has sprung in Fort Wayne! If you catch any bits of my radio show during the week, you’ll hear me say “There is always something going on in Fort Wayne,”quite a bit. It’s true! Now that the warm weather is here, you will see people out and about enjoying the city. I can’t tell you how many creative and exciting events pop up on my Facebook page. Most recently, Fort Wayne has installed bike shares. I think this is an incredible idea. I just had my first biking experience this week and it was fantastic! It’s been over 5 years since riding a bike, and I forgot how much fun it can be. You truly look at the city in a different way, as opposed to a car ride. During my bike riding adventure, I finally made it over to Pedal City. Now, let’s talk about a gem! While at Pedal City, you can sit outside and play corn hole, beer pong, or ping pong. Not feeling sporty? Sit back, relax and take in the patio vibes on a nice. sunny afternoon. We’re now getting into the fun part of the year. Whether you catch a festival, TinCaps game, or day drinking with friends on a patio, get out and enjoy this progressing city! I have seen Fort Wayne grow over the past 8 months, it’s a positive time to live and experience this thriving downtown. We can only hope that outsiders invest and capture how great Fort Wayne can be. This week, I encourage you to partake in something fun around downtown. Get on a bike rental and ride around, catch an art show, or find some live music. Make sure to take in the fun and vibrant feel Fort Wayne has going on. Until our next adventure, cheers!...

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Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Table For One
Feb10

Dating Your City With Amber Stone: Table For One

I figured this month’s adventure would be topical because of what some people would feel is a dreadful holiday: Valentine’s Day. The reason I chose to write about this topic is that Fort Wayne, like I’ve said in past articles, has amazing restaurants. That in itself is how you get to know your city. From figuring out who the owners are, what their food visions might be, to the ones that come highly recommended. A few weeks ago, I took myself out on a date. I know you are probably thinking, “going out alone in public?? On a Thursday night to dinner?? Who would do such a thing?!” You won’t believe how many people were shocked that I took myself out. One friend even said, “Some people might think you’re lonely.” I think quite the opposite. It shows I’m confident enough to enjoy an evening alone, and be happy doing so. If you can’t spend time alone with yourself, nobody else can. Relocating to a new city, and being single, can be difficult. If you’re the opposite, it might be a bit more challenging. Either way, take yourself out once in a while! That evening I decided to dine at Asakusa, which has quickly become my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. That place will put you in a sushi coma! Whatever style or taste bud it is that evening, you’ll have plenty to choose from around the city. Living in a new adventure can be lonely at times. I guarantee there’s always someone close by wanting to hear your story, of why you changed up your life. People who live here, are extremely friendly. Try a new restaurant, meet a stranger at the bar and say hello, or get to know you better and go on a solo date with yourself. It’s not that scary, just focus on how good that meal tastes! I challenge you…pick a restaurant…and go ahead…say those three scary words….”table for one”…it won’t be so bad.  Meanwhile, I would love to pick your brain on new places. If you think of a great restaurant I should find, visit my page at facebook.com/AmberStoneRadio, and inbox me....

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Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…
Dec28

Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…

  I couldn’t think of a better topic to write about this month, than THE HOLIDAYS! If you’re a Fort Wayne newbie like me, then you’re in for a treat! I was mesmerized over what an amazing job this city did with the holidays. When you relocate, the holidays can be a bit rough. Traditions you’ve done with family and friends have become a memory. Christmas shopping with the girls is now seen via Facebook or Instagram. Despite all of the changes you will go through this time of year, I can testify that Fort Wayne has done it bigger than any city I’ve lived in. Let’s talk about the massive crowds that showed up to both Jefferson Pointe Tree Lighting, and Christmas on Broadway. Oh, let’s not forget the over 10,000 people at the PNC Santa lighting! If you were feeling blue this holiday season, being around the Christmas spirit in this city should have sprinkled a little cheer in your world.   For me, Christmas hasn’t been the same since I lost my Dad. Sometimes I feel like he was the inspiration behind Clark Griswold, because he always made sure to make the holidays something to remember. The challenging part this year was flipping to an all Christmas music station on Soft Rock 103.9. First thought was “oh Amber, this is going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.” Every memory and holiday tradition of mine was attached to the majority of the songs we played. You know what? It actually wasn’t bad at all. We (at Soft Rock) made it all about you and wanted our listeners to be happy and filled with Christmas spirit. There truly was never a dull moment right here in your backyard. Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park, Christmas on the Farm at Salomon Farm, downtown events, plus all our Christmas contests we planned for the station. The legendary Steve Shine, of Shine & Hardin, asked me this… “So Amber, did you think we were on steroids for Christmas around here?” It was an incredible time to see Fort Wayne. I do hope you had a chance to get home and be with family and friends. If not, I’m sure the city tried to make it a special experience for you. Now as we get ready for 2016, and the excitement of a new canvas to paint, take the time to know your new city. Make a list of all the places you would like to explore. There’s never a dull moment in Fort Wayne. Cheers to a New Year, chat soon!   Amber Stone Host of Amber Stone in...

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Dating Your City With Amber Stone

My name is Amber Stone, and I recently relocated to Fort Wayne after I accepted my job to become the first female morning show host in the city on Soft Rock 103.9. I decided to connect with Living Fort Wayne because of their mission to help further grow and revitalize this up and coming city. Being a “transplant” can be extremely difficult. My career requires you to be open-minded about living in different cities. Before my arrival, I lived in the small quaint city of Rutland, Vermont. Most of my friends did not fully understand why I was packing up my entire life to move to the land of maple syrup. There, I spent 4 years as I challenged myself more than I could have ever imagined. It’s never easy living in a new city, knowing absolutely nobody, and expecting to grow roots. Now my new challenge is like yours, to navigate a city that is also learning new things about itself at the same time.   So imagine the pressure that comes with the historical task of hosting the first female-led morning show in a brand new city. With this challenge, there are extra hurdles I have to overcome; one thing that is not an obstacle is knowing how to connect to my female audience. In my life, I have become up close and personal with adversity. Whether it was conquering body image issues and learning to love myself, finding inner peace & happiness, or understanding my past and how it’s made me the woman I am today. That being said, I am brand new to radio in this city, so while I am on my journey of women empowerment, I am building my audience as well as my professional network from scratch. If on some level you connect to what I am saying, then I can only hope you use this as a testimony to show that you are not alone.   Either you’re someone who is trying to find their way in a new city, or you’re trying to build your own professional brand in the community. I don’t care what anyone says, change is NEVER easy. However, as long as you have a good head on your shoulders and remain confident, you can get through it. There will be times when you’re lonely, questioning if you made the right decision or wondering how you’re going to survive in a brand new environment. My recommendation is to get involved in your new community. Check out your backyard: Google different events happening and meet new people. If you don’t go out and find things to do, it’s not...

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