YLNI Farmers Market – Fawnly Prints
Jun23

YLNI Farmers Market – Fawnly Prints

Marie Heimann found a new use for painting: easing anxiety. During a difficult pregnancy, Marie started painting and found that while she was engulfed in creating her art, her physical discomforts melted away. Her aspirations did not stop after her pregnancy, however. Marie’s desire encourage and inspire others grew to the point of starting her own business, Fawnly Prints. With her husband and biggest supporter Cory at her side, Marie disciplined herself enough to learn how to watercolor, and eventually launched her business. Today, Marie offers original watercolor and hand lettered inspirational paintings made into professional prints.       Getting started began with a book and the ambition to make life better. Marie transformed her growing skill into a business and Etsy shop in February 2016. Being a stay-at-home mom, Marie gets to care for her 3 boys while working on her artistic passion every day. Though her creations have not always been easy for Marie, she has learned to be confident in her individual voice and continue developing her art. Marie’s advice to anyone thinking of starting a business is to “keep practicing – you WILL get better.” This persistence of Marie has brought her business success, increasing both sales and lives inspired every year. Marie’s greatest achievement has been consistently growing her business, including doing custom thank you cards for a large organization.       Come out to the YLNI Farmer’s Market this year and check out Fawnly Prints. Visit their Etsy store online like them on...

Read More
Make Music Day in Fort Wayne
Jun19

Make Music Day in Fort Wayne

Festival season has hit Fort Wayne! There’s plenty to look forward to: food and drinks, friends and family, (mostly) good weather and of course, live music. The city’s music scene buzzes during the summertime, from Three Rivers Festival to Middle Waves to the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series. Both local bands and national acts grace the stages of the Fort. Now, you have a chance to play. On June 21st, Fort Wayne joins over 750 cities all over the world on Make Music Day, an international celebration of music held every year on the summer solstice. This day-long free event is open to all ages, whether you like to make music or listen to it.     This festival isn’t like anything you’ll see at Lollapalooza or Coachella. Make Music Day Fort Wayne features a variety of free musical activities all day long. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can drop by Freimann Square for live performances, food trucks, and hands-on events. Make some music in one of the many participatory activities like ukelele strums, drum circles, hands-on DJing, happy keys for babies and toddlers, the FAME musical craft area for kids, and jam zones. Anyone is welcome to come play some tunes – no matter your music skill level or musical persuasion. From 6 p.m. to midnight, you can catch free concerts all over Downtown Fort Wayne.     Here’s the official 2017 lineup: Freimann Square 11 a.m. – Jessica Brita-Segyde 11:45 a.m. – DJ Benny Bergle 12:30 p.m. – Keepin’ It Standard 1:15 p.m. – Flying Colors 2:00 p.m. – Kenny Bergle 2:45 p.m. – Teresa Long 3:30 p.m. – Walls You Know 4:15 p.m. – Puzzle Pieces     Headwaters Park  Living Fort Wayne Concert 6 p.m. – The Freak Brothers     The Deck 6 p.m. – Holly Lentine & Christian Delzoppo 7 p.m. – Adam Baker & The Heartache 8 p.m. – Blue Wave     Neat Neat Neat 6 p.m. – Fierce Invalids 7 p.m. – The Sweethearts 8 p.m. – Horizon Arcs     The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar 7 p.m. – Jess Thrower 8 p.m. – Kevin Hambrick     The Golden 6 p.m. – Rosalind & The Way 7 p.m. – Jon Swain     DeBrand Fine Chocolates 6 p.m. – Katy Christenson 6:50 p.m. – Sophia Slates 7:40 p.m. – Forte     The Phoenix 6 p.m. – Neso 7 p.m. – JJ Fabini & Chilly Addams 8 p.m. – APQ Harmonic     Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, and Spirits Patio 6 p.m. – Imaginary Friends 7 p.m. – Secret Mezzanine 8 p.m. – Overlook Tiger Room 8 p.m. – Lux Drive 9 p.m. – My Apollo 10 p.m. – Omaha Alaska     SideCar Ages 21+ 6 p.m. – Brittney Bressler 7 p.m. –...

Read More
YLNI Farmers Market – Out of a Jam
Jun16

YLNI Farmers Market – Out of a Jam

Paula and Bernie set a goal that’s simple yet effective when Paula quit her full-time job: to help women out of a jam. A leap of faith and one year later, Paula and Bernie are achieving their vision with Out of a Jam.   Paula was driven by a calling to start a nonprofit vocational program that helps women in the wake of tragedy, domestic abuse, and addiction by teaching them the entrepreneurship, culinary skills, personal development, and interpersonal communication that can change their lives. To make the business sustainable, her students create amazing gourmet jellies, jams, flat bread, crackers, and scones. The sale of the student’s products, along with some private funding, allow Paula to offer her invaluable education to students for free.   In this new endeavor, Paula has learned two important lessons. Her family’s support and the help of others are vital to being successful. It’s okay to not know what you are doing at first (many people would argue that it’s an attribute) as long as you are willing to ask for help when you need it. Outside of her business, Paula enjoys devouring cookbooks which aid her culinary education. After a year of pursuing her passion and calling, Paula offers one piece of advice to anyone wanting to start their own business (and really it applies to everyone in general). “Talk about it to others and really listen to what they are saying. Not just with their words but with their expressions and body language.” The most important conversations cannot always be heard.   You can find Paula and her amazing students food every Saturday on Barr Street at the YLNI Farmers Market. To learn more you can also find Out of a Jam on Facebook or their...

Read More
YLNI Farmers Market – Gnarly Beard Co
Jun09

YLNI Farmers Market – Gnarly Beard Co

If you are looking to enter a beard competition, Bryan and Kate Conrad have you covered. With a rad assortment of beard oils, beard balms, gnarly beard sudz wash, hot oil beard treatments, shave oil, tattoo salve, and hand painted beard brushes, this team has helped gnarly beards be recognized nationally. This team is seeking to perfect the art of healthy grooming while redefining customer service and giving back. Gnarly Beard was born out of frustration with a product that they purchased online. Its subpar quality was not justified by its price tag. So, with a desire for something better and a military reimbursement check, Gnarly Beard Co was born. Bryan and Kate’s business is supported and inspired by each other (pause for the response to cuteness). They say that their greatest success is the community encouragement they received. This has allowed them to create more than just one line of their products and expand outside of the grooming realm. An important lesson propelling them forward is interacting with customers like they are family and friends. While it can become difficult to remember everyone’s names, preferences, and personal history, it makes all the difference. Many of these interactions are just small gestures. These small steps with customers lay important foundations in building the business and good customer relationships. When Bryan and Kate aren’t working on Gnarly Beard, they are indulging in their favorite hobby: parenting! Get down to the market and take care of your beard! Also, check out their website, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and...

Read More
YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery
Jun02

YLNI Farmers Market – Qué Será, Sarah Bakery

Have carbs and gluten become the enemy of your house? Sarah and Carlos want you to love your grains! Coming to the market this year with their artisan sourdough breads and pastries is Qué Será, Sarah Bakery. They’re bringing carbohydrates back with their unique recipe of a fermented dough that is easier to digest, even for sensitive stomachs. Not only do the two enjoy the feel of sourdough dough in their hands, but also they love how they can craft art that’s edible. Join them on their quest to make carbs great again. While Qué Será, Sarah Bakery is a new venture, Sarah and Carlos have been baking at their flower shop/coffee shop/gallery, Bloomin’ BREWtique, for some time now. Along with flowers, coffee, and breads (sounds like a great place to hang out), they feature local artists in their gallery. Just selling in the shop limits the amount of people they can reach however, so it’s off to the farmers market this year to grow their business. New adventures need the support of loved ones to steady the boat during the ride, and Sarah and Carlos have found that support in each other – while their customers support them both. Outside of their business, Sarah and Carlos enjoy painting, going on walks with their German Shepherd, and dreaming up the next big thing. Their adventures have produced some great successes and important lessons. The greatest success so far is being able to sell their breads to local restaurants, like Trubble Brewing Co. They have been able to accomplish this by efficiently planning their days and executing on those plans to ensure that everything that needs done, gets done. A bit of advice they like to offer to aspiring entrepreneurs is to be flexible. Just like with their commitment to join the YLNI Farmers Market, openness to change is essential because you never know what will happen. Get down to the market this summer and befriend carbs with Sarah and Carlos! Follow them on Facebook  and Instagram for the latest updates, and stop in their store Bloomin’ BREWtique between 9am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday at 106 South Jefferson Strett, Ossian, IN 46777 if you can’t wait until...

Read More