LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam
Apr05

LFW Member Spotlight – Reneta Thurairatnam

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing contributors who will share a bit about their role in Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their work with us. Today we are spotlighting the woman behind our popular Living Fort Wayne “Food & Drink” series, Reneta Thurairatnam! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to write for our blog? I serve as a features writer for anything food and drink related that is happening in the Fort! A dear friend who knows I have a penchant for eating out (mostly because I cannot cook anything more skilled than ramen) recommended me for the role. It’s fun to get the inside scoop on what’s going on in the food and drink scene. I love chatting with new business owners, because they are so passionate about what they are doing! Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne. By day I am a Wealth Advisor for Lake City Bank, which I absolutely love. I get to help people achieve their financial goals, and it’s a pretty fun gig! I am married to Steve AKA “the biggest Packers fan in the world” and am mummy to Kitty (my first born cat, who eats all things bacon), Raji (my rescue goldendoodle) and Jordy (Raji’s sheepadoodle). You can follow the doglets on Instagram at raji_parker.and.jordy where they do things like beg for treats and look cute. If you could live any other place in the world besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Gah! I have to pick one place?! I love to travel so this is tough. At this moment, I would pick Italy. Amazing food, wine, people, and the language is beautiful. I have a daily calendar with Italian phrases in my office. Today’s phrase is “Porta sempre i tachhi alti,” which means “She always wears high heels.” This is so appropriate, because I ALWAYS wear high heels! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? Downtown obviously! Food trucks, amazing farm to fork restaurants, art shows, coffee shops, the local ballet, shows at the Embassy, events at the Grand Wayne, outdoor markets, boutique shopping, and parks – all within 99 blocks! If you...

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LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey
Mar22

LFW Member Spotlight – Stephen J. Bailey

  Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting the man behind the curtain of our popular Living Fort Wayne Instagram account, Stephen J. Bailey! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for us? I volunteered because I really love our community. I remember being at the very first meeting for LFW almost five years ago and am proud at how much it has evolved. I don’t know many volunteer-based organizations in our area that have this kind of staying power. I currently write one quarterly article featuring the people and places of Fort Wayne, manage the LFW Instagram account, and am the back up for the other social media channels. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne! I eat more sushi than anyone that I know. Fort Wayne’s sushi cuisine and options have grown exponentially in the last decade and I’ve sampled them all. I know friends from outside states that envy our sushi options and it makes me think, “If we can be envied for something as simple as sushi, then I can’t wait to see the future of the Riverfront, downtown development, and high speed rail in our area.” If you could live any place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Austin, Texas. It’s close to the beach. It has that southern charm with a liberal balance to it. It’s full of techies, creatives, great food, great weather, and a bright future. I often think of it when working for our future in Fort Wayne. They have completely changed how people think of their city. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would take them kayaking on the river followed by dinner at one of our local downtown establishments. The river is an incredible yet spiritual experience, and our food here is second to none. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? I can kill it as Stephan Jenkins from Third Eye Blind but my...

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Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide
Feb09

Fort Wayne Local Pizza Guide

Ask any local resident what his or her favorite pizza in town is and you’ll get an endless supply of answers. We at Living Fort Wayne have compiled a list of where you can get your local pizza fix in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. These locations are all local (or regional) brands and are anything from your regular “mom and pop” pizza joint to your local neighborhood bar. Some of these establishments are well-known for their pizza – others offer a wide variety of menu items beyond pizza. We tagged some of these as “staff favorites,” but that more than likely means we just  haven’t gotten around to trying every place on this list! Check out our list, and let us know your favorites! Downtown and Surrounding Areas 816 Pint and Slice Staff favorite 816 Calhoun St. Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Big Apple Pizza Staff favorite 1130 N. Wells St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Junk Ditch Brewing Company 1825 W. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 O’Sullivan’s Italian-Irish Pub 1808 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 On-Track Pizza 1815 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Redwood Inn 1432 W. Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Toscani Pizzeria Staff favorite 120 W. Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 North – Pine Valley and Surrounding Areas 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza Staff favorite 10020 Lima Rd, Suite F, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Amore’s Pizza 933 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Arena Bar and Grill 1567 W. Dupont Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Casa Grille 411 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Checkerz Bar & Grill 1706 W. Till Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Coconutz at Crazy Pins 1414 Northland Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Elmo’s Pizza and Subs 3610 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 8830 Coldwater Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 10040 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46821 5917 Lima Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 10346 Leo Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 3031 W. Washington Center Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Mama Mia’s Pizza Staff favorite 1525 W. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Mozzarelli’s Pizza 1820 W. Dupont Rd. A, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Ziano’s Italian Eatery 702 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Northwest – West State and Surrounding Areas Alley Sports Cafe & Grill at Pro Bowl West 1455 Goshen Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Clara’s Pizza King 321 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Lexy’s Pizza Staff favorite 908 Spring St., Fort Wayne, IN 46808 The Lodge at Coyote Creek 4935 Hillegas Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Raimondo’s Pizza Staff favorite 2608 W. State Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808 Saylor’s Pizza 1520 N....

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Our Top 10 Articles from 2016
Dec28

Our Top 10 Articles from 2016

This year was an exciting year in Fort Wayne! We saw several new businesses and events come to our city. Take a look at our top articles for 2016! First up, clocking in at number ten, our article on the eighth annual Taste of the Arts Festival by Stephen J. Bailey was a hit with our readers this year. Keep an eye out in 2017 for information about the next festival (and keep supporting the arts)! Bravas, tacos and our new “Food & Drink” writer Reneta Thurairatum. What more could you want from an article? Checking in at number nine for the year, The Tacos Are Coming at Tacos Bravas. At number eight, the “Food & Drink” series continued to be popular as Reneta gave us the lowdown on GnomeTown Brewing Co. in June. At number seven, Reneta checked in with Junk Ditch Brewing Company to get a taste of their entry in Fort Wayne’s Weekend Brunch Game in July. Information about food and dining options was popular all year in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number six, Travis Bartlett and the team gave us their picks for the top breakfast and brunch spots in the city in February! And coming in at number five, Rhonda Ladig Moxter gave us a rundown of Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives in Fort Wayne. Coming in at number four is Rivers Relaxation, A New Way to De-Stress in Fort Wayne by Leslie Snare. This article about one of Fort Wayne’s newest stress relief options has only gotten more popular in recent months. Our always popular listicle on Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and More Fall Fun (updated by Micheala Pattison) checked in at number three for the year. Coming in at number two, The Golden Fort Wayne was preparing for its debut at the Ash Brokerage building in downtown Fort Wayne. Becca Bell caught up with Aaron Butts, Carmen McGee and Sean Richardson in this extensive Q&A from January. And finally coming in at number one for 2016, a new sweet spot hopped into downtown Fort Wayne. Reneta got the scoop in The Yummi Bunni Is Hopping onto Fort Wayne’s Food Scene. This article about ice cream treats was HOT, HOT, HOT! We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for Fort Wayne! Keep up with Living Fort Wayne on Facebook, Twitter and...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne opens Atrium
Oct20

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne opens Atrium

In January 2016 we profiled Start Fort Wayne in a feature piece after they announced the construction of the new Atrium coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and other workers. This week the doors finally opened at 111 W. Berry Street in downtown Fort Wayne. Check out our photo gallery below for a look at the space before and during their open house event on Thursday night. This slideshow requires JavaScript. For more information on Atrium, please visit the Start Fort Wayne website at startfortwayne.com/atrium or call the front desk at (260) 969-9393. Related post: Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Start Fort Wayne introduces...

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