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Five Things You’ll Find at Meli Mei

Posted by on November 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Five Things You’ll Find at Meli Mei

Five Things You’ll Find at Meli Mei

Holiday shopping season is officially upon us. If you are looking for that perfect dress for your Christmas party, charming pieces to add to your wardrobe or a gift to put under the tree, Meli Mei has you covered. This charming boutique opened this past August in the City Exchange Shops in downtown Fort Wayne. They are ready to see how much locals love to “shop small” this holiday season. Here are a few things you can expect to find when you shop Meli Mei: 1. Specialty products from around the world Meli Mei is proud to bring fashion from different cultures to our region by selling accessories from around the globe. Thanks to this hip boutique, you can shop styles from Paris to Bangkok here in Fort Wayne. Meet the maker Monday: Anne Cauduro is a Brazilian designer, who now resides in Paris, France. Growing up, Anne was always interested in crafting as she watched her mother create clothes and accessories. Anne later got her degree in Fashion Design, but was feeling lost. In 2016, she moved to Paris and began creating jewelry that would transmit her personality and a mix of her life in Paris and her Brazilian roots. She started working mostly with natural materials from Brazil and felt particularly in love with all the gorgeous healing stones from there. Later her partner Guilherme joined and they created @laboboa together. “Being able to create a connection with another person, to deliver a piece that we made with our own bare hands, and which will make someone happy to possess, is special. It gives us a feeling of empathy to one another, and that’s such a beautiful feeling. Empathy can change the world.” Here at Meli Mei, we are proud to work with such talented designers and always striving to bring you the best products from around the world.#shopmelimei #meethemaker #meetthemakermonday A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Oct 23, 2017 at 1:11pm PDT 2.  Goodies for all ages Shopping with your little ones? Meli Mei makes it easy for you as they carry merchandise for all ages. You may even find a matching set for you and your darling tot or teen. Gorgeous bracelet sets for you and your little princess💚💕💚 A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Feb 15, 2017 at 6:03am PST 3. Trendy graphic tees that say how we are all really feeling If you rock the comfy chic look and are a wee bit sarcastic, then you will love these tops. Go ahead, let the citizens of Fort Wayne know what is truly on your mind. A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Oct 4, 2017 at 8:03am PDT A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Nov 1, 2017 at 8:33am PDT 4. All things crystals Millennials can’t get enough of their beloved crystals. Luckily, Meli Mei understands these cravings. A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Jul 22, 2017 at 11:13am PDT     5. Novelty gifts Because who doesn’t need a purple owl to mount on their shelf? Consider getting your loved ones something one-of-a-kind this Christmas from Meli Mei’s. A post shared by Meli Mei (@shopmelimei) on Oct 30, 2017 at 6:47am PDT For more information about Meli Mei, please go to their Facebook and Instagram...

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LFW Weekly Fun File

Posted by on September 14, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File

LFW Weekly Fun File

Oh man, there’s a ton to do this weekend! Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Free Friday Tasting at our Broadway store Friday, September 15 at 5 p.m. Try before you buy at this fun, free event! Middle Waves Music Festival September 15 and 16 It’s here, it’s here! Grab tickets for the main stage, or there’s plenty of other things to do for free. Stop by sometime this weekend, you won’t regret it! Check out our can’t-miss reasons why here. Mini Waves September 16 A great addition to Middle Waves, Mini Waves is a great time for the kids. There will be a TON of stuff for your little ones to do on Saturday, come out and enjoy as a family!   Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival Opening Weekend Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 We love spending fall days at this farm. It’s opening weekend, aka the beginning of the best time of year. Johnny Appleseed Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 There could not be any more fun things packed into one weekend! Grab some great grub and celebrate Johnny Appleseed.   SASSIE CAKES GRAND OPENING Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These cakes are to die for, and they’re making their debut on Broadway downtown! Walk for Animals Sunday, September 17 at 8:30 a.m. Help raise funds for Animal Care and Control this Sunday. You have the choice to walk or run! Cocktail Competition and Sampling Sunday, September 17 at 6 p.m. Mixologists from near and far will be battling at The Golden this Sunday. Story Hour with The Allen County Public Library Tuesday, September 19 at 10:30 a.m. Stop by for an interactive story hour! There will be books, crafts and healthy snacks! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Posted by on September 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Newly updated for 2017! What is fall without a trip to one of the local pumpkin patches, complete with an apple orchard and corn maze? NOTHING! That’s what! Luckily, northeast Indiana has plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the fall weather, pick pumpkins and apples, and get lost in corn mazes.   1. Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fall Festival – 6532 Cook Road, Fort Wayne Runs through Sunday, October 22 Fridays: 6pm – 10pm Saturdays: 10am – 10pm Sundays: Noon – 5pm This 6th generation family farm has opened for its fourth annual fall festival. The farm features a 5-acre corn maze, straw mountain, corn pit play area, cornhole, pumpkin checkers, hayrides, pumpkin painting, bonfire with hot dogs and s’mores, and much more! Admission is $8 per person and children 2 years old and under are FREE. Season passes are $15 per person. There is $1 off admission of Service or Military Personnel, Veterans, and Boy/Girl Scouts.   2. Amazing Fall Fun – 3150 County Road 43, Waterloo Runs through Sunday, October 29 Fridays: 6pm – 10pm Saturdays: Noon – 10pm Sundays: 2pm – 6pm This year, the farm has one of the largest corn mazes in the area. There is also a pumpkin patch featuring 75 different kinds of pumpkins and gourds. Other activities include: hayrides, corn box, cornhole, hay mountain, tether ball, wheelbarrow racing, pumpkin checkers and tic-tac-toe and more.  You won’t want to wait! Tickets can be purchased online here. Admission is $9 for teens and adults, $7 for children age 4 to 12, and children age 3 and under are admitted free. 3. Cedar Creek Produce – 11709 Clay Street, Leo-Cedarville Open seven days a week! Cedar Creek has a variety of produce year-round but since fall is in full-swing, they have pumpkins, gourds and plenty of corn.   4. Ridenour Acres – 2935 E 20 N., Angola Happening now through Sunday, October 30  Monday to Friday: By Appointment Only Friday (only in October): 5pm – 9pm Saturday: 12 – 6pm Sunday: 12 – 6pm This farm includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other activities for the whole family! New for 2017 is the Trick or Treat Trail. Admission is $7 per person ($1 off for groups of 15 or more) and children 3 and under are admitted free.   5. “Fall Family Fun” at Hilger Family Farm – 5534 Butt Road, Fort Wayne Runs through the end of October   You-pick pumpkins, hand-dipped caramel apples, popcorn and hot (or cold) cider are just a few highlights of this family farm. 6. Steele Farms – 5525 W 300 N, Decatur, IN Runs through Sunday, October 29th Fridays 4:00 pm-9:00 pm Saturdays 11:00 am-9:00 pm Sundays 2:00 pm-7:00 pm The 2017 Corn Maze at Steele Farms is dedicated to the United States Military where visitors can answer military-related questions. Children can ride the barrel train and climb the straw mountain. Parents can browse through a market filled with fall items. There are also pumpkins! 7. 1st Annual Fall Festival at Scheumann Farm and Petting Zoo – 23386 Kammeyer Rd., Woodburn, IN Saturdays and Sundays – Noon to 7:00 pm Runs each weekend through the end of October New festival alert! Scheumann Farm will have the Petting Farm where you can pet, feed and brush all their friendly animals. They will also have the pony rides, bounce house, 18 ft tall inflatable...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Posted by on September 8, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

YLNI Farmers Market – Abigail’s Confections

Meet one of the businesses that started with the YLNI Farmer’s Market! Lindsay Miller found her passion for baking growing up, and it has continued ever since. Today, both the market and her store, Abigail’s Confections offers from scratch baked goods and confections made with real ingredients with the help of Cherie King and her fiancé, Tyler. Many of the recipes are twists on classic family recipes to add that extra deliciousness. Despite only being a three year-old business, Lindsay is accomplishing her goal of “bringing back the way baking use to be” using fruit sauces, Graham crackers, and caramel without the preservatives. Caramel Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. Need I say more? Will also be available this Saturday at the Barr st Farmers market #freshbaked #smallbatch #madefromscratch #cinnamonrolls #caramelwalnutroll #getthemnow #bakery #dtfw #availablenow A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jun 8, 2017 at 5:46am PDT Along with her family experience, Lindsay went to school for Hospitality Administration specializing in Baking and Pastry. During that time, she worked in restaurants and grocery store bakeries, and with the support of her fiancé and mother-in-law, began building Abigail’s Confections. The rather humorous part though, is the initial spark to create a bakery was from watching Charm City with Duff. Lindsay found it quite funny and decided to take her baking passion forward and add some decorating to it. From there, Lindsay crunched some numbers and funded her dream with…a garage sale. Knowing that a loan could be difficult to handle, Lindsay got enough money together to pay for her market space, buy a tent, and purchase enough supplies for her first day at the market. After her success at the market, Lindsay took her home kitchen to a certified commercial kitchen where she could begin selling anywhere. Eventually her success led her to opening a store front in downtown on East Wayne Street. This has enabled her to dedicate all her energy to the business. Her greatest accomplishment is getting her name on the store front! When Lindsay is not at the store, kitchen, or market she is spending time with her Tyler or 2-year-old niece. 9-1!!! #dtfw #fortwaynefarmersmarket #cookies #abigailsconfections #cinnamonrolls #markets #turnovers #rhubarb A post shared by Abigails Confections (@abigailsconfections) on Jul 15, 2017 at 8:47am PDT While Lindsay has achieved many of her goals, she has learned some important lessons along the way. When you have a good month, save. The bakery food business is not consistent, so hang on to extra cash from those good months to keep you going through the off months. A bit of advice that she offers to prospective entrepreneurs is make sure it is something you want to do. It must be that thing that gets you out of bed in the morning. Come down to the market from some real sweetness! Find the Abigail’s Confection team at the market and their store front at 236 E Wayne St, Fort Wayne, In 46802. Follow them on Facebook and...

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LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

Posted by on September 7, 2017 | Comments Off on LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

LFW Weekly Fun File: Events in Fort Wayne

This weekend is jam packed with fun! Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Art Moves – A Night To Support Fort Wayne Dance Collective Thursday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. This is Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s signature event and fundraiser. Help to secure scholarships for students in need and to create and sustain current outreach programming for the community. Jekyll & Hyde at Civic! September 8 through September 17 This is going to be an AMAZING show. Kick off the Halloween season with a bang! Walk and Talk with Mayor Tom Henry Friday, September 8 at 11 a.m. Have a chat with the Mayor while getting in your lunchtime walk. Semi-Annual Salvage In The City Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m. I almost didn’t put this on the calendar because I wanted all the things for myself. Free Outdoor Showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m. HP, Ziffles Zip n’ Go and Licensed Bar Services … what more do you want? Fort Wayne Autism Acceptance Walk Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. Raise awareness while having fun with the whole family! Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. It’s one of the best weekends! Check out all the fabulous things to do in our city. Doggie Dip Sunday, September 10 at 12 p.m. This event is open to everyone — take Fido out for the last swim of the season. Dog Film Festival! Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. After your swim, catch a film with your furry BFF. 4th Annual North Anthony Corridor Block Party Sunday, September 10 at 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bands, food trucks, beer tents and more! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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YLNI Farmers Market – M Bar M Leather Design

Posted by on August 25, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – M Bar M Leather Design

#sundayshoutout To whomever owns this door… it ends up in a lot of our photo shoots. #mybag #mbarm #leather #handmade #bag #downtown #fortwayne #dtfw #atelier #details #oneofakind #dtfw #atelier #custom #street #photography #picoftheday #capture #alley #moments #models #midwest #fashion #accessories #edc A post shared by M Bar M Leather Design (@mbarmleatherdesign) on Jul 9, 2017 at 4:55am PDT Emily Brown’s passion for leather craftsmanship has led her to create quality leather bags that much of the community now owns and recognizes. Emily’s journey to success started at just ten years old, when she first started working with leather. As she continued to perfect her craft, M Bar M Leather Design was born while Emily was working at a ranch in Colorado. She was building saddles and taking on projects for the staff. It has been six years since Emily initially launched M Bar M Leather Design, and she has received support and inspiration from people at every step of the journey. This inspiration embodies her goal to create bags that the strength and style of the people who carry them. When Emily started M Bar M Leather Design, she was working another job, while pursuing her leather designing passion in her basement. However, the success of M Bar M Leather Design has allowed Emily to pursue her business full-time for the past three years. Today, she will see her customers sporting her bags out in public. Emily loves when customers get excited to see her, because they are carrying something she created, though she doesn’t “know who gets more excited – them or me.” When Emily is not with her customers or making the next bag, she spends a great deal of time with her 28 nieces and nephews and being an avid Crossfitter. Adventure is out there. The Duffel #mybag #mbarm #leather #handmade #bag #downtown #fortwayne #dtfw #details #fashion #business #edc #atelier #lifestyle #style #duffel #mensfashion #photography #picoftheday #classic #craftsmanship A post shared by M Bar M Leather Design (@mbarmleatherdesign) on Aug 10, 2017 at 5:47am PDT Over the years of being a small business owner, Emily has learned not to try to appeal to everyone, and to just be herself, doing what she does to the best of her ability. This focus has helped her value her time. While a small business owner never runs out of things to do, she has learned that some things can wait. Emily feels that she has accomplished what she set out to do, and her adventurous spirit always is looking for the next challenge to pursue. Come out to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out M Bar M Leather Design. Visit their website and follow them on Facebook and...

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YLNI Farmers Market: The Neon Cauldron

Posted by on August 11, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market: The Neon Cauldron

YLNI Farmers Market: The Neon Cauldron

Kayla Gervais has always been crafty and found enjoyment in recreating her favorite bath and body products at home. Today, The Neon Cauldron sells an entire range of imaginative products from bath bombs, bubble cookies, soap cupcakes, and much more. Kayla’s products are made with a combination of oils and butters, so your skin gets a healthy pampering when using them. The goal is to provide an enjoyable and luxurious bath experience for kids and adults alike with simple ingredients that can work with many skin types. The kids get some fizzy fun and the adults get those few precious moments of self-care. After sharing some of her homemade bath bombs with family and friends who fell in love with them, The Neon Cauldron was born. When Kayla launched in 2015, her first group of loyal supporters was her fellow babywearers called the Cupcakes. Through her involvement with this group, she tested out the products, got an endless source of new ideas, and found her most loyal customers. Another important source of support is her husband. Despite working his own full-time job, he dedicates his evenings to assisting Kayla however possible and always gives her some encouraging words. Much of her success can be attributed to word of mouth advertising from customers that spread the joy of her products to others. When Kayla is not busy with her boy or The Neon Cauldron, she is getting her geek on with books, movies, and video games, cooking, or working with her crochet hook. As a small business owner and a mother of a three year-old boy, Kayla appreciates the need to take time for yourself and refresh yourself before and after a hard day’s work. You are the most important part of a business when you are the whole business, so taking care of the other facets of your life are just as important as the business itself. Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out The Neon Cauldron and their fun and creative bathing products. You can visit The Neon Cauldron’s website and follow them on Facebook and...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Knotoday

Posted by on July 28, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market: Knotoday

YLNI Farmers Market: Knotoday

Cheyenne Gonzales loves to create, and she’s sharing this passion with the community. She started Knotoday earlier this year as her first business, along with the local creative group, Photanical. Cheyenne sells fiber art pieces: macrame wall hangings, plant holders, keychains, garlands, and select knitted pieces that garnish your home in style. All of her macrame pieces are 100% cotton and hand dyed. Not only can you buy her works of art, but also you can make your own! Knotoday shares the creative knowledge of fiber art making in local workshops.   Cheyenne got started selling pieces to friends and family. The inspiration for Cheyenne is her grandmother Vicki, the “Queen Crafter,” who is always willing to show Cheyenne new ideas and techniques.Word spread of her business with the help of social media, which has been a great communication tool for introducing Knotoday. While the goal is to continually grow Knotoday, she maintains a full-time job as an Insurance Specialist for Specialist Transportation. Outside of her passion of Knotoday, Cheyenne is a yogi at Pranayoga, a mom to her cat Johanna, and the biggest Jim Carrey fan you will ever meet.     The most important lesson Cheyenne has learned through starting Knotoday is to show appreciation to the people and opportunities that come your way. She is extremely grateful for to the small team who has been supporting her through this journey. After months of working on her craft, and a lifetime of developing her creativity, Cheyenne has learned that whatever you do, do it every day – be involved in your craft every single day.     Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out Knotoday and the unique products Cheyenne has to offer. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates and upcoming...

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YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

Posted by on July 21, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

YLNI Farmers Market: Nana’s Southern Treats

At Nana’s Southern Treats, Joyce Culberson (aka Nana), makes amazing assortments of homemade baked goods each week. Nana specializes in southern delicacies, such as rich buttery pound cakes, seasonal fruit tarts, pies, and pastries, all with homemade crusts. You can also pick up items like cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, cookies, and gooey sweet bars for the kids. With the help of her friend Linda (aka Mee Mee), Nana brings Southern hospitality to you in baked sweetness. Whether you are one of her fans clamoring for her booth every Saturday or new to her creations, Nana is seeks to bring a piece of happiness to you with every treat. Nana comes from the hills of Alabama, where she learned from her mother and grandmother to not only bake, but to create delicious food. She was taught that we eat with our eyes, as well as our mouths, so she works hard to make bakery treats that are both beautiful and delicious enough to share with family and friends. With this devotion to loving care, Nana decided that retirement offered a chance to share her passion with the rest of the community. This engagement with the community has created a new source of enjoyment–spending time with new friends and patrons at the market every Saturday. Quality, quality, quality. That’s the loving care that Nana expresses with every creation and the most important lesson she has learned. To be successful, you have to produce the highest quality product possible. Come down to the YLNI Farmers Market this summer to check out Nana’s Southern Treats and try their delicious homemade baked goods. Nana loves to gather with new friends just as much as she loves to share her creations with...

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YLNI Farmers Market – Old Fort Soap Company

Posted by on July 14, 2017 | Comments Off on YLNI Farmers Market – Old Fort Soap Company

YLNI Farmers Market – Old Fort Soap Company

  Who’s better at recommending a good soap than a friend? That’s why Gary and Hagan are started offering you their vast assortment of natural products from real, natural lye soap, to bath and body products, to house and home supplies. The best part is that you know exactly what is in every product, without having a degree in chemistry! As the name implies, Old Fort Soap has been around for some time now. More than 11 years ago, Gary and Hagan started out of a need to resolve their own skin care concerns that mass market products could not. Soon family and friends got hooked on the products, and Old Fort Soap Company was born. That same group of family and friends are still their greatest supporters today. Getting the company off the ground began with $250, no experience, and the desire to make something better. For the first 7 years of Old Fort Soap, they held day jobs as their friends base grew to the point where they could sustain themselves on just the business. Today, they are one of our largest vendors and sell out of most of their products every market. When Gary and Hagan can get away, they travel, spend time at their cabin with family and friends, and participate in community programs to support the less fortunate. Friends coming back after using their products is always a rewarding experience. The soap does smell great, but the benefits of natural lye soap brings people back time and time again. These successes have enabled them to reach their goals, but they are always setting new ones to achieve. They have learned a couple of lessons in their journey as well. In the past few years, they have been facing increasing competition with new soap vendors coming to the market. “You must be prepared to face that competition and know that it will keep you strong.” It took 7 years before Gary and Hagan could work on Old Fort Soap full-time, so they know that slow and steady wins the race. You have to put aside your doubts and fears, and keep plugging away at what you know is working. Get out to the market this summer and find Gary and Hagan (they only have the largest tent at the market)! Follow them on Facebook and visit their...

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