Entrepreneurship Spotlight – Alexandra Hall
Aug10

Entrepreneurship Spotlight – Alexandra Hall

This Entrepreneurship Spotlight features Alexandra Hall, a local (wonderfully and amazingly talented) artist. She’s a member of Fort Wayne Artists Guild, Wunderkammer Company, and Artlink, and interestingly enough, holds degrees in non-art related fields. She got her start right here in Fort Wayne, at a 2013 art show at the Dash-In. She’s an inspiration for all of us to find the things that we are passionate about, pursue them, and not write-off the idea that our hobbies and talents can someday (with a lot of work and a little patience) turn into a full-time gig. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? Before I had a location at the City Exchange my business was mobile. I attended art festivals and showed work in galleries all over the country. While other cities may have a bigger art scene, I was able to develop a strong customer base here because there is a growing desire for unique and locally made artwork. When it was time for me to experiment with a brick and mortar location, I decided to test out the Fort Wayne market; I only signed a short term lease at the Exchange. I have a summer festival season coming up, so I closed my shop at the end of May, but I have learned a great deal about running a boutique/gallery space. I hope to return in September and find a different location for my studio/gallery. What resource in the Fort Wayne area has helped you thrive in the community? There is a very supportive arts community here. I would not be where I am today without my artist mentors and support from local galleries. People like Charley Shirmeyer, owner of Northside Galleries and local artist Terry Ratliff, have allowed me to make the move from hobbyist to professional artist. The kindness and generosity in this community is the only reason I am able to pursue art. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? I think the biggest challenge I have faced is balancing the growing clerical aspects to my business and the actual creation of my product. I have nothing to sell if I don’t remember to make time to paint! What person has helped you the most in your journey? My parents, Scott and Andrea Hall, have helped me the most. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? It isn’t easy. Surround yourself with positive people who want to see you succeed, and don’t allow obstacles to slow you down! What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
May12

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! 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 Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com. 1. Summit City Bicycles & Fitness Ladies’ Night Thursday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.       Ladies! Get information from your favorite local cycling groups and have light snacks and refreshments, as well as exclusive savings on all ladies’ items! Also, you could win a bike! 2. Fort Wayne Music Festival              A few days of musical fun is taking place at Headwaters park! Check it out! 3. Alexandra Hall Spring Art Show Friday, May 13 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.                 Alex Hall has beautiful art! Get out and enjoy the show! King Arthur’s Trolley food truck will be there, and free drinks will be available while they last, or bring your own! 4. Fiber Arts Celebration Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14             Vendors specializing in fiber arts will have lots of great items for sale. Natural fibers including prepared and raw wool, alpaca, silk and cotton will also be available for sale. You can visit with live sheep, alpacas, goats, rabbits, and other farm animals at the petting zoo and then take a wagon ride (I saw pictures of lambs and died). Take the kids and your grandma, they will both love it. 5. Fairytale Fest Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.         This will be so fun! The event featuring so many fairy tales we know and love! A part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, Fairy Tale Fest features four performances by three different organizations on four different stages! 6. Beoir Go Leoir Saturday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.         JK’s annual Beer event focusing on midwest breweries. Check it out and have some fun! 7. Rock N’ Brew Saturday, May 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.           You can leave JK’s and hit up Rock N’ Brew for more beer tasting fun! 8. Remake Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.         Cinema Center’s annual sale and auction of locally designed movie posters. This year, all the posters are inspired by the long filmography of Bill Murray!   9. Transcend – An Optical Art experience Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9...

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