Sci-Fi Central returns with new experiences this October
Aug16

Sci-Fi Central returns with new experiences this October

Experience something new at Sci-Fi Central on Oct. 6! We are adding some new things to our annual science fiction and pop culture mini-convention this year, like a cosplay contest, new vendors and more! Join the cosplay contest to show off your costuming and makeup skills! The first place finisher in the contest will win a gift package of fun prizes, with second and third place finishers getting special recognition at the event. All cosplays must be family-friendly and follow all the rules & regulations. The deadline to pre-register is Sept. 30, and participants may register the day of the event if space is available. Bravas, Kona Ice, Ivy Tech’s Grasshopper, and Whip & Chill food trucks will be open in the Science Central parking lot for the event. There will also be other local merchandise vendors throughout the building with comics, collectibles, and more for sale! Do you and a group have a special presentation on a science fiction or pop culture topic? We want to invite you to be one of our panel discussions this year! Space is limited, but registrations are still open. Of course, our favorites are also returning this year The Midwest R2 Builder’s Club, Dagorhir, Harry Potter activities, Virtual Reality, and 501st Legion are all back for another great event! Sci-Fi Central is $9 for ages 3 and up, free for children 2 and under and Science Central Members. Tickets are available online for purchase in...

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Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!
Jul04

Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

There are so many cool things going on downtown this summer! The Three River’s Festival is coming up, the farmer’s market is a great place to make purchases, and TinCaps baseball is in full swing. If you get a chance, try to make Lunch on the Square to one of your downtown destinations. You can grab a great lunch there every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:30PM now through August at Freimann Square. This should be a must for anyone who has a free day, or who works nearby and can allow time on their lunch breaks to eat. Unfortunately, I work too far away to personally check it out, so I reached out to a few locals to get their opinions on the event. Amber Ruiz, her husband, and their son attended the very first Thursday of the season. Daniel and TJ Musser (ages 9 and 12) try to make it out a couple times a year with their family. Let’s see what they have to say about the event! What is your favorite thing to eat? Daniel: The Snooooop Dog is my favorite thing at Bravas. TJ: Bravas hot dogs because they are very good. I probably like the Snooooop Dog the best. (the Snooooop dog is a vienna beef frank, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, and aioli. You can have this on a burger, also!) Amber: My family and I tried the Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck-it was completely delicious!  We tried the tacos and jambalaya. No way you could go wrong!   What’s the crowd like? Daniel: It depends on the day. If it’s all droopy and rainy there is not much but if it’s sunny and nice there’s a lot more. TJ: It’s usually busy. There is a lot of people in line for the food trucks. Amber: We went to lunch on the square the first day- Thursday, June 7th. There was a considerable amount of people coming and going, enjoying the lunch trucks and free music, entertainment, and visiting stations/centers of local Fort Wayne vendors.   Is there other entertainment there? Daniel: There is music every week, but sometimes there are street performers there too. TJ: There’s shops and people playing music. There are stands you can get sunglasses from. (Local radio stations and other agencies have giveaway booths at the Square also!) Amber: The day my family and I went to Lunch on the Square, we were entertained by Alicia Pyle Quartet and a student From Covington Elementary- Addison Stout. Both put on a great performance, and allowed my family time to sit down and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.   The Downtown Improvement District made Freimann Square THE...

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Bravas – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov29

Bravas – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

From a food cart to a food truck to a brick and mortar location serving up hot dogs, burgers and more, Bo Gonzalez and Bravas has experienced impressive growth in the Fort Wayne community since 2011. We caught up with one of the city’s most successful young restaurateurs in today’s entrepreneurship spotlight. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne? I think being born and raised here has a lot to do with it. When I started Bravas back in 2011 there was a lack of local food trucks/restaurants ran by local entrepreneurs so that was also a big part of the motivation to open in Fort Wayne – tons of opportunity. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I would have to say the other small business owners in the city. There’s a great community of local entrepreneurs that have been super helpful. Getting to talk to another person about real life business challenges/successes has been huge for my own success. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Growth. We have grown pretty quickly over the last five-six years and that brings about so many challenges like staffing, sourcing more ingredients, investing company capital, training, etc. What person has helped you the most in your journey? This is hard because so many people have helped myself and Bravas get to where we are. If I have to pick it’s gotta be Mom and Dad. They were on board from the beginning and have continued to support us in so many ways. My mom even named the company. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Do work that makes you feel good everyday. You’re going to work insane hours so love what you do. Take breaks when needed and take care of yourself mentally and physically. Great work demands a lot. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? This is hard because I feel Fort Wayne is actually pretty great for entrepreneurs. Maybe some sort of incentive for local options as opposed to chain, out of state options. For example if a grocery store wanted to open downtown, open it up to a local entrepreneur first before getting bids from larger chains.   For more information on Bravas, go to their website. Browse our website for a complete listing of past “Entrepreneurship Spotlights.” If you are an entrepreneur in the area who would like to share your story like today’s spotlight did, connect with us...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Dec01

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Holiday Season! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of fun ongoings and events that we’re excited about 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 go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. “Christmas at Home” with the Swinney Sisters Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 Celebrate the holidays in true victorian fashion at the Swinney homestead. The house will be decked in beautiful victorian decorations and light refreshments will be provided. 2. Fort Wayne Ballet: The Nutcracker Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 11, Time varies This beautiful holiday tradition is finally here! 3. The Polar Express Pajama Party Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The annual Polar Express Storytime! Activities, coloring, and letters to Santa. 4. Midnight Sale Friday, December 2 from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Hyde Brothers at night! There will be sales! If you wear something festive, you get a free book, so fun! 5. Santa Train Times and days vary, check their website for details. This train ride with Santa is so fun. The first round of tickets is sold out, but they are adding dates/times and more tickets will go on sale shortly! Your kids will have a blast, especially if they like trains. 6. Christmas on the Farm Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides, Father Christmas, holiday vendors selling 100% homemade items, and more!   7. Mad Ants Vs. Windy City Bulls December 3 at 7 p.m. Check out the Mad Ants this weekend! For more information about the team, have a look at our latest article. 8. Bravas Presents: WTF Sundaze Saunday, December 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If it’s not breakfast, lunch, or brunch, then what is it? The only way to find out what’s on the menu is by attending! 9. Holiday Open House and Sensitive Santa Visit December 4 at 2 p.m. This is awesome. If you have a child with sensory issues, this is an opportunity to take them to see Santa and get their picture taken. There will be a hot chocolate bar, christmas cookies, and lots of fun! 10. Moscow Ballet Presents: Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This should be a wonderful, classic, traditional holiday show. 11. Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This...

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Tacos Bravas – Tacos are Coming
Jun28

Tacos Bravas – Tacos are Coming

You guys. Never since the advent of the taco emoji has there been such exciting news in the world of tacos. Bravas, the culinary geniuses who have brought us specialty hot dogs and gourmet burgers are bringing a Taco Bus to the city of Fort Wayne. Behold Tacos Bravas, the newest creation of the Bravas food empire.   I sat down with owner Bo Gonzalez at Bravas specialty burger joint to get the skinny on the newest addition to the Bravas family. Bravas food journey started in May 2011 with a food cart that sold the most delicious hot dog creations that you can imagine. (My fave is El Gringo. Just order it and thank me later.)  Bravas had quite the following and in September 2012 a food truck joined its fleet and roamed the streets of Fort Wayne delivering specialty hotdogs and the most amazing patatas you can imagine. The special garlic aioli sauce may be slightly addicting… don’t say I didn’t warn you. On the heels of the success of burger nights on the food truck, Bravas opened its very own store front in December 2014 where they butcher, cure, and grind their burger meat in-house to serve up the most amazing burger creations I have had the pleasure of devouring. (My fave is the PB Burger. Homemade peanut butter, bacon, pickled peppers, and mayo. You’re welcome.)   With all the success that Bo has experienced with the storefront I asked him why tacos? And why a taco bus? Believe it or not, Bravas was always supposed to be a specialty taco concept. Bo is of Spanish descent and grew up frequenting taquerias. When he did the research to see how much a taco cart with the initial equipment would be, it was too much for the then 19-year-old to handle. But now with the last five successful years under his belt, he is ready to go back to his original Bravas concept and create specialty tacos to be washed down with horchata and fresh lemonade self-served off of the bus.   So wait…why a bus? You can thank a late night scrolling Craig’s List for that. Bo came across an old Head Start bus for sale on a Sunday and by that Wednesday he pulled the trigger and bought it creating Fort Wayne’s first Tacos Bravas taco bus, which is projected to officially open this coming fall. They will close for winter, although you can order them for indoor catering just like the other Bravas creations.   Bravas is known for its exceptional quality so naturally Tacos Bravas dishes will be made with fresh ingredients including...

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