LFW Weekly Fun File
Sep29

LFW Weekly Fun File

  Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of 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. YLNI Uncorked Thursday, September 29 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wine, food (Bravas) and live music (Soul35)! This event is for active YLNI Members and one guest. If you’re not a member of YLNI, join! You can join here: http://bit.ly/2axNOQY 2. Speak Up! An Open Mic Night for Social Justice Thursday, September 29 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. We love how art can help incite change. Bring your talented selves to Pint and Slice and share some beautiful thoughts on how to make the world a better place. 3. Hospitality Uncorked Thursday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Music, drinks and food supporting a great cause. Help the Northeast Indiana Hospitality Association raise funds for events and programs, including the Student Scholarship Program. 4. Group Show Art Opening, 1 Year Anniversary, Mega Party Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It’s been a year! There’s the Group Show Art Opening, Affine Food Truck, a bar from Trubble, Conjure Coffee, desserts, discounts, and more! 5. Harvest Fest 2016 Saturday and Sunday October 1 and 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Apples, pumpkins, hay and food, all with no cover charge! Join the fall fun! 6. Fort4Fitness Saturday, October 1 It’s race day! 7. Fall Bridal Spectacular Sunday, October 2 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be over 100 vendors to help prepare all you brides-to-be out there for your big day! 8. Handmade Homemade Sale 2016 Sunday, October 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Handmade goodies from local artists. Peruse the selections and support our local, talented friends! 9. Guerrilla Theatre-Open Mic Sunday, October 2 at 8 p.m. Free takeover of the Let’s Comedy open mic night! Anyone who has something to try out, go ahead — give it a try! 10. Flowers on the River 2016 Monday, October 3 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Did you know October is Domestic Violence Awareness month? Flowers will be thrown off of the Martin Luther King, Jr. bridge and into the river in honor of each person whose life has been affected by domestic violence this past year. Don’t Forget: There are...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Taber Olinger of Fancy and Staple
Feb09

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Taber Olinger of Fancy and Staple

This week’s Entrepreneur Spotlight features Taber Olinger of Fancy & Staple, located on Broadway in Downtown Fort Wayne. Here at Living Fort Wayne, we LOVE Fancy & Staple. The boutique-style shop is unique, and browsing around is almost as fun as purchasing the amazing, individualistic products they have to offer. Seriously, I get lost in there for hours. Fancy & Staple’s mission is “to bring smaller independent lines to Fort Wayne, support local artisans, promote shop small/shop local, and to make downtown Fort Wayne a better place to live, work, and play.” Sounds great to us. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I’m from Fort Wayne and have always loved it here. For me, whenever something new comes this city, it’s REALLY exciting! Instead of taking it for granted because there’s already a bazillion other cool things, I feel more appreciative and connected to the progress. For the past 10 years (at least), I’ve wanted desperately to be part of that growth and offer something unique to Fort Wayne. Now that I’m finally there, I couldn’t be more thrilled!  What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? Definitely the Downtown Improvement District. They put on awesome events, with downtown’s best interest at heart, and have graciously included me since I opened last October. I’d also like to give a shout out to Fort Wayne Living, Fort Wayne Magazine, WANE Channel 15, and WBOI. Their interest in Fancy & Staple has provided me an abundant amount of exposure which I’m incredibly grateful for. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? I believe the biggest challenge I overcame happened in the very beginning. It was taking the initial leap, from idea to reality. Getting started can seem over whelming, scary, and impossible. For me, I needed a little push. Even though I had been preparing for years and I was as ready as I was ever going to be. Once I started the process, nothing could stand in my way. It was an amazing experience that I would do over and over again. What person has helped you the most in your journey? The process of opening my own business was tedious and time consuming, but not difficult. Since I did it all on my own, I felt it a good idea to reach out to certain professionals throughout the process. First, I sought guidance from SCORE and then the ISBDC. They were both great! Then I connected with an attorney and accountant, which should be a must for every entrepreneur. If I had to choose one person that...

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